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Hello, WFinch, and welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you are stuck, and looking for help, please come to the New contributors' help page, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, you can just type {{helpme}} and your question on your user talk page, and someone will show up shortly to answer. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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An Invite to join Novels WikiProject[edit]

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Hi, you are cordially invited to join the Novels WikiProject! As you may have guessed, we're a group of editors working to improve Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to fiction books often referred to as "Novels". We make no length distinction so all narrative prose fiction is of interest. This includes Novels, novellas, novelettes and short stories. Articles about the works themselves and the forms and genres.

As you have shown an interest in Nero Wolfe we thought you might like to take an interest in this well established WikiProject.
We look forward to welcoming you to the project! :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 08:06, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Nero Wolfe articles[edit]

I have left some responses betwen your comments on my talk page. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 08:07, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for getting in touch, Kevin -- I've replied to your replies on your talk page. Thank you, too, for your invitation to the novels project. I'll consider that. -- WFinch 13:07, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
The NA is to enable us to search for articles that have missing ISBNs (where such are available) and also point out to people that ISBN are truely not applicable. The section in the ArticleTemplate you needs it the "Release details" on which can be used to give the various editions. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 13:21, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

The Doorbell Rang[edit]

Hi Walter -- I just took a quick look at The Doorbell Rang -- rather, its page. (I can't believe that it's the first time I've seen it, but I believe it is.) I took a peek at the edit history and note that you've done quite a bit of editing to the page. I didn't take the time to see who has contributed what, but it does look as though you've adopted it as a sort of pet sub-project.

I write because I do think that the text needs considerable cleanup. There are errors of diction (for example, MV uses the term "syntax" when she means "diction" -- a distinction that any true believer would make), of fact (as to what the book says, as distinct from what the article now says the book says), genuine POV/OR (the comment about what the FBI would prefer to keep private), and so on. Most of the text that I find problematic appears to have been contributed by ModusVivendi, but, again, I haven't pored over the edit history.

I intend to clean it up, and to focus on the text -- not the matter on adaptations, references, infoboxes and so on. (I do think that the initial quote was well chosen.) I just wanted you to know that I'm going to start on this and to solicit your thoughts -- again, I know you must have spent a lot of time on this page already. TurnerHodges 23:30, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Oh, that's good to read. Yes, it's come a long way, but the article needs so much help. I haven't edited much of the Plot summary. In the Introduction, I did add the quote and some content about Fred Cook, but that section is still pretty choppy. I wish I could have kept the book cover for The FBI Nobody Knows, which I had added; but I removed it after discovering that a book cover may only be used on its own article. I may still create an article for that book; I find that people are surprised it was real.
The Epilogue was a pet project, since that was information I found that could be related without editorializing. (If you haven't come across it yet, see Where There's a Will for another story about the FBI and Stout. Incredible, as Mrs. Bruner would say.) But if you see the neutrality of the article being lost anywhere, go for it. Thanks for improving this article, it's another important one. — WFinch 04:05, 21 July 2007 (UTC)
P.S. Oh, yes — "the parts it would prefer to keep private," which is in the "Of further interest" section. I named that section, but I kept looking at that wording... just as I've tried to fiddle with editing in the Plot summary before I've given up. Minor edits aren't going to do it. Good. — WFinch 04:23, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

I'm continuing this here rather than on the Doorbell discussion page because heaven knows how long it would take to get a broader response. I'll probably post there after you and I kick this around a little.

I've done an extensive rewrite of the plot summary but don't wish to put it up before I know what should be done about other matters. My principal issue is that the Doorbell page should be about the book, not about Cook. The information about Cook, and about Stout's problems with the FBI, is important, no doubt about that, and I certainly don't wish to hide it. (In fact, I confess to considerable anti-Hoover bias and I hope it doesn't show.)

I would recommend putting the material that's presently in the section titled Epilogue on a separate page, linked from both the Doorbell page and from Rex Stout's page. The information in Epilogue is only tangentially related to Doorbell.

