Monthly Archives: October 2018

This 101 year old Historian’s Plea

Vaughn Davis Bornet

By now, many of you are familiar with the outcries of Ashland, Oregon’s elderly scholar. Living on (now past 101), he can’t help noticing what’s happening to the Executive Branch of the government of the United States. He’s not happy! Nothing at Emory, Georgia, or Stanford, apparently, prepared him for today’s spectacle of government by guesswork. So here he is again, this time close to fulminating….in summary: that occupant of the Oval Office has to go—and soon.

So it has come to this: Our free press is subject to ridicule; actually, it is undergoing threat. Presidential antagonism is approaching entirely too close to action.

Not too long ago, political opposition to “the Press” was quietly endured as “well meaning, but wrong.” Now, the expression “lock her up” has spread from a candidate’s lips to an office-holder’s lips. It has become a slogan. Worse, Donald J. Trump’s favorite outcry “Fake News” is no longer exotic; it is commonplace, or close enough. It is regarded in some places as a normal way to refer to America’s daily news headlines.

Political rallies have long occupied partisans as election day approached. Now, it does seem, instead of governing, the White House occupant campaigns around the calendar—instead of concentrating on Congress or the passing scene.

At one time, high office holders in D. C. took an assigned position and went to work for “the duration.” Now, many top officials simply quit in mid-stream, and proceed to walk out. Maybe they are told to go, and “hurry up about it.” (Goodness knows what kind of instructions our Attorney General Sessions has gotten from his “boss.”)

In this Administration, reputations fade, so much so that individuals have to leave! It is “one jump ahead of the sheriff,” so to speak. Or, “Go while the going’s good.”

Let’s say there is an Event. Our president misrepresents it. That happening was only a few weeks or months ago, but we cannot trust our president to tell the truth about it. What actually happened, back then? Well, the Truth is something you are not going to hear from today’s occupant of Air Force One.

In life it has long been a truism that there are “the good guys” and there are the “bad guys.” In statecraft, however, it is no longer easy to tell our allies from our enemies! Once, we made permanent friends of nations far away and tied them to us with Alliances. Today, you can’t tell any ally without checking first with the White House to make sure which nation is a friend and which an enemy. Indeed, they may well have switched overnight!

This is serious stuff. The ship of state has no helmsman, it seems; or maybe he just doesn’t think it important for us to know the differences between a true friend and a dangerous enemy.

All of these things that are happening to us from within our American Government in 2018 are important. But the travails of The Press are damaging to the point they simply cannot be laughed off, ridiculed, treated as “no more than a joke, really.” We have to enjoy a free press. That’s A FREE PRESS. We must have it.

There is indeed a field of endeavor called “journalism.” It has standards, and concepts, and principles. All are taught in college classrooms. Our present political leader ridicules any such idea and barges ahead—to the point where his expression “lock ‘em up” or whatever it is, sounds suspiciously like a proclamation of jail time back in Nazi or Fascist days.

What I want at this point is an end to high school games that masquerade in the guise of proper conduct for Leaders! In government the stakes are much too high to “play around” with them. I must have a return to sense and sensibility to be happy at rest every day.

I really want, if the truth be known, the removal of Donald J. Trump from the presidential office. If I can’t have that, I want powerful individuals in named offices (Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, etc.) who will keep that one from running things until his term has limped to its end.

I feel, overall, as though my Country has been borrowed away from me. Totally without my permission, mind you. And somebody owes me for time spent playing at the fair grounds.

Now and then I feel like washing my hands. I want to Do Something Dramatic. Maybe yell a little. Read another book with a title like Fury, or maybe Fire, or Unhinged—and coast for a few hours or a day or so until the revelations and the prose in the new book’s pages wear off. What I am saying, I guess, is that I don’t want to be alone in my antagonism against this amateur (that’s right: amateur) in the Oval Office.

How to end this, well, has it really become a diatribe? Promise me this madman with the simple habits and all that spare money will go away. Soonest. Bring in somebody who has read in depth of the lifetime of Herbert Hoover’s dedication; the comprehensive love of Life of Theodore Roosevelt; Lincoln’s use of language to elevate national spirits; Jefferson’s ability to raise my comprehension of self-government by framing a document that’s good for me.

