Sunday, October 29, 2000

Rhodes, Gilligan address journalists

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than a quarter-century after they ran against each other for the state's highest post, former governors James Rhodes and John Gilliganspoke Friday at a forum at the Society of Professional Journalists' national convention.

        Asked how he got along with reporters, Mr. Rhodes responded, “I did a lot of work for the reporters. Once in a while they'd get there late, and I'd get in there at 6:30 or 7 (a.m.) and have the story ready for them.”

        Mr. Gilligan said reporters are the prime vehicle for keeping the public informed.

        Mr. Gilligan served one term, from 1971 to 1974, between Rhodes' pair of two-term stints in office, from 1963 to 1970 and 1975 to 1982.


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