The editorial ran Wednesday, April 24, 1963. The following day, Mr. Laurence, as chairman of the honest’s science committee, appeared earlier than the town’s Board of Estimate to advertise the challenge. On Friday, The Occasions reported that he had testified on behalf of the Queens plan and that, after a two-hour debate, the board had voted unanimously to approve the $3.5 million appropriation.
The episode was a severe breach that The Occasions grew to remorse, in line with Dr. Kiernan, who discovered of the response from the archival papers of John B. Oakes, the editor of the editorial web page on the time. He was out of city when the editorial ran “and, when he got here again, there was hell to pay,” Dr. Kiernan mentioned.
Mr. Laurence was ordered to take no extra funds for his work on the World’s Honest challenge and to jot down no extra editorials on the expensive endeavor. Dr. Kiernan added that the journalistic fallout seems to have contributed to Mr. Laurence’s retirement the following 12 months — on New 12 months’s Day, 1964. Then 75, he went to work full time for Mr. Moses.
“There’s no proof that Laurence understood the moral problem,” Dr. Kiernan mentioned. “It was, “Hey, I did it by myself time.’”
In retirement, Mr. Laurence’s star dimmed. The society pages not took discover of him and his spouse. They moved to Majorca, a Spanish isle within the Mediterranean. Dr. Kiernan mentioned Mr. Laurence stored up a correspondence with Mr. Moses. The 2 males shared not solely a delivery 12 months, 1888, but additionally, he mentioned, “a way of affection.”
Cash remained a problem.
In 1967, Mr. Laurence wrote The Times to say it had shortchanged him throughout his time with the Manhattan Venture and owed him $2,125 in again pay, or at the moment more than $30,000. The paper, he mentioned, “ought to in all equity reimburse me along with the correct quantity of authorized curiosity.” It demurred.