Many thanks for your letter and invitation. Under different circumstances, I'd love to participate; not only have I followed
the AIDS story closely - for pedagogical purposes, as an advisor to Chiron, and as a retrovirologist - but I've been involved
politically as chairman of a committee to find a suitable name for the AIDS virus. So I have had more than one interaction
with the press already.
However, there are two main problems: I will be in the midst of lecturing in our virology course, and I am committed to a
trip East nine days later. And, of course, there is the matter of money. So I think I had better say no.
Your program looks excellent. (I was pleased to see a colleague of my wife's - David Ansley from the Mercury News - on
the schedule.) I do have one suggestion: Colin Norman of Science whose account of the virus-related politics was exemplary.
To add someone in science who has followed things closely you might try John Coffin, a retrovirologist at Tufts (an articulate
member of our nomenclature committee, but not working on AIDS) or an academic clinician, like Ken MacIntosh.