First morning at the Great Northern:
"Diane, 6:18 AM, Room 315, Great Northern Hotel. Slept pretty well.
Non smoking room, there's no tobacco smell; that's a nice consideration
for the business traveler. A hint of Douglas Fir needles in the
air. As Sheriff Truman indicated they would, everything this hotel
promised, they've delivered."
"Clean, reasonably priced accommodations. Telephone works, bathroom
in really tip-top shape. No drips, plenty of hot water and good,
steady pressure-that could be a side benefit of the waterfall outside
my window. Mattress firm, but not too firm. And no lumps like that
time I told you about down in El Paso. Man, what a nightmare that
was! But, of course, you've heard me tell you that story once or
twice, haven't you, Diane?"
"Haven't tried the television set yet. Looks like cable, probably
no reception problems."
"But, the true test of any hotel, as you well know, Diane, is that
morning cup of coffee, which I'll be getting back to you about within
a half hour....."
"....Diane, it struck me again earlier this morning. There are two
things that continue to trouble me, and I'm speaking not only as
an agent of the bureau, but as a human being."
"What really went on between Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy's and
who really pulled the trigger on JFK?"