× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Bourne Affair Resignation / Quaalude #54799

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1978
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) President adviser Dr. Peter Bourne's resignation, in wake of his admission to signing drug prescription for fictitious person, noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Details of Bourne's resignation letter to President Carter given; sections quoted. [BOURNE - has right to express outrage at situation. Probably made mistake in using false name on prescription, but that seemed best to do at time. Idea that criminal intent was involved is absurd.] Continuing official investigation noted. Details given of White House handling of affair, which is compared to Bert Lance affair.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Details given about Quaalude, drug that Bourne prescribed. Popularity in drug culture of 1970's described; films shown. Addictive nature and dangers of drug stated; is noted it is on government list of tightly controlled drugs for which there is medical use, along with cocaine.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Upcoming Carter news conference and coverage noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.