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At 04:36 PM 7/20/01 -0400, Janet Valentine wrote:
>In fact, it's impossible for mere mortals to "KNOW" how Mac (or anyone
else) spent his every moment. There are certainly a substantial number of
things about his life we can document or cross-check to the extent that
they can be accepted as fact, but we cannot know with the surety that upper
case letters suggest. To assert otherwise is historically unsound.
Cute, but inaccurate. With MacArthur, at least from 1935 onwards, we come
really close to knowing exactly how he spent every minute of every day. He
was a creature of immense habit, and did the same thing, at the same time,
each day. Second, his staff had access to him day in, day out, whenever
they needed him -- and ALL of them stated that he was absolutely easy to
find, as he always did the same thing, every day.
Read the three standard MacArthur biographies (Clayton James, Manchester,
Perrett) for details and discussion -- this regularity baffled all three of
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