I. Michael Heyman

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, I. Michael Heyman, tried to focus on the institution's activities and its reservoir of historical treasures at the February 23 [1995] NPC luncheon, but he was bombarded by questions concerning the controversy over the recent Enola Gay exhibit. When asked to express his personal view over the cancellation of the exhibit, he said, "On the one hand we should have hung in there, but on the other hand, I'm a former Marine." Responding to why the media was permitted to set up a confrontation, and why military historians were not consulted, he said, "By the time I arrived the process had been formed." Secretary Heyman stated that the Institute should eschew controversial exhibitions and the problems with the Enola Gay exhibit was that care was not taken to do it in a way that would have avoided collision and emotion. The Secretary estimated that the Air & Space Museum accommodates about 9 million people per year. He opposes user fees but believes cuts would force the Institution to seek other sources of revenue. The National Press Club Record Volume XLV, No. 8, March 2, 1995.

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