More Firsts

Before moving on to today's reactions to the naming of Deep Throat, we offer two more nominations for the coveted "Who Guessed First" award.

The first, submitted by Adam, goes to James Mann for his May, 1992 article in The Atlantic.

Writing 20 years after the Watergate scandal, Mann emphasized that he didn't know who Deep Throat was, but correctly identified the FBI as the place where DT worked. Mann also concluded that Deep Throat "could well have been Mark Felt" and did a fine job delving into the motivations of many key Watergate figures.

Washingtonian Magazine's Jack Limpert also gets a nomination for two 1979 pieces suggesting that Felt had motive and opportunity, and was the most likely suspect. The second article includes a denial by Felt, who Limpert described as "the handsome, engaging, distinguished former associate director of the FBI."

Please feel free to vote or enter your own "Who Guessed First" nominee as a Comment, or simply enlighten us with other bits of Watergate trivia.

-- Hal Straus

By washingtonpost.com |  June 1, 2005; 7:15 AM ET  | Category:  W. Mark Felt
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Here's the first I'm wondering about today: Who gets something on bookshelves first, Woodward or Felt's people?

Posted by: Happyscrappy.com | June 1, 2005 09:28 AM

Whoever has a draft ready for submission. I'll bet Woodward has been sitting on a draft since 1977.

Then again, the same can be said for Felt. If I were Bob Woodward, I'd let Mr. Felt get published first, since he's older.

Posted by: Fio | June 1, 2005 12:52 PM

My nomination for "first" is Alan Pakula, director of "All the President's Men." Why else would he have cast Hal Holbrook in the role of Deep Throat? Perfect choice! Unfortunately, Pakula did not live to see the wisdom of his choice.

Whoever was "first", I honor the courage of Mark Felt and wish him well.

Posted by: Smokeless | June 1, 2005 02:52 PM

My guess is that it was a guy with the initial W, in his name. I thought it was W. Mark Felt after the movie cause of the actor that did his part so well in The movie. This was a great movie. I feel like Deep Throat did the correct thing for the Nixon Administration. I'm proud what the Nixon Administration accomplished. I'm not a fan of Nixon but I'm a Republican.

I thought it was Former President George H. W. Bush cause of his connections with the CIA and FBI and China. Then I thought he wouldn't of brought down Nixon or even reported to the Washingtonpost cause he likes secrets.

Timothy Wayne Thomas

Posted by: Timothy Wayne Thomas | June 1, 2005 03:53 PM

The Washingtonian pieces were from 1974, not 1979.

Posted by: Just Checking In | June 2, 2005 11:22 AM

Please make a correction:

The Limpert articles were published in 1974, not 1979.

Posted by: anonymous | June 2, 2005 10:01 PM

I guess the post is not going to be corrected.

Kind of odd, particularly considering that the post's very essence is about timing, and this is a fundamental chronological error.

Posted by: Oh well | June 3, 2005 11:50 AM

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