I have also rewritten the Introduction and the Of Further Interest sections to make them npov. Again, that can go up after it's clear what will happen to the Epilogue. BTW, the formatting of the Epilogue material does not make it clear what is from a contributor, what is from Mitgang, and whether the M. A. Jones material is from the Freedom of Information files directly or as quoted by Mitgang. If it's all Mitgang, then I'm not sure that it fits within the fair use guidelines -- it would be a very long quote. At any rate, that needs cleanup and it should probably be done by the contributor who provided it (MV?).

Your thoughts?

Regards, TurnerHodges 21:09, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Yes, this part of the discussion may as well stay right here. I'm not certain the original contributor(s) are even active here these days, and this essentially concerns the Epilogue (not MV, ME).
I've taken your point about the Epilogue, and about Mr. Mitgang, too, who would certainly be one who would not appreciate too lengthy a quote. I've ruthlessly cut out material more suitable for the Fred Cook article, and information already on the Rex Stout page.
I hope what remains relates specifically enough to Doorbell to stay with the article. As a "tail," I'd like to see the FBI response to the book stay here. I'm looking forward to seeing how you've incorporated the Cook information, and you should just put up your rewrite whenever you're ready.
Thanks for your consideration, by the way. There could be a lot more of it here, I've found. — WFinch 00:14, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
Okay, it's up. The changes for neutrality that I made in the Introduction -- which I renamed Prologue, BTW, to parallel the Epilogue -- and in the Of further interest sections are very minor: just some softening, really. I did add a note referring the reader to the Rex Stout page, where the Mitgang material now figures prominently. I do think that it belongs there as part of Stout's real life rather than of Wolfe's imaginary one, in particular because of the echoes from the past in the way that today's administration runs its own Star Chambers, drumhead courts martial, phone taps without warrants and signing statements.
I hope the new plot summary meets with readers' approval, and yours. As I was editing the old one (a project I gave up -- I decided I had to start from scratch) I kept notes on the reasons I was deleting and changing, and I halfway expect to need them later on.
As to "consideration," yes, there's a certain coarseness to the nature of the communications on Wikipedia, and what I read as acting out behavior. I find that I miss CompuServe's old moderated forums, where sysops enforced civility and encouraged courtesy. The administrators could do more of that themselves, but as I read their comments, some of them seem to be working out their own personal issues in this relatively anonymous medium. TurnerHodges 15:55, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
I'd struggled with editing the existing plot summary, too, and got depressed at the prospect. Now, it's — well, it's remarkable. I don't believe there's a single Wolfe book article more important to have done well here. And now I see that poor Clifton Fadiman needs to be taken under somebody's wing; splendid... Well, if that wants to haunt me it'll have to take a number.
Heaven knows where the term Epilogue came from (not the novels project template, I can tell you) but I like there being a Prologue to go with it. It occurred to me that every episode of the old Efrem Zimbalist TV show, "The FBI," would end with an Epilogue, so maybe that burrowed its way out of my subconscious. In any case, that device brackets off the Cook/FBI material nicely and puts the emphasis where it belongs, on the book. I can't believe you'll have to defend your changes. Thank you for the exceptional work you put into this one. — WFinch 20:59, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Meet Nero Wolfe[edit]

[Hi there — Would you revisit the article for the film Meet Nero Wolfe and reevaluate your tagging it as a stub? Although this is a relatively new film article, I don't believe it's a stub. There's also a template visible at the bottom of the article that's redlinked. Thanks, WFinch 15:36, 4 September 2007 (UTC)]

The major thing that is lacking (see templates on talk page) is the "film image" - a poster or DVD cover for the infobox. Once that's added, it can easily be upgraded to start. SkierRMH 20:12, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