For Hell’s sake: I’m sick to death of mediocrity, of posturing, of pretense, of lies told with a straight face. What did I do to deserve THIS? The corridors outside the Oval Office need new inhabitants. Trump relatives are handsome and/or pretty, but I have to say they don’t fill me with confidence in their experience or abilities. And I believe the truth to be that they haven’t really earned those high and powerful positions by earlier hard work.
Bring in somebody as president who can shame Congress into doing what is right! Figure out some way this TV star can’t pick somebody else to fill a Supreme Court vacancy with all that is bound to entail. Most of all, please:

Bring dignity back to my White House. Don’t let this fellow salute one more time; it gives me the willies to think of a general or admiral kowtowing to this guy, even if he does, probably, get a kick out of the winks and nudges at home later on.

I want my Country back. Is it too much to ask?

Articles and Reviews 1946-94


Essays published in a “Georgia Cauldron” column of the Macon Telegraph, spring, 1946:
“Future Social Consequences of GI Training.” Mar. 29, 1946.
“Are Colleges Teaching Citizenship?” Apr. 5, 1946.
“Automobile Accidents Can Be Stopped.” Apr. 26, 1946. “Some Suggestions on Macon’s Industrial Future.” (date?) “The CIO and the South.” May 14, 1946.
“The Coming Buyers’ Strike.” (date?)
“Are the Discharge Buttons in Macon to Stay?” (date?)
“Let’s Bring Shakespeare to Macon.” (date?)
“Governor Talmadge and the 1950 Campaign.”

“First of a Series of Books on the South Published.” Review essay on E. Merton Coulter, The South During Reconstruction, 18651977. (1947). In Miami Daily News, sometime in 1947.

“A Connecticut Yankee Fights at Olustee,” Florida Historical Quarterly, Jan. 1949, pp. 237-259.

“A Connecticut Yankee After Olustee,” Ibid., April 1949, pp. 385403.

“Presidential Politics in Lassen County, 1864 to 1952,” Lassen [Calif.] Advocate, October 30, 1952. 4,600-word essay based on precinct records.
“Historical Scholarship, Communism, and the Negro.” Journal of Negro History, July 1952, pp. 304-324.

“Doctoral Dissertations and the Stream of Scholarship,” College and University, October 1952, pp. 11-30.

“Old Letters, Papers, Valuable to Stanford.” Stanford Review, Feb.

Abstracts, “Labor and Politics in 1928.” Abstracts of Dissertations,
Stanford University, 1950-51. 1700 words. Shortened version, Dissertation Abstracts, 1952, pp. 2856. 750 words.

“Journey into Frustration.” Antioch Review, Spring, 1953, pp. 118121.

Three articles on organized labor. Palo Alto Times, Sept. 18, 19, 1953.

“Microfilm Publication of Doctoral Dissertations,” Bulletin of the
American Association of University Professors, vol. 39, no. 3 (Autumn, 1953), pp. 502-513.

“Those ‘Robber Barons,’” Western Political Quarterly, vol. VI, no. 2 (June 1953), pp. 342-346.

“Oral History Can be Worthwhile,” American Archivist, July, 1955, pp. 241-253.

“The New Labor History: A Challenge for American Historians, The
Historian, XVIII, no. 1 (Autumn, 1955), pp. 1-24. Reprinted in the Bobbs-Merrill Reprint Series in History, pamphlet H-243. Includes an inventory of the AFL archives.

“The Communist Party in the Presidential Election of 1928,” Western Political Quarterly, XI, no. 3 (September 1958), pp. 514538.

“A Book on Medical Care.” Review article based on Readings in
Medical Care (1958). In Journal of the American Medical Association, Dec. 13, 1958), pp. 2025-8.

“The Manuscripts of Social Welfare,” American Archivist, XXIII, no.
1 (January 1960), pp. 33-48.

“An Oral History Project for the Harry S. Truman Library: A Statement of Intentions,” RAND unnumbered publication. March 7, 1960.

