October 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Naval Institute Press book History Makers: Interviews. Assembled in this volume is a select lineup of notable people whose words appeared in interviews and a few eloquent addresses that had been featured in Naval History and the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazines. Here, for the first time, are some of the stories behind those stories and accounts of how several of these interviews blossomed into relationships that continue to flourish.
In his cover endorsement for the book, David Hartman—the original host of ABC’s Good Morning, America whose trademark daily sign-off was “Make it a good day today”—refers to “the art of interviewing.” With the aim being to reveal “some basic truth or truths at that very moment in time,” the book delivers on that promise, he wrote. We figured that if anyone knew about interviews (he accumulated some 12,000 of them for ABC), it was David.