Friday, December 19, 2008

Who knew Deep Throat was an Idahoan?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Just yesterday we picked up the citydesk phone and a voice on the other side said, "This is Deep Throat." We instantly knew who it was, and the individual on the other side of the phone did provide a modicum of banal historical information, on deep background, which may or may not soon appear on the pages of the Boise Weekly or circulate in bits on this blog.


But this morning we awoke to news that the original Deep Throat had died peacefully at home in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday.

What we didn't know but should have, was that Mark Felt, the former FBI associate director who secretly led Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein through the morass of Watergate, was born in Twin Falls.

From today's Washington Post story on his death (page 5, online):
William Mark Felt Sr. was born Aug. 17, 1913, in Twin Falls, Idaho, the son of a general contractor and a housewife. He worked his way through the University of Idaho, waiting tables and stoking furnaces, and graduated in 1935.

He moved to Washington to work for two Idaho Democrats, Sen. James P. Pope and then Sen. David Worth Clark, while attending night law school at George Washington University. He graduated in 1940.

After law school, he worked briefly at the Federal Trade Commission, where he was assigned to ask consumers about their impression of the Red Cross brand of toilet paper. He disliked the job, and in 1942, he joined the FBI.
May more Idahoans in positions of power learn from his example, trust a reporter and do the right thing. Amen. (By the way, you can reach citydesk at 344.2055, anytime. There are plenty of parking garages in the vicinity of our BoDo office...)

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