Please see your talk page; it's easier for me to keep the discussion together in one place, so I've replied there. — WFinch 21:29, 4 September 2007 (UTC) [Done. All of the template requirements are now fulfilled, I believe. Will you edit the article and talk page to reflect that? Thanks, WFinch 21:27, 4 September 2007 (UTC)]

I updated the article page, but left a note on the talk page thereof. The "filmimage" is not a screen shot, but the film poster, or DVD or VHS cover scan. SkierRMH 02:36, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

[Thanks for removing the template from the article page. You're right, the "filmimage" I've put in the infobox is not a screenshot — it's a scan of an original, vintage promotional photo, as described in the fair use rationale on the image page. This is a little-seen 1936 film that, among a great many other titles, has never seen a legitimate release from the studio. It's never been issued on DVD or VHS, so there is no cover to scan and no screen to shoot. Perhaps, though, the note you've left on the talk page will draw the attention of an editor who has a copy of the film poster, although I would think this image is adequate. I expect this happens from time to time with old, obscure films. Thanks for your attention. — WFinch 03:46, 5 September 2007 (UTC)]

Nero Wolfe novellas[edit]

Just letting you know that, following our discussion on my talk page, the "Nero Wolfe novellas" category has met its doom. (Yes! It was me! In the library, with the candlestick!! And I'm not sorry, you hear me?!! ... *ahem*) --Paul A 08:19, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

No tears will be shed. The category title "Nero Wolfe short story collections" matches what's been done for Sherlock Holmes, and that's just as it should be. I also see that Murder Is Corny (detective story) zips over so nicely to Trio for Blunt Instruments — clean as a whistle. Thank you. — WFinch 16:30, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

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Piping[edit]

Hi. Re piping in disambig pages, we do use pipes for things like italics for proper titles. See that, and the other exceptions, at WP:PIPING. Thanks :) -- Quiddity (talk) 21:19, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Ah, sorry — I got carried away. I got one "Once" right, anyway, and I'll restrain myself from here on. Thank you. — WFinch (talk) 21:24, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

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Hi. This article has been blanked by another contributor to allow investigation of copyright concerns, but though the material in question was placed by you, you were not advised. I'm giving you the requisite "form letter" above, since this contains all the handy wikilinks and pertinent information that you may need for verifying permission if you did utilize this from an external source. (I'm sorry for the presumption the form makes that you are a new contributor. I suppose the original contributors to that template thought it better to welcome unnecessarily than not to welcome when needed.) I see that the language is replicated at a number of other sites. If perchance you utilized material from a press release or blurb, it will need to be rewritten unless we verify permission. Some companies (though not all) do permit reuse of press releases, but many forbid commercial reproduction or modification, and text placed on Wikipedia must be licensed to allow both, unless it conforms to our non-free content guidelines. In a similar vein, it seems that you also placed the extensive quote from Time in this article. This will need to be abbreviated to meet our non-free content guidelines for text, perhaps highlighting one or two phrases by the review's author and otherwise briefly summarizing his perspective.
I've reset the clock on this investigation to be sure you have a chance to participate. I'm watchlisting your talk page but am also watching the article in case you are able to help clarify this situation. Thank you. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 13:50, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
The material in question was not contributed by me. Please review the edit history of the article; it was added November 28, 2007, by a user named Mdtalley, after my edit of November 12. I see the notice on that user's talk page, but there has been no response. I would suggest that the blanked material be removed from the article. — WFinch (talk) 14:15, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
My mistake; I'm sorry. And since the contributor was advised, there's no need to reset the clock. :) With respect to the quote from Time, which you did contribute (double-checking :)), I'll create an abbreviated version of that to put in the article after the copyvio has been cleaned. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 14:22, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

Murdoch Myteries[edit]

Thanks for putting in a link in the tempo plate for the show. Do you know how to make a table of contents above the episodes, same as other shows? I've tried to figure out, since show has a third season coming and this would make it easier to go to individual seasons if someone wanted, instead scrolling down the entire page. TH43 (talk) 08:59, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

