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"The Joke" Transcript
Diana Walker:

The first really "behind-the-scenes" picture I'd ever taken of President Ronald Reagan, it was taken about two months after he was inaugurated and he had an interview with Walter Cronkite. It was Cronkite's last interview with a sitting president as anchor of the Evening News and I was shooting the interview for CBS. And afterwards there was a party, sort of, that was given for Walter Cronkite in the President's study off—off the Oval Office and I went in and they were telling jokes apparently. And as I explained—I explained many times, when I'm photographing, I'm concentrating so hard that I don't hear and I don't know what the joke was. So, I have asked—I have asked every single man in that picture what the joke was and no one will tell me.

(Audio excerpt from The Littlefield Society Symposium, March 28, 2003, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas)

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