Today is March 30th, and it was 41 years ago today that a young man tried to kill President Ronald Reagan.
And one of the most controversial things that happened that day happened to a man with a long and distinguished military and public service career, general. Alexander Haig.
Haig was a graduate of West point m. He served in Korea, served in Vietnam, earned the silver Star and the purple heart. And by 1973 was the youngest four-star general ever in the US army.
In 1973, Haig became President Richard Nixon’s, Chief of staff just as the Watergate scandal was turning up to full boil.
In fact, many say that Haig was instrumental in persuading Nixon to resign the presidency in 1974.
In 1980, after being elected president in a landslide, Ronald Reagan chose Haig as his secretary of State. And it was the following March 30th, the day. John Hinckley Jr. Tried to assassinate the president, that Haig made a comment that will haunt him.
In 1992, Haig wrote a book called inner circles. And that’s when I have the chance to meet him. So here now, from 1992, general Alexander Haig.
Human sexuality has been widely studied, researched, and written about over the years, most notably, perhaps, by Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson .
In the 1970s and ’80s, there was a trilogy of books about sexuality by another researcher that drew widespread praise and criticism. It was called The Hite Report, by researcher Shere Hite.
Much of the controversy centered on the fact that Hite was a feminist who drew upon political and philosophical viewpoints into her work.
In 1988 she completed her trilogy with a volume called Women And Love. And that’s when I first met her, during a whirlwind book tour that included some controversial stops, including TV’s Phil Donahue show.
It was around this time in 1961 that a group of five young men formed a singing group called The Elgins. They were good, so good that Berry Gordy signed them to a contract at Motown. Trouble was, there was already a group called The Elgins, so Gordy asked them to find a new name.
That’s when they became The Temptations. Their leader and founder was baritone Otis Williams.
And over the next five decades, the temptations establish themselves as one of the most popular and most enduring soul music acts.
In 1988, Williams wrote a book that was part memoir, part story of The Temptations. And that’s when I had the chance to meet him .
So here now, from 1988, Otis Williams.
Otis Williams is 80 now. He still performs occasionally with the Temptations.
Some think this is the beginning of another Cold war. Or worse. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the course of world events.
Not since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 have Americans paid such close attention to Russia .
I was thinking recently that this called to mind and interview I did in 1995, with a Russian woman named Luba Brezhneva.
If her last name sounds familiar, it should. Her uncle, Leonid Brezhnev, was Soviet premiere for 18 years after the ouster of his predecessor. Nikita Khrushchev.
Luba was just barely out of her teens when her uncle took over the USSR, and in many ways her story is simply that of a young woman finding her way in the world. Luba Brezhneva was in a unique position. And it wasn’t always a pleasant position.
In fact, it became downright dangerous when she fell in love with a German man.
Luba eventually left the USSR and came to the United States. In 1995 she wrote a book called The World I Left Behind. And that’s when I met her.
Now it is very important to remember that this interview was recorded almost 27 years ago, while the dust was still settling after the breakup of the Soviet Union. What you’ll hear us talking about should not necessarily be taken as an indication of what life in Russia may be like today.
So here now, from 1995, Luba Brezhneva.
Luba Brezhneva is 79 now. She lives in California and still writes.
A young British boys fascination with science, and with metals and chemistry in particular, led to him becoming one of the world’s foremost neurologists.
And the author of best-selling books about science.
His name was Oliver Sacks. He’s the author of books such as The Man Who mistook His Wife For a Hat, and The Island of The Color Blind. But he is perhaps best known for his 1973 book Awakenings, which became a major movie in 1990 starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.
In 2001, his book Uncle Tungsten told of how, as a youngster, he first became interested in science.