“The United States in 1960,” RAND unnumbered publication, 1960, 24 pages.
“Research in the Economics and Sociology of Medical Care: A Point of View.” American Behavioral Scientist, Feb.1961, pp. 8-12.

“Seeking Social Welfare Facts in a California County: Sacramento,”
RAND P-2494, 13 pages. Speech to Citizens’ Welfare Advisory
Committee, Board of Supervisors, Sacramento, December 5, 1961.

Untitled testimony. California Senate Fact Finding Committee on Labor and Welfare, n.d. (1960). 26 pages.

“A Credo of Public Policy Toward the Dependency Problem in California,” RAND P-2645, October 1962. 8 pages. Delivered before the first California Seminar on Welfare, sponsored by the Grand Jury Association of Calif. and the Citizens Welfare Advisory Committees of California counties, Sept. 29, 1962.

“The Perfect Place of Learning,” The Siskiyou, May 15, 1964.

“The Academic Freedom of Students.” Run in three installments in The Siskiyou, April. 8, 29, and May 6, 1966. On the very eve of termination!

“The Moley-Roosevelt Era,” The Intercollegiate Review, May-June,
1967, pp. 253-258. A review essay on Raymond Moley, The First New Deal. (1966).
Newspaper title: “’American Dream’ Installment Draws Rebuttal From SOC Professor.” Medford Mail Tribune, February 4, 1975.

“Guest Editorial.” The Siskiyou, January 21, 1977. Guidance for students desiring a well-rounded education.

Newspaper title: “’Good Old Days’ Lost to New Preoccupation with Hyperawareness of Evil.” The Oregonian, November 29, 1982.

“An Eyewitness Account of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy on the
Hustings, San Mateo County [Calif.], February 10, 1954,” The
Pacific Historian, XXIX, no. 1 (Spring, 1985), pp. 69-75. Illustrated.

“Personal History.” The Institute for Historical Study Newsletter, Winter, 1983, pp. 6-7. An autobiographical account of scholarly life outside academia.

Newspaper title: “Pay Attention to History When Dealing With U.S.S.R.” Medford Mail Tribune, Nov. 28, 1985. Winner of the Valley Forge Honor Certificate of the Freedoms Foundation.

“Electronic Typewriters vs. Computers.” Perspectives (American Historical Association Newsletter, Apr. 1986). p. 23.

Newspaper Title: “SOSC Deserves Better Than an Empty ‘University’ Title.” Medford Mail Tribune, April 26, 1987.

Newspaper title: “Reflecting on the Meaning of July 4, 1776.” The Daily Tidings [Ashland], July 3, 1987. (Explanation of “newspaper title.” The author’s title seldom suited headline writers.)

Newspaper title: “U.S. Constitution Protects Those Who Live in its Shadow.” Medford Mail Tribune, Sept. 17, 1987.

Newspaper title: “When It Comes Time to Judge Reagan, Judge Him Fairly.” Medford Mail Tribune, Jan. 19, 1989. Newspaper subtitle from article: “This was no cowboy actor going through the motions.”

Newspaper title: “Cold War’s ‘End’ Ranges from Premature to Bunk.” Medford Mail Tribune, November 18, 1989. Editor’s correction to same, a date substitution, following week.

Newspaper title: “Students: History is Being Made at this Moment.” Ibid., December 29, 1989.

“Living a Life under the Constitution.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, XX (Summer, 1990), pp. 545-546.

“Memories Are All That Remain of That First Automobile.” (Model A Ford). Medford Mail Tribune, Dec. 9, 1990.

“Symbol of America Deserves Protection.” (The Flag). Ibid., June 24, 1990.

“Reappraising the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, XX (Summer, 1990), p. 591-602.

“An American, Circa 1941, Would Be Amazed Today.” Medford Mail Tribune, Dec. 8, 1991.

Newspaper Title: “Social Security, A Kind of Social Insurance, Needs Careful Updating.” Oregonian, Dec. 17, 1992.

“Election of 1964.” Encyclopedia of the American Presidency.

“Election of 1968.” Ibid.

Newspaper title: “Older Folks Can Help the Young at Ballot Box.” Medford Mail Tribune, Apr. 24, 1994. Plea to pass an Ashland youth tax measure.


