TLS offering to lower his fee for a series of lectures
Typed Letter signed: "Earl Butz", 1 page, 8½x11 Purdue
University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1982 January 6. On his letterhead as
Dean Emeritus of Agriculture to Ben B. Franklin, Vice President, the Associated
Clubs, Topeka, Kansas. In full: "I have received your letter of June 1
and the 1983-84 listing of speakers. You surely have an impressive array of
programs. I am enclosing a couple copies of an updated resume. I don't know what
fee you are quoting for me. As I recall, it used to be $2500 gross. I feel
that's pretty steep for the great majority of your clubs. You may lower it to
$1500 gross in specific cases if you feel a lower fee is warranted. With warm
regards I am, Sincerely yours". Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents
Nixon and Ford (1970-1976), Earl L. Butz (1909-2008) worked to
dismantle decades of production controls, exhorting farmers to plant "fence
row to fence row" to meet world food needs. He was forced to resign after it
was disclosed he had told a racist joke in a private conversation. Butz had
formerly served as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture from 1954-1957,
when he resigned to become Dean of Agriculture at his alma mater, Purdue
University. In 1981, Butz was found guilty of tax evasion and served 30 days in
jail. As of 2011, Butz holds the record for the Cabinet member with the longest
lifespan. Edges toned. Multiple mailing folds. Corners lightly creased.
Otherwise, fine condition.
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