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Lot 231

Lindbergh Scoffs at Idea of Him Working for the CIA and Assails the Press

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Lindbergh Scoffs at Idea of Him Working for the CIA and Assails the Press


Lindbergh Scoffs at Idea of Him Working for the CIA and Assails the Press

2pp, 8.25" x 11", signed "Charles (A. Lindbergh)." Dated March 12, 1971 and addressed to the Editor of The New York Times, Alden Whitman. A disgruntled Lindbergh expresses his anger about a recent article published in Esquire, entitled "Travels with Charlie", by Edgar Needham. It reads in part:

"I have just read the Esquire article by Needham. To say that I am disgusted and disappointed is to put the matter mildly. The Needham-Esquire article, as you know, is fictionalized and highly inaccurate. In it, expedition joking is distorted and turned into serious conversation. My friends are spoken of sneeringly, including yourself. Statements are attributed to me that I did not make. Implications are made that have no foundation in fact, as for instance the suggestion in the end paragraph that I might have been working for the C.I.A. I think that what disturbs me most about the Needham article is that it brings to me the realization that I cannot depend even on a New York Times agreement, not because the Times wishes to violate an agreement but because it is unable to exercise sufficient control to maintain one. In addition to this, I am again reminded of my feeling -- resulting from decades of experience -- that press contacts invariably bring instances that surround life with inaccuracy, cheapness, and confusion..."

In his later years, Charles became active in conservationism, believing that the only way to achieve viable nature conservation was to balance technology and conservation. In this pursuit, he traveled to the Philippines and Africa in order to work with various groups and tribes to protect endangered species.

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