The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on February 15, 1974 · 42
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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia · 42

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kKftaRfatfaS, g THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Fri., Feb. 13, 174 SERPICO AUTHOR Water Flows 3 Directions He W anted to Be R eporter BY PEGGY CONSTANTINE CHICAGO (CST)-"A11 I ever wanted to do," says author Peter Maas, "is to be a reporter. But I was the black spot wherever I worked. The New York Herald Tribune, Colliers, Look, Saturday Evening Post. I knocked them off one by one." For Saturday Evening Post, however, Maas covered turncoat mafia man Joseph Va-lachi's 1963 testimony before a Senate investigating committee. . That coverage led Maas into writing the book "The Valachi Papers," a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and a movie. In 1970, Maas fleetingly met Frank Serpico, then New York city's famous and feared policeman who singlehandedly exposed the graft, corruption and rot in the high and low echelons of the police force. After Serpico was seriously wounded and quit the force in 1972, Maas met him again. A lot of writers were after Serpico for his story, but he was not interested. He and Maas, however, became friends. "I told Serpico I was going to do his biography and that I had to ask him something he might not accept. "I have to .have total editorial control over the book. It may be your life but it's my book.'" Maas wanted that control because he had heard Serpico was on the take, too, and if that were true, it would have to be an integral part of the book. It was not true. The book is written almost in a fictional style. "I had gotten into that .kind of journalism. I could not see any reason his story should not be presented that way. There was just intrinsic drama in this guy's life." But Serpico represented something far larger than drama to Maas. "This man, like everybody else, was part of a team and subject to peer pressure. He decided that he not only was not going to go along, but that he was going to do something to change things. Too many people, and I don't mean only cops, use the rationale of going along to get along. That is an expression of everyday morality, the kind of thing that leads to a Watergate." Bantam bought the paperback rights to Maas's book, titled "Serpico," on the basis of the first chapter. Viking Press brought it out first in hardcover in early 1973. It was a bestseller in hardcover, but in paperback it is one of those runaway sellers. Bantam's first printing, Maas says, was 1,750,000 copies. Serpico, incidentally, liked the book. He argued only that Maas had gone too deeply into details of his personal life. Movie rights were sold seven , months after Maas began writing. Maas originally wanted Dustin Hoffman to play Serpico, but Al Pacino got the role. "Pacino was perfect, really. He is Italian. His background is the same as Serpico's. I thought he could put an extra quality into the part. I think he has something actors rarely do. He read the book as it went along. He did not wait for the finished script." Serpico, along with Maas, received percentages from the sale of the book to the movies (for $400,000) plus a percentage of the box-office gross. The irony of Serpico's battle against the get-along-as-best-you-can morality, then, is that he is now a rich ex-cop. Maas is delighted. '1 feel so strongly about this guy and what he stands for. You don't know when you write a book that all this is going to happen. But the fact is that Serpico now is a national figure. What he did may impress the rest of the world. He is a guy who did not go along, and now he is a big man. " " WASHINGTON (UPI)-There is only one spot in the United States where water flows In three directions, according to the American Automobile Association. The location is in Triple Divide Peak in Montana's Glacier National Park where water flows to the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and Hudson Bay. firri funrn Robtrt Shaw. 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