Edgar Eugene Robinson, The Roosevelt Leadership, 1933 to 1945.
(Philadelphia, Pa.: Lippincott, 1955). Reprinted, DaCapo Press, American Scene Series, 1972. From Acknowledgements (p. 20):
“For more than a year Dr. Vaughn D. Bornet, formerly Research
Associate in the Institute of American History at Stanford
University was my brilliant associate. He produced the critical Bibliography upon which Part Two is based. It reflects his creative insight, careful summary, and definitive comment.”

Herman Kahn, On Thermonuclear War. (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton
University Press, 1960). Organized, outlined, edited. From Acknowledgements (p. xiii)” “Finally and most important, I would like to thank Vaughn D. Bornet for his editing and suggestions on the language and substance of the book….”

Editor, the book Oregon 2000 Report (Report of the Champoeg II, Oregon 2000 Commission, 1978-79, 80 pages.) From the Foreword by Governor Victor Atiyeh: “I am happy to have this opportunity to extend my personal thanks to you for your generous assistance in the editing and final preparation of this report. The fact that the report is in final and printed form is due in large part to your efforts.” Similar comments in ltrs. of Nov. 24 and Mar. 26, 1980 to Bornet.

Fifty Years’ Progress of American Labor. Anniversary issue, Monthly Labor Review. (1950). In Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (hereafter cited Annals), ca. 1950.

Harry A. Milllis and Emily Clark Brown, From the Wagner Act to
Taft-Hartley. 1950. In Journal of Southern History, Autumn, 1950, pp. 566-7.

Robert Green McCloskey, American Conservatism in the Age of Enterprise. 1951. In Western Political Quarterly, March 1952, pp.

Thornton Anderson, Brooks Adams, Constructive Conservative.
1951. In ibid., March 1952, 147-8.

William Dosite Postell, The Health of Slaves on Southern
Plantations. 1951. In American Historical Review, July 1952, pp.

John H. Leek, Government and Labor in the United States. 1952.
In Annals, Sept. 1952, p. 195.

Jack Barbash, Unions and Telephones. 1952. In ibid., Nov. 1952, p. 195.

Fritz Sternberg, Capitalism and Socialism on Trial. 1952. In ibid., Dec. 1952.

Morris L. Ernst and David Loth, Report on the American Communist. 1952. In Asian Student, April 10, 1953.

Frederick Law Olmsted, The Cotton Kingdom. New edition edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 1953. In The Freeman, June 29, 1953.

Jean Trepp McKelvey, AFL Attitudes Toward Production, 19001932. 1953. In Western Political Quarterly, Sept. 1953.

Anthony T. Bouscaren, Imperial Communism. 1953. In Asian Student, Nov. 20, 1953.

Edward C. Kirkland, Business in the Gilded Age: The Conservative’s Balance Sheet. 1952. In Western Political Quarterly, Dec. 1953.

Fay Calkins, The CIO and the Democratic Party. 1952. In ibid., Dec. 1953.

William L. Chenery, So It Seemed. 1952. In Asian Student, Dec. 1953.

Richard B. Morris, Encyclopedia of American History. 1953. In ibid., Dec. 1954.

Grace Heilman Stimson, The Rise of the Labor Movement in Los Angeles. 1955. In Annals, Sept. 1956, pp. 226-7.

Marguerite Green, The National Civic Federation and the American Labor Movement, 1900-1925. 1956. In ibid., Jan. 1957, p. 215.

Max Kampelman, The Communist Party versus the C.I.O. 1957. In ibid., Nov. 1957.

Donald T. Atkinson, Texas Surgeon. 1958. Also Edward D.
Churchill, ed., To Work in the Vineyard of Surgery: The
Reminiscences of J. Collins Warren (1842-1927). 1958. In Journal of the American Medical Association, 1958. And in California Medicine, 1959.

Seven Oxford Lectures by the Rt. Hon. Iain Macleod [& six others], The Future of the Welfare State. 1958. In Journal of the American Medical Association, Sept. 20, 1958, pp. 357-8.

