New York: November 22, 1978.. 1978.. Very good. - 104 words typed on a sheet of New York Post letterhead, approximately 11 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide, with "Office of the Publisher" printed at top left. Signed "Rupert Murdoch". The top edge of the letter is slightly creased with a paper-clip mark at top left. Folded twice for mailing. Near fine.
Murdoch writes to Halprin to apologize for canceling a luncheon at which he was to meet John McGoff, among other friends of Halprin. He hopes Halprin will understand if the lunch is further delayed "as Mr. McGoff is the subject of a great deal of journalistic investigation here following the sensational disclosures in South Africa last week. I would not want to embarrass Mr. McGoff if we should by chance be publishing material about him at the same time as your lunch."
John McGoff, who owned seventy newspapers was a competitor of Murdoch's. He was accused of using South African government money to try and buy the Washington Star - which Murdoch also tried to buy.
John McGoff [d. 1998] was an entrepreneur and conservative Republican fund- raiser. He rose from humble beginnings to become the owner of several radio stations and about seventy newspapers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Texas. His legal problems concerned a criminal charge by the U.S. Justice Department alleging that, without registering as a foreign agent, he accepted millions of dollars from the South African government with a view to buying the Washington Star and turning it into a propaganda organ for South Africa. Federal courts dismissed the case because the statute of limitations had expired.
The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co- sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.