Probably the biggest ego trip in the world is to write an autobiography. At least that is the
thought I have had for many years past, and I still hold somewhat to that philosophy. However,
having lived past the Biblical age of three score and ten, and looking back at the long and good
life that I have had, the natural "modesty" (?) has been overcome at least to the point of my
beginning to dictate some of the experiences of my life.
I have been encouraged to do so by many friends, including my long time assistant, Betty
Bargmann, who is hopefully volunteering to type these words from my dictating machine. I
have also been encouraged by the teaching I have done at the University for the last thirteen
years. My lectures there have been in the field of International Studies and Political Science.
Particularly in an election year, such as this (1994), the subject of the lectures involve politics
in South Carolina in the Twentieth Century. As I have remarked to my classes, I have lived
through, observed and participated in much of the political process in our state in these years.
Out of that experience has grown many stories which are not, and probably should not be written
in the history books, but give some color and some life to our political process. After all,
politics is people, and the human failings that we have seen in the political process are nothing
more than a manifestation of the humanness of the individuals who participate.
In addition, I kept daily records of my term as governor and my four years as Ambassador to
Saudi Arabia. I have not determined how these should be included in whatever comes from this
effort. Naturally, they will remind me of other experiences and incidents. When I was about
to leave Saudi Arabia I started the outline of a book. In constructing that outline I recognized
early on that any of the incidents which would probably make the book saleable would probably
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