Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #293
…I kept the whole incident a secret for the year it took to write the book. I never publicly proclaimed it as nonfiction, and that makes me a freaking Communist?…
“I am being accused of what?” Carolyn Hanes has heard something that literally floors her.
“Like I was saying, Joe McCarthy claims that you are a Communist.”
“… Me and ten thousand of my closest friends. This is a bunch of crap, Stanley. What did I do to deserve this?”
“Conspiracy in the Cactus was not exactly flattering to the United States military. You made them come off like a bunch of lying skunks.”
“If anything I wrote was inappropriate, you were my editor, you edited most of my books. What did I write that wasn’t true?”
“Nothing really, Lyn. But 490,000 people read that book as a piece of fiction. The other 10,000 took it at face value, knowing that what Constance Caraway and Ace Bannion dug up in New Mexico really happened. If the complete truth were ever to come out, I think the feds fear public panic and egg on their faces.”
“I kept the whole incident a secret for the year it took to write the book. I never publicly proclaimed it as nonfiction, and that makes me a freaking Communist?”
“You should be proud; you’re in some good company. He was going to go after George Orwell also.”
“He died in January, for crying out loud!”
“That Big Brother thing of his may have been construed as subversive.” Stan Rogers is trying to be protective of Harpers Publishing’s most profitable commodity. “Remember what happened to the Hollywood Ten.”
“Dalton Trumbo was a Party member. The only party I belong to is a book signing at Julie’s Gifts on Tennessee Street!”
“I’m here to tell you, Lyn, they are trying to get to old man Harper. I am the main reason Conspiracy in the Cactus went to print. Harper was leaning against publishing it, for some the same reason Joe McCarthy thinks that it is anti-government yellow journalism.”
Rogers fears a society that ignores the truth, in favor of lies. “How is your friend Bob Ford doing?”
“He’s been out flying, I don’t know.”
“He called here looking for you, before you got here. He was arrested for flying drugs into the country.”
“He called from Miami.”
“Well I’m glad you got around to telling me.”
“I didn’t know how much you cared or what I had to tell you was that important.”
“So now you know I care. Is that against the law too? You know, I’m really getting tired of being jerked around.” She gets up to leave.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m going to see if North Korea needs some help.”
“Be careful who you say things like that to.” Stan Rogers is dead serious.
“I’m on the next flight to Miami. Give my regards to the Old Man.”
Alpha Omega M.D.