Maarja, perhaps you should copy the info from the old CD onto something more modern; perhaps use a thumb drive and then migrate it to a newer computer.  

Or...if your organization has an FTP site, put it there and then you can arrange to have it copied to a modern CD or a DVD.  I can do that for you.

I hate paper.

Best regards, Steve
Steven D. Whitaker, CRM
Records Systems Manager; City of Reno

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Thanks, Jay.  Good advice.  Right now, I still can play the 1994 Sony CD of 
the Haldeman diaries on my old desktop computer, which has a Windows 98 first 
edition operating system.  (I misidentified it as Win 98 SE in my earlier 
posting.)  That's the one I loaded my CD onto and have used since I got the 
computer around 1997.  

Maybe I'll print out copies of each of the Haldeman diary entries over time, 
as long as the old desktop computer still is working.  Talk about labor 
intensive, I think it will be over between 1,000 and 2,000 pages!  Before Steve 
chimes in about hating paper, I'll quickly add that there is no copy and paste 
feature available on the CD's display of the individual diary entries. You can't 
highlight text, copy, paste nor can you export text.  There are no right click 
options. :-p  If any of you have access to a university library, you might 
see if they have the Haldeman Diaries CD and whether they can play it on any 
existing equipment.

For it's time, it actually was a very nice CD.  There were embedded links 
that took you to photos of some of the events Bob Haldeman described in his diary 
entries.  And the CD also has clips of some of the old vintage film that Bob 
shot.  Its relative inaccessibility now shows what can happen to commercially 
produced history products when technology changes.  Something like this is a 
one shot deal, the original electronic publisher isn't going to reissue it in a 
new format.

I remember talking to Bob in the late 1980s about his plans to electronically 
publish his diaries.  It all sounded so futuristic to me at the time!  Here's 
what a reviewer in a history journal wrote back in 1994:

[BEGIN EXTRACT] "An even better sense of how CD-ROM can enhance a book can be 
glimpsed in the 'complete multimedia edition' of The Haldeman Diaries: Inside 
the Nixon White House, which was issued by Sony Imagesoft on CD-ROM 
simultaneously with the publication of the print version*the first joint release of a 
major book in both media. 

Haldeman himself apparently came up with the idea of publishing his diaries 
in CD-ROM after he saw Sonyís version of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. 
When Sony executives asked: "What makes this a multimedia project?" Haldeman 
told them "Iíve got twenty-seven hours of film."

The diskís forty-five minutes of Haldemanís "home movies" of everything from 
Nixon dancing with Pat at Triciaís wedding to Kissingerís return from his 
secret trip to China are the most delightful bonus that the CD-ROM offers over 
the book. But there is also considerably more: the full 2,200 pages of the 
diary (rather than the 1,000 pages in the print version); more than 700 photos 
(from an inscribed Bebe Rebozo souffle recipe to a shot of Nixon chatting with 
Debbie Reynolds after Sunday services); a complete presidential appointment 
book; almost forty brief (and poorly recorded) audio clips of Haldemanís recorded 
dictation of sections of the diary; a 130-page letter that Haldeman wrote, but 
never sent, to Watergate prosecutor James Neal, in which he disputes the 
charges on which he was convicted, and biographical information on almost 900 
different people mentioned in the diaries." [END EXTRACT]

BTW, I disagree with the reviewer that the diary entries are poorly recorded! 
 I listened to the original Haldeman recordings on audio cassettes around 
1980-1981 as well as the CD clips in the mid-1990s and I thought they were good, 
compared to some of the Nixon White House tapes!!

In closing, I'll just add that I liked the Bob Haldeman I met while I still 
was a NARA employee during the 1980s.  I really respected his courage, of all 
the people in the Nixon administration, he was the least afraid of facing his 
past and his role in American history.  And he had served time in prison for 
his role in Watergate.  I exchanged some nice letters with his widow, Jo, after 
his death late in 1993.  She sent me a lovely photo of Bob with his 

Thanks again for the good advice, Jay!


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