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Thompson, Paul (20 of 22).  Oral History of Oral History

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  • Recording date

    2012-11-22, 2013-03-11, 2013-05-23, 2013-07-12, 2013-08-13, 2013-09-18, 2014-09-01, 2014-12-02, 2015-04-28, 2016-03-31

  • Recording locations

    British Library, London (Tracks 1-20) Poplar (Tracks 21-22)

  • Interviewees

    Thompson, Paul, 1935- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 20: Feels he was going bipolar and over reacting and has had treatment. During that phase Ron Grele contacted him and asked if he would succeed him as editor of the Journal of Oral History. Not keen in part because of the publisher, Alan Meckler. Paul deliberated for a while with Alan who then lost patience with Paul. Paul wrote an article in the journal which was slightly satirical. This upset Alan who sent a number of letters threatening legal action. Paul consulted a libel lawyer who suggested a letter of apology. Difficult meeting of the OHS committee with John Saville in the chair. Paul met Alan in the US later on. A lot of his condition was feeling down. But he also had up periods where he felt very strong. Last time he had a swing was in 1998.

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    Life story interview with Paul Thompson, co-founder of National Life Stories.

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