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Watergate Investigator Almost a Rookie Again

February 15, 1995

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Twenty-two years after he took the call reporting the Watergate break-in, retired FBI agent John Mindermann is making a comeback.

``I’m a recruit. Not a rookie,″ stressed Mindermann, who at 58 has become the oldest-ever entrant to the department’s training program.

``He’s the George Foreman of law enforcement,″ said FBI spokesman Rick Smith, a former colleague.

When Mindermann took the call from Washington police on June 17, 1972, he learned that the Democratic National Committee headquarters had been burglarized, and ex-CIA agent James McCord and men with bugging devices had been arrested.

``We knew we had a case with massive political implications,″ Mindermann said.

Mindermann retired in 1988 after 20 years with the FBI and 35 years in law enforcement, but picking up pension checks and working private investigations began to pale.

``I began thinking about police work and how I might get involved again, so I thought I could give it a try.″

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