Committee on Medical Care Teaching of the Assn. of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, Readings on Medical Care. 1958. In ibid., Dec.
13, 1958.

Patients, Physicians, and Illness: Sourcebook in Behavioral Science and Medicine. 1958. In Annals, 1959.

Alfred J Kahn (ed.), Issues in American Social Work. 1959. In ibid., Mar. 1960, pp. 207-8.

Harry Eckstein, Pressure Group Politics: The Case of the British medical Association. 1960. In ibid., Mar. 1961, pp. 168-9.

Paul F. Gemmill, Britain’s Search for Health: The First Decade of the National Health Service. 1960. In ibid., Mar. 1963, pp. 172-3.

Almont Lindsey, Socialized Medicine in England and Wales: The National Health Service, 1948-1961. 1962. In ibid., Mar. 1963 pp.

Abraham Holzman (intro. by Wilbur J. Cohen), The Townsend
Movement: A Political Study. 1963. In Journal of American History, Dec. 1964, pp. 525-6.

Earl F. Cheit and Margaret S. Gordon (eds.), Occupational Disability and Public Policy. 1963. In Annals, Jan.1965, pp. 1645.

Jeanne L. Brand, Doctors and the State: The British Medical Profession and Government Action in Public Health, 1870-1912.
1965. In ibid., Mar.1967, pp. 2223.

Rosemary Stevens, Medical Practice in Modern England: The Impact of Specialization and State Medicine. 1966. In ibid., Mar., 1967, pp. 222-3.

Arthur J. Altmeyer, The Formative Years of Social Security. 1966.
In American Historical Review, Apr., 1967, p. 1119.

Richard Harrison Skryock, Medical Licensing in America, 16501965. In ibid., May, 1968, pp. 198-9.

Labor and American Politics: A Book of Readings. Edited by
Charles M. Rehmus and Doris B. McLaughlin. 1967. For Industrial and Labor Relations Review in 1958. Review solicited; publication refused because the review was termed “too critical.”

Barbara Stuhler, Ten Men of Minnesota and American Foreign
Policy. 1973. In American Historical Review, Oct., 1975, p. 1053.

David Caute, The Great Fear: The Anti-Communist Purge Under
Truman and Eisenhower. 1978. In Annals, May, 1979, pp. 171172.

Edward Berkowitz and Kim McQuaid, Creating the Welfare State: The Political Economy of Twentieth-Century Reform. 1980. Ibid., p. 947.

Stanley Joel Reiser, Medicine and the Reign of Technology. 1978.
In ibid., Nov., 1978, p. 209.

Marshall S. Shapo, A Nation of Guinea Pigs. 1979. In ibid., Jan., 1981, p. 298.

George H. Nash, The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Engineer, 18741914. Vol. I of a multi-volume set. In Pacific Historian, XXVII, no.
3, (1983), pp. 86-87.

Jim and Judy Lanning, Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days. 1984. In ibid., XXIXX, nos. 2 & 3, p. 177.

Alonzo L. Hamby, Liberalism and Its Challengers: F.D.R. to
Reagan. 1984. In American Historical Review, April, 1986, p. 488.

Theodore J. Lowi, The Personal President: Power Invested, Promise Unfulfilled. 1985. In Annals, Jan., 1986, pp. 181-182.

Martin S. Pernick, A Calculus of Suffering: Pain, Professionalism, and Anesthesia in Nineteenth-Century America. 1985. In Annals, July, 1986, p. 175.

Robert R. Divine, The Johnson Years: Vietnam, the Environment, and Science. 1987. In Journal of Southern History, Feb., 1988, pp.


Note: In spite of much labor on the following letter items, some citations are incomplete, and some are missing. Several letters to Miami newspapers in 1949-48 that defended the university against attacks were printed but have not as yet been found. Some letters to the Palo Alto Times on civic matters such as one favoring “bike paths” and opposing public street “tree cutting” are also missing. Some will turn up when the author’s files are worked on. Dated clippings were often mailed; undated ones kept.
Letter regarding the tropical plant Calamondin to Norvell Gillespie, garden writer, who had discussed it. “Of all the letters received… this one…stands at the top of the list.” San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 23, 1945.

