Okay, here’s the deal. In my interview with Paul Kimball, I suggested that the Bob Pratt interview with Jesse Marcel, Sr. was not as cut and dried as it seemed. I suggested that there were areas of interpretation that could be altered by the insertion or deletion of a comma. I explained what I meant by this, but apparently that explanation wasn’t good enough or wasn’t completely understood. Seems that some thought I was attacking Pratt’s ability as a journalist and everyone knew how careful he was.
The problem, I believe, is that many of those making such comments have not seen the original transcript. Karl Pflock published it in his book, but he cleaned it up for clarity, and I think that is where the problem lies. Karl put his interpretation on parts of it and that might have reflected the sometimes confusing nature of the interview.
So, I thought I’ll publish the original interview as Pratt typed it himself. Remember, also, that I asked Pratt about the tape from which the interview was made, and Pratt told me that it no longer existed. Once a story was finished, they reused the tape. Nothing nefarious here, just a bunch of people who didn’t understand the value of taped interviews to those of us who came later. It would have been nice to hear Jesse Marcel, Sr., say the things in the transcript to Pratt. It might have answered a question or two.
Following are scans of the eight pages that Pratt typed himself after the interview so that they can be compared to Karl’s cleaned up version… and for those who can’t understand these things, I’m not saying that Karl was engaged in anything nefarious. He was just attempting to make it simpler for everyone to understand the interview. These are scanned from actual copies of the Pratt interview Marcel:
|Page 2 (Highlighting and underlining is Pratt's)|
|Page 4 (Highlighting is mine)|