Attica Blues at 50

The newspaper box under our mailbox still says “Times Union.” We were subscribers of the afternoon paper back in the day, right up til their last issue, and then we switched to the D&C. The picture on the front page of today’s D&C showed five Times Union reporters, the late Jack Garner among them, celebrating their Pulitzer Prize in 1972. They won it for reporting that it was police gunshots that killed the hostages in nearby Attica Prison and not the prisoners’ homemade knives, as we had originally been told.

Check out President Nixon on the phone with Governor Rockefeller patting each other on the back for the debacle.

Dick Cooper, one of those five TU reporters has a great piece in the paper that re-tells the real story.

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