Sound off on the bias and mediocrity of letters sent from other Georgia towns then being printed in the Letters column. “I say let a man speak up for publication in his own community….” Macon Telegraph, Mar. 12, 1946. Became a regular columnist.

Commends editor’s courageous stand on white-negro voting rights issue. In ibid., Apr. 14, 1946.

Writes in defense of negro veterans’ performance in WWII, citing his own barracks experience. In ibid., n.d.
Opposes San Mateo County sales tax. Redwood City Tribune (ca.

“Scholars Cite Why They’re for Nixon.” Santa Monica newspaper,
n.d. (Election of 1960.)

“The voting age should be lowered to 18.” Oregonian, after Oct. 8, 1963.

Objects to a vote for Goldwater in Republican primary. Ashland Daily Tidings, May 14, 1964.

Refutes main thesis of Hans Morgenthau; concludes, “…[We] continue to oppose Red China’s entry into the United Nations, continue to support Chinese everywhere who deplore and repudiate Communist capture of a cultured land [Tibet]; and continue in our belief that Viet Nam need not become another in a long list of enslaved states.” In ibid., sometime in May, 1965.

Refutes a letter writer’s “facts” alleged to prove that the two major parties of 1928 picked up all but four of the planks of the Socialist Party of 1920. Oregonian, May 14, 1965.

“The Academic Freedom of Students,” Siskiyou, April 8, 29, and May 6, 1966.

A letter extolling the virtues of selecting SOC as one’s college for the coming year. In Medford Mail Tribune, Apr. 16, 1967. This brought several moving letters, from President Elmo Stevenson and a State Board member, for example.

A defense of “higher education” from an attack by a radical professor at Eugene. Oregonian, About Nov. 10, 1967.

Celebrates Earth Week, praises May, 1971 Rotarian’s eight articles on earth’s future. “…we have come an amazing distance in a year. The System, it turns out, is not clod-like, dull or stupid, as some said, but capable of both learning—and action, but not always and not without a nudge.” In ibid., April 23, 1971. Also in Medford Mail Tribune.

Long article-length essay assessing faculty evaluations being run by the student paper; says they are “art” but not “science.” Written Dec. 22, 1971. Publication date uncertain.

Returns to attack on gravel pit adjacent to Lithia Park. Written
Sept. 19, 1972. Ashland Daily Tidings, publication date uncertain.

Deplores common practice of running UPI “editorial” columns not so identified, as “news” columns; also defends presidential library system from a published attack. Medford Mail Tribune, date uncertain.

Corrects the paper on its including Hoover’s among “past imperial presidencies” who used the yacht Sequoia. Hoover decommissioned it March 22, 1929, saying, “I have concluded to do without that boat.” Oregonian, date uncertain.

Congratulates Oregonian for its correcting of two stories, one in Parade by Lloyd Shearer and one on RAND. “I cannot remember a time when so much nonsense, irresponsible reporting and pronouncement and ‘scientific’ proclamation has been offered to an easily-terrified public.” Oregonian, May 4, 1970.

Strongly defends Republican Dorchester Conference efforts, deplores Oregonian’s failure to publish text of resulting planks.
Oregonian, after Dec. 12, 1972.

Reiterates verbal attack on views on colonial government of visiting campus speaker Dr. Larabee; accuses him of “grossly partisan political conduct” while financed by Bicentennial grant money. Siskiyou, after Oct. 21, 1973.

Invites attention of the paper to its failure to note 100th anniversary of Hoover’s birth; inappropriateness of its running an F.D.R. plug that date instead. National Observer, [after Aug. 29, 1974]

“A Letter to Two SOC Alumni.” Article length open essay to his children, defending SOC in many respects. Printed with adjoining endorsement by the editor. Ashland Daily Tidings, June 3, 1974.

Formal letter-statement endorsing ROTC for SOC, with numbered reasons: national interest; let students who sign up, or not, decide the issue; chance for students to get officer status in the military: “a perfectly legitimate, respectable, and public serving career. Goodness knows, we ought to be career-oriented.” Siskiyou, April 26, 1974.

