"Ready for Trouble" Nome, Alaska, is 500 miles beyond the Alaska garrison's stop line. When the Russians invade they will be in a half-hour's jet flight time of home base, which makes Mark Field at Nome indefensible. So the Air Force is evacuating it. And so as not to let the Nomeites have all the fun, the rest of the Air Force and Army, and all the dependents in Anchorage, are having