You made me think a minute... The best way to handle it, I realized, was to add the "References" section that had been requested (and I added "External links" for good measure). I think once more than three sections exist in an article, a "table of contents" box, complete with links, appears miraculously at the top of the page. And there it is!WFinch (talk) 16:34, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
Ah, I see — an article can have as few as two section headings and still have a "contents" box at the top. The problem had been with the formatting of the section headings, which had been bracketed by three equal signs rather than two. So that's the secret, using the larger type with the rule below. —WFinch (talk) 16:58, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Not sure what the second paragraph means, but thanks. Btw, I moved the websites/link from "References" to "External Links". That's where they belong. I also updated the official site for the show, by removing the mention of episodes, I've checked the site, episodes aren't listed there. TH43 (talk) 23:12, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

collecting Stout[edit]

The far less valuable Viking book club edition may be distinguished from the first edition in three ways: ...

Rather than putting this paragraph in every Wolfe book article, I think it would be better style to refer briefly to a single page, either on WP (an article about the Viking book club, or book clubs in general, or book collecting?) or elsewhere (if such a website exists). —Tamfang (talk) 20:47, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

The Mystery Guild editions began with And Be a Villain. Feel free to edit the articles if you think of a better way to help people make the distinction; it's a frequent point of confusion. —WFinch (talk) 21:05, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

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"Stub class"[edit]

I've noted that there's a hard-working individual going through a long list of novels and adding the "stub" category tag to the articles based on the assessment on the associated talk page. This came to my attention with The League of Frightened Men and I note that a number of other Wolfe novels have been so tagged. The individual in question seems well-intentioned, and the problem seems to be that the assessments themselves are out of date and way, way too low. My Wikipedia contributions have been very minimal lately; I wondered if you might be interested in taking on the task of upgrading the assessments for at least the Wolfe novels. Thanks in advance for your attention to this note and any effort you feel you can expend. Accounting4Taste:talk 15:54, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Hello, there — seems like old times. You've brought me back from the brink of what may have been a permanent Wikibreak. Certainly, I'll follow your lead with ABAV and upgrade the NW novels classed as stubs. I appreciate all the attention you've given to the detective fiction works here, particularly the Stouts. — WFinch (talk) 01:49, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
P.S. I did find criteria at Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Assessment#Quality scale. I wouldn't think any of the Stout novels would classify as stubs, but I've left the class and/or tag on those that do need a bit of work. — WFinch (talk) 13:41, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
Much obliged for your efforts (and your kind words). I looked at the quality scale and distilled it (possibly to its detriment) to a rough-and-ready rule of thumb: if it's got more than three references, it ain't a stub LOL. The same reviewer has worked on some novels by Christie, Queen, Sayers, etc., so I have a little bit of work to occupy me. (I realized a few weeks ago that I hadn't actually contributed any information to the 'pedia in months, and that I was more of a traffic cop/Miss Manners than I felt was good for me, so I have been reassessing. But I like contributing actual information about detective fiction.) Cheers. Accounting4Taste:talk 15:18, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

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Spam on Charter?[edit]

W,

(And I wonder how much you like that nickinitial.)

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Copyright status of scripts for NW articles?[edit]

Hi WFinch. I think it's awesome that you're improving Nero Wolfe articles, but I'm curious - do you know the copyright status of the scripts you are linking to in some articles (eg The Silent Speaker)? That is, is it legal for nerowolfe.org to be publishing them? If it's not, and the site is violating copyright by posting them, I think we're not supposed to link to them, so I just wanted to check in with you and see if you can say for sure that we're safe on this. keɪɑtɪk flʌfi (talk) 22:33, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Hi, there. The script PDFs were given to the Wolfe Pack by Sharon Doyle, head writer and consulting producer for the A&E series. The webmaster would be able to confirm that they're posted legally on the site, as I believe they are. — WFinch (talk) 23:25, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Sounds reasonable. Carry on :) keɪɑtɪk flʌfi (talk) 23:39, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Audio theatre an article to audio dramas[edit]

