WHAT happens is history; who makes it happen is a personal detail, though often an interesting and sometimes an important one. In what follows this detail is neither interesting nor important--at best occasionally amusing--but in order to happen at all it had to happen to someone, and as I am telling about it, I have to be in it. Autobiography is generally speaking not very reliable, less reliable even than history. The historian investigates his facts, the autobiographer just remembers them. When General Sherman was reproached for mistakes in his autobiography he answered, in effect, "That's the way I remember these things. Let those who remember them otherwise write what they remember, and so everyone will be pleased."