It was not unlike a clandestine meeting.
On each end, someone else was responsible for us getting together in 1983. There was never any direct communication. No one with notoriety passed through St. Thomas without a set of eyes upon them.
I had only been living and working on St. Thomas for a couple of months when a fellow co-worker at the Virgin Islands Daily News informed me that my favorite author, Robert Ludlum, often vacationed there. I told him I'd be interested in doing an interview. He knew people who knew Ludlum and therefore, he'd see what he could do the next time Jason Bourne's creator was on the island.
What's the condition?
"You can't disclose to anyone where he's staying and you can't run the interview in the paper until he's gone."
Now, this was the part that as a journalist, makes you jump out of your seat and say, "Is that all? Yeah I agree to that."
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For nearly an hour I sat with Ludlum, picking his brain, listening to every word, hoping to not only gather material for a good article, but to possibly pick up pointers for the day when I got serious about writing my own thrillers.