Responds to birding column on waxwing love for “hawthorn, firethorn, cedar and elderberry.” Says on his property they prefer madrone tree berries. “Perhaps waxwing diet is in part a function of altitude, degree of ripening of berries due to variations in moisture and/or temperature, etc.” Oregonian Magazine, Dec. 8, 1974.

Refutes the paper’s text of a Soviet article appraising the U.S. Says, “The grandeur of America lies in its vision of free men engaged in the experiment of true self-government over a period of two centuries.” Deplores fact many don’t appreciate “our dream of freedom accompanied by security; our teaching of the necessity of personal responsibility in a democratic environment; our exaltation of the idea of personal responsibility; and above all, our faith that man can be trusted with the governing of himself.” Oregonian, June 3, 1975.

Takes exception to James Reston who in a column sent out by New York Times news service, says Nixon wants to cut foreign aid.
Medford Mail Tribune, date uncertain.

As president of Rogue Valley Symphony thanks a variety of its supporters. In ibid., date uncertain.
In response to a small local weekly’s essay about faculty unions, especially, and SOSC’s characteristics, corrects at length seven major misapprehensions. To Lithia Times Dec. 17, 1976. Probably printed. (Paper defunct.)

SOSC press release authored by Bornet corrects an ABC-TV announcer on Hoover and 1932 Olympics. Gives the historical story from archival materials. Siskiyou, August 5, 1976.

Gives further details omitted from account of his speech, on Hoover and social security, otherwise ably covered by the newspaper, he says. Medford Mail Tribune, April 10, 1977.

Defends CB users from an article hostile to them and the
Oregonian’s editorial endorsement of its views. Oregonian, in November, 1977. The Bornets used CB often when pulling their trailer long distances. He belonged to a Rogue Valley “Sideband” club for a time.

Issues blanket invitation to form a campus CB Radio Club.
Siskiyou, after Nov. 6, 1977. Unsuccessful idea.

In the case of a talented geology professor who graded down a student for misconduct on a field trip, hopes there will be no resulting faculty/student hostility. (A hearing officer ruled with the student.) Hopes Senate and Union will stay out of the matter.
Siskiyou, Nov. 4, 1977.

Takes issue with Oregonian article attacking robins as “highly overrated.” Cites Peterson and Encyclopaedia Britannica. “All in all, say my robins with unanimous voice: ‘tut-tut-tut.” Oregonian, after Feb. 10, 1978.

Letter to KSOR official, clearly not intended for publication, but improperly run anyway, attacks college station KSOR for poor programming of its music offerings. KSOR Guide to the Arts, Feb., 1979.

Articles had been appearing indicating desire for Shakespeare people to divert hotel-motel taxes to out-of-state ads about themselves. Attacks Daily Tidings editorial position hostile to hotel motel tax; says pro-Ashland propaganda is a legitimate cost of doing business for local merchants and theatres. Daily Tidings, April 19, 1979.

Letter deploring idea of forcing South African divestment on State PERS pension fund. “If we divest from every corporation that does business in an authoritarian nation in the third world we will quickly run out of investment possibilities.” To Capitol Journal (Salem), which replied it printed no out-of-town letters.

Very outspoken letter about need for faculty on our campuses to dress much better; if they did, they might get more respect and better pay. (Stimulated by an article in that paper Jan. 7, 1980.) Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 4, 1980.

Paper’s editorial “School Dropouts? Better Let Them Go” is termed unacceptable. Takes contrary position, partly based on his Civil Rights Commission hearings on Indian reservation. Wishes “to differ with your fatalistic and overly cynical approach to an American problem that, left unchecked, promises to be highly destructive of our society.” Ashland Daily Tidings, May 31, 1986.

Paper solicited essay letters for Literacy Week. Anecdotal account of English teachers who influenced him. Teachers shouldn’t feel unappreciated. In Medford Mail Tribune, n.d.

Still need for strong defense, credible weapons. Ashland Daily Tidings, Dec. 2, 1989.

Urges a “No” on Proposition 9 which would “impose outright discrimination against an Oregon minority….” Ashland Tidings, Sept. 23, 1992. Also in Mail Tribune, Oct. 2, 1992.

