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12 Yes, Mr. DeMille were bulletin boards. Thumbtacks held up more sketches, pages out of old books, memos scribbled to himself. Newspaper car- toons gave evidence of his fight against the union for banishing him from radio for refusal to pay a "one-dollar political assess- ment"— a controversy that had become one of the severest emo- tional upheavals of his life. Everything in the room pointed to the production then in preparation. "We are calling it Unconquered, the story of Fort Pitt and the beginning of Pittsburgh." He gestured toward the walls. "Those are little aids that help us put together a mam- moth production. We spend fortunes just finding out about the era of our story—little things that make a story authentic. Did you know that Pittsburgh was once in Virginia? Ah, you didn't, did you? I thought so. Those are things you don't find in the little red schoolbook. Did you know that a Scottish regiment lifted the siege of Fort Pitt, after marching through the forests and encountering Indians? Think of it—a Scottish regiment fighting Indians in America. Only time it ever happened. Those are titaathings we get for $100,000 of research. Now, the critics won't believe it. They'll see the Scottish Black Watch marching through the forest, with Indians sniping at them from behind trees, and they'll go back to their offices and write that DeMille is nuts, that any fool school kid can tell you there was no Scot- tish regiment at the mouth of the Ohio in 1763." He paused. His eyes narrowed in open appraisal and one could feel their power and penetration. He said slowly: "They say I have nothing but yes men arpund me. A yes man can do me great harm. I don't operate that way. I like to pick a man's mind. I know what I know, so I'm inter- ested in what you know. If you don't tell me what you think, if you yes me, the picture is hurt. If you tell me what you think, we'll have no problems. I had a man here once who decided he would never say yes. He kept saying no to everything to prove to everyone that he wasn't a yes man. Then I once had a very