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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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A Scandal Involving the Iowa National Guard

1/9/78

When he arrives at the Iowa governor’s office, Amb. Quinn describes how he is given a bare office at the end of a corridor with no real assignment or substantive issues to cover. Sitting alone, he fears that he may have taken a wrong turn onto the wrong road in his career. Asked by the Chief of Staff to cover a legislative hearing lead by the opposition party, Amb. Quinn spends several hours listening to legislators probe whether the Adjutant General had permitted his assistant to type a graduate school term paper for him on government time. Having gone through the Watergate and Vietnam scandals in Washington, Amb. Quinn is incredulous that such a trivial matter would be taken so seriously. And then he is thrust into a major front page story.

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