Documentary '1971' Inspired in Part by Professor Medsger's Reporting

May 13, 2014

THE SAG HARBOR EXPRESS -- I had been friends with Betty Medsger, the author and the journalist, for over a decade. I had met her just before I came to this country, so it had really been a long friendship. I was put in touch with her when I was in South Africa and applying to journalism school here in the States .... Betty and I started an email conversation back in the mid-’90s and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. She wrote for The Washington Post in the early 1970s, but when I met her she lived in San Francisco and was a journalism educator at San Francisco State. After she retired she moved to New York, and we became closer friends. During all that time she had been researching and writing a book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” about the events in my movie.