“Mr. Butz’s nomination as secretary of agriculture by President Nixon in 1971 was approved in the Senate by a vote of only 51 to 44, an extraordinarily close margin for a cabinet figure, as his ties to agricultural big business coming under criticism. Nevertheless, he asserted himself from the outset in making farm policy.
“Butz’s power as secretary of agriculture seemed overwhelming,” Joel Solkoff wrote in “The Politics of Food” (Sierra Club Books, 1985). “He made one decision to sell the Russians massive quantities of grain that virtually overnight transformed the basic problem of U.S. agricultural policy from what to do with the surplus to how to make up for the shortage.”
—The New York Times, February 4, 2008
This 1986 unedited interview with Earl Butz took place nearly 10 years after he resigned in disgrace as Secretary of Agriculture for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. It also took place after Butz, as a private citizen, had served a brief term in federal prison for income tax evasion.
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I DO NOT HAVE CANCER ANYMORE. The disease was treated by conventional radiation therapy, and my physicians say that it has been eradicated. I believe that I have been cured, despite a recurring nightmare that a doctor is examining my body, checking for lumps.
Today, I had lunch with Laura in the oak-paneled dining room of the Hay-Adams Hotel. We each had two drinks and needed more. Our love affair became a casualty of the cancer cure. Too much intensity was confined to too short a period of time, time that always seemed to be running out. Although we tried afterward, we were unable to salvage our relationship. Today, I told Laura that I am engaged to marry another woman—Diana, whom I met after the cancer experience was over. Laura and I toasted to the future—a future that we will not share.
A twenty-eight-year-old writer recounts his experiences after being diagnosed as having lymphatic cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, detailing the painful medical treatments and emotional adjustments of learning to live with cancer.
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Solkoff, Joel. Learning To Live Again: My Triumph over Cancer.
Holt. Jun. 1983. c.220p. LC 82-18743. ISBN 0-03-057647-4. SI6.95. MED/PER NAR
Solkoff is diagnosed as having Hodgkin’s disease, a type of cancer. He fears the disease and the possibility of death.
He undergoes radiation treatment to eradicate the cancer, “Radiation treatment was the worst experience of my life”: he loses his appetite and his energy, and he becomes depressed. He feels humiliation, anger, and misery.
Written with honesty and feeling, Learning To Live Again is a story of remarkable courage in the face of disease.
Highly recommended for public library collections.
–Marliss H Hooker, Univ. of Connecticut Health Ctr. Lib., Farmington. June 1, 1983