Says Ashland City Council should not try to regulate location, size, shape of newspaper racks. Ashland Tidings, Dec. 5, 1992.

“Doing What is Right.” Ibid., April 15, 1994. Asks “senior citizens” to vote against their immediate economic self-interest in favor of youth tax measure.


“D” refers to Document; D(L) refers to Document Limited in circulation. Unnumbered items went to top Management only. Circulation of the D documents was to a list and any of RAND’s 500 or so researchers who canted a copy; DL went to a select handful.. All were reproduced in blue on white. See also article on RAND in section “Articles Published in Books” and legislative testimony on California welfare issued at RAND.

“The RAND Corporation and American Health.” D-6989. 1959. 99 pages. Essay on medical economics, bibliography on same.

“Francis R. Shanley on RAND’s Structures and Materials Research, 1947-1961.” DL 9408. Nov. 3, 1961. 26 pages.

“Sam Cohen on …” [title classified]. Document Secret-RD. Dec. 28, 1961. 112 pages. Declassified in 2015. Re Neutron Bomb.

“Jack Carne on “RAND as a Place to Research.” DL 10031. Aor. 6, 1962. 27 pages.

“John Adams on ‘RAND’s Summer Program for Graduate Students.’” DL 10116 June 8, 1962. 23 pages.

“Joe Kershaw on ‘RAND Economics.’” DL 10143. June 14, 1962.
65 pages. Chairman, Economics Department.

“L. R. ‘Dick’ Mockbee on ‘Life with Douglas and Project RAND, 1946-48.’” DL 10193. June 29, 1962. 33 pages.

“Gary Leon on ‘The RAND Security Guards.’” D 10316. July 31, 1962. 41 pages.

“John D. Williams: A reminiscence.” DL 10493. Aug. 20, 1962. 64 pages. Longtime chairman, RAND Research Council. Published in part, in an editorial page feature, “What UA Alumni Did,” Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 27, 1969, reprinted in University of Arizona alumni magazine.

“Sevy Von Sonn: A Personal View of RAND, 1948-1962.” DL
10444. Aug. 16, 1962. 41 pages. IN charge, RAND paperwork. “Jim Lipp: The RAND Satellite Program.” DL 10494. Sept. 12, 1964. 45 pages.

“Pat Sullivan [Contract Industrial Psychologist] Discusses RAND.” DL 10556. Confidential.

“The RAND Record: Its Nature and Preservation.”

“Douglas Aircraft, 1945-48: RAND’s First Home.” D 19037.

“Gene Root: …” D 19082.

“The RAND Archives: Challenge and Opportunity.” D 19083.

“RAND: The First Fifteen Years.” D 9461. Nov. 21, 1961. 36 pages.

“RAND Briefings.” D 9537. May 18, 1962. 93 pages.

“RAND: A Legal Person.” DL 9720. June 12, 1962. 48 pages.

“The Non-profit Corporation: Indigenous in American History.” 18 pages.

“Organizing Science for National Security, 1940-48.” 42 pages. “Financing the RAND Corporation. 25 pages.

“Guide to Space.” ca. 80 pages. A condensation by VDB of The Space Handbook (New York: Random House, 1959) by R. W.
Buchheim and RAND staff. Intended for high school audience.
Never published. See memoirs text.

“Archival Procedures for RAND.” D 19159. August, 1969. 20 pages.

“Building Up the RAND Corporation Endowment Fund.” Nov. 11,
1959. 18 pages. Asserts the need for a RAND Endowment Fund.
(By the 1980s RAND had established such a unit.)

“An Academic Curriculum for Air For Intelligence Officers.” 19 pages. Autumn, 1961.

“A Non-profit Research Corporation Compared with Alternatives.” M 2444. Apr. 6, 1961. Formal outline: 15 criteria vertically; 4 horizontally.

“Suggestions and Proposals, Major and Minor, in On Thermonuclear War.” M 2959. Apr. 4, 1962. An index of new ideas contained throughout the Herman Kahn book of that title.
Distributed randomly within RAND to interested researchers.
Publication in a scholarly journal planned but not carried out.