Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 161
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 161

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 3, 1975
Page 161
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Si?'' '.;' -'Si*»-v Frank Gannon, 32, at his desk with a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Nixon on the waf/ (upper /eft). He is the chief researcher on Nixon's autobiography, for which the Warner Paperback Library has agreed to pay the ex-President 52,000,000. Cannon has been assisted on the project by Dianne Sawyer and Ron Zieg/er, two other former White House staffers who decided to work, with Nixon in San C/emente. LOS ANGELES. W hen Richard Nixon wrote his first book of memoirs, Six Crises, in 1962, he employed as his chief researcher and assistant, Asso- i dated Press reporter Alvin T. Moscow, · ; who earned $20,000 for the job. \ This time, for his second book, for \ which Warner Paperback Library is pay- · ing him $2 million, Nixon has employed = a small (5 feet 6), young (32) historian, \ ,=rank Gannon. by Lloyd Shearer A former White House Fellow (197172) and Presidential staff assistant (1972-74), Gannon currently resides in San Clemente, not far from the ex- President's compound, where he interviews Nixon from 3 to 6 almost every afternoon, taking notes, conferring, exchanging ideas, and trying to determine the structure of the Nixon memoirs, which will probably be published in 1977. When Gannon, originally from Bellmore, Long Island, N.Y., was a graduate student working for his Ph.D. at Oxford in 1968, he was employed in a similar capacity by the late Randolph Churchill, who hired him for research and writing assistance on the Churchill papers. Gannon also has a BJS. degree from Georgetown (1964) and a Master's from The London School of Economics (1965) so that he is, despite -his youth, pretty much of an experienced hand at collecting, collating, and writing papers. He is also the author of The 'British Press and Germany: 7936-1939, published by the Oxford University Press in 1971; a former book reviewer for The Wail Street /ourna/, and a former contributor to a TV series, Survival. The pay question In a sentence, this young historian is well qualified as a researcher, writer, and "first drafter," which is undoubtedly why Nixon placed him on his personal payroll at a salary Gannon testily declares is "nobody's business but mine." Also on'Nixon's personal payroll as consultant-researcher were Ron Ziegler his ex-press secretary, and Dianne Sawyer, Ziegler's assistant who describes herself as "Frank Gannon's Berlin Wall." All three were working on Nixon's autobiography until this month, at which time Ziegler and Sawyer departed San Clemente for greener pastures or at least announced their intention to do so. One of their replacements is Ken Khachigian, another former Nixon staffer.

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