Please if you have time and you know anything to it (I have seen that you have made edits in the article area which owns relations on it) , please look on the article Audio theatre, somebody placed a erase discussion on it. after we have had a merge discussion. It would be interesting what you would say to the merge and the delete discussion. And possibly it could help to contact other people that they should help also. )-: Merry Xmas --Soenke Rahn (talk) 14:18, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

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Ann Devroy[edit]

I just wanted to thank you for your excellent work on the Devroy article! I very much appreciate it. 88guy88 (talk) 20:20, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Thank you very much; it was a great pleasure. It's turned out to be a pretty fun read, too. — WFinch (talk) 23:54, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

removal of references[edit]

WF: I feel puzzled. What's the purpose for your removal of the references by Nasaw and Bogdanovich? Thanks. Doc. DocRushing (talk) 15:47, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

Hi, Doc. Re: the Citizen Kane article — Those two sources are already cited inline (the preferred method, I believe) with specific page numbers in the section headed "Notes". That's why I removed them from the "bibliography" section, which seems a bit POV since it isn't comprehensive. Its being listed in the "bibliography" gave disproportionate attention and weight to the Nasaw book, which is cited only once in the article — that's what got my attention. As for the Welles-Bogdanovich book, I've cited that specifically myself in my contributions to the article, and it appears repeatedly in the section headed "Notes".
I'll happily restore those two titles to the "bibliography"; but maybe the method of listing sources, references and notes on this article could use some discussion. Thanks. — WFinch (talk) 16:20, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
OK. No problem. Thanks for the explanation. Doc. DocRushing (talk) 20:07, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank for for the barnstar and the explanation — Ann Devroy would be proud of me. — WFinch (talk) 00:40, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

It's All True[edit]

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Thanks. As a more knowledgeable editor, can you move It's All True over the redirect that's in place on the correctly titled page It's All True (disambiguation)? I know that moving the "It's All True" page is preferable, but the disambiguation page already exists — and redirects to the page that appears to be titled incorrectly for a disambiguation page. I wasn't savvy enough to figure out how to do it correctly. — WFinch (talk)

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Citizen Kane[edit]

This afternoon, as you may have noticed, a new anonymous user removed some content from Citizen Kane.
Do you concur with his action or his explanation in his edit summary?
A matter like this appears to be down your alley.
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I thought it wouldn't hurt to segregate each negative review to its own paragraph. We seem to have lost the thread of the Bergman comments.
As for the first negative review, this is how the citation reads in the online source:
"Excerpted from Ray Carney's, 'Citizen Kane on its Fiftieth Anniversary: The Greatest Movie Ever Made?' The Christian Science Monitor, Tuesday, April 30, 1991."
Actually, the byline on that Christian Science Monitor article — which is titled Orson Welles and 'Rosebud' Ride Again, as near as I can tell — is David Sterritt. He invited various film experts, most of them educators, to weigh in on the significance of Citizen Kane on the eve of its 50th anniversary revival. Ray Carney is one; there are eight others, who are pretty positive in their views on Citizen Kane.
Also, what's presented online in that source is not an excerpt: it actually expands on what's contained in the Christian Science Monitor article.
Still, neither version grants Citizen Kane any praise whatsoever. The closest Carney comes to noting any technical achievements is to remark on its "tendentious photography." So, I think the edit can stand, FWIW, since it accurately communicates his opinion. The anonymous editor evidently knows something about that. — WFinch (talk) 01:22, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
Roger. Thanks much. DocRushing (talk) 01:30, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

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Why, thank you — it's rather a sweet little movie. It's my pleasure to help people find out more about it — and learn about it myself at the same time. — WFinch (talk) 20:43, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks, Newyorkbrad — it feels good to get that done. It should be easier for people to find the stories, figure out which is which, and add information. Lots of room to grow, now. — WFinch (talk) 13:24, 16 October 2013 (UTC)
It sure is easier now. Great work! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mirawithani (talkcontribs) 13:33, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

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Joseph Cotten[edit]

Just a heads up since you do lots of work on this article. I did a further edit about Cotten suffering a stroke in 1981 plus put a IC in about that and his autobiography.

