Kennedy Speech – One of the great successes of the Kennedy Administration was the passage of what was then known as the Medical Care Bill, which became better known in decades to come as Medicare. In a 20 minute address in front of a filled Madison Square Garden that is a model of great speech-making, the president makes a call, dignified, yet passionate case for the bill, citing both anecdotal and philosophical reasons.
Camel News Caravan – In the 1950’s, news organizations were a lot freer in their plugging of sponsors, and Camel Cigarettes are mentioned all over this report by John Cameron Swayze. In addition to news of a train wreck and labor strife, most of the content of this Labor Day 1951 report is about the Korean War, with the enemy referred to as “Commies,” with an extended account of the arrival of Scottish troops in Korea – three wounded G.I.’s, Corporal Frank Canady, Pfc. James Flynn, and Cpl. Robert Byron, are also interviewed in a military hospital in Philadelphia.
Today Show – Dave Garroway hosts this bizarre report, in which Dick McCutcheon plays an explorer (to Groucho Marx’s theme music “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”) coming ashore at the New York docks and meeting native dancers.
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