Just got off the phone with a Very Old Lady who worked for a Prominent Businessman who was friends with Harry Truman. I wanted to interview her for my book. I had been warned that she was a bit curmudgeonly. Was she ever!
Me: How would you describe their relationship?
VOL: What kind of question is that?!
Me: Well, were they close friends? Did they call each other by their first names?
VOL: How would I know?!
Me: OK, do you remember when the Trumans visited him in 1953?
VOL: No! Too many years have passed!
It was apparent the interview was pointless.
Me (diplomatically, I think): Well, thank you so much for your time...
VOL: Is that all?!
It was kind of sad, actually. Even though she was being thoroughly uncooperative and unhelpful, I think she wanted to keep talking.