Also I just discovered that Cotten had his larynx removed in 1990 due to throat cancer. Here's a source[1] for it. Maybe you want to work that into the article too....William 17:53, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for finding that story — it's helpful to have that context and I've added it to the article. —WFinch (talk) 18:10, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

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Citizen Kane[edit]

Just saw your edit on Kane and wanted to reach out a personal thanks. I've just finished a c/e on the whole article, and noted several bits which needed cleaning, as obviously different editors have added different pieces over the years. The redaction of the Rosebud Yellow Robe subsection and incorporating into the existing discussion of Rosebud was desperately needed. I was going to get to it in the next week or so, but nice job! Thanks. Onel5969 (talk) 13:58, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, too, for your work on the article. The bit I reworked this morning was someone's recent addition and very far afield, I thought. That's tightened up now. — WFinch (talk) 22:40, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

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Welles Festival[edit]

Hi - I don't know how plausible this is for you geographically, but I wanted to make sure that you are aware of this (coming up next month): http://welleswoodstock.com/year-2014/ http://www.woodstockoperahouse.com/files/Events/PerformancePages/2014Welles_Festival.html

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Thanks again, especially for the links — I'd heard about the festival but didn't have the details. I'll look into that. — WFinch (talk) 12:58, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

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Rex Stout and HUAC[edit]

I've read the statement that Stout received, and ignored, a HUAC subpoena or invitation numerous times (not just on Wikipedia and sites sourced from Wikipedia), and even used it in talks I've given myself, so I will try to find corroboration for it, including from the HUAC files at the National Archives if need be. I'll let you know what I turn up.

Meanwhile, on the related subject of Stout's FBI file, which was extensive, I strongly recommend the book Dangerous Dossiers by the late Herbert Mitgang. Best regards, Newyorkbrad (talk) 03:54, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Yes, please — if you can nail down that HUAC business (and you'd be just the one to do it) that would be outstanding. I've only seen the statement in sources that I think found it on Wikipedia. Thanks for rising to the challenge.
Dangerous Dossiers — I do have that; it made my day when I spotted a copy at an antique mall a few years back. "Prematurely anti-Nazi" — Mitgang found a wonderful way to put that. But oh dear, I didn't realize that he had died. — WFinch (talk) 04:25, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Just last November—a few days before I gave a talk about Stout's FBI file to the Wolfe Pack Assembly, using the book chapter as well as the copies of Stout's file that Mitgang placed at the New York Public Library as my prime sources. (But I didn't realize that he had died until much later, and in fact had tried to reach him around the time to see if he might want to give the talk.) Should we add a little bit more from Dossiers to Stout's article? Will keep you posted as to HUAC. Regards, Newyorkbrad (talk) 13:12, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to see more, myself, because people find that period interesting and it's so relevant today — and Stout was such an example. I'd contributed some material awhile ago that I found in the Mitgang book, but there was such a level of detail that the consensus was to move the bulk of it to the articles on Where There's a Will and The Doorbell Rang. Oh what a shame, I bet Mitgang would have been a wonderful speaker. — WFinch (talk) 17:33, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
The National Archives advises me that Stout has a file in the HUAC records. I will take a look at it the next time I am in Washington and copy anything interesting. (How to source anything I find there for on-wiki use may be another matter. I might need to write an article about it, and then I can cite that. :) ) Regards, Newyorkbrad (talk) 14:23, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Wow, yay, and oh jeepers, re: the citation. I hope there's a way to cite it, but it's nice that there's always the Gazette. The WP would be thrilled to see it first. You oughta be a detective. And I sure hope you find something worth reporting! — WFinch (talk) 22:52, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

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