Ray: That interview in which Griffin claimed to have taped Orson Welles in conversation was with Tom Snyder. It was one of the last of Snyder's programs before he retired. [Incidentally, interviews by Snyder with Welles exist, too.] Griffin said, if I remember rightly, that he had extensive tapes of his chats with Welles, 600 hours worth, made both on his show, and at his home La Quinta where Welles sometimes paid visits. It is said that the Griffin Estate controls a vast horde of recorded material, but that the recent financial downturn has given the Estate Trustees hesitation about putting them on the market. So far, as discussed in earlier Wellesnet discussions, only a "Best of . . ." album has appeared.
An interesting sidelight is that about a year ago, Griffin's son, Tony, went into court in an attempt to break the Trust. From an estate estimated in the billions, Griffin had left him living expenses of two million dollars a year, and 60% of the proceeds of the Estate, should it be liquidated. Not enough, maintained the son. He wants to control it all. I have not heard what the decision was.
Sounds like a situation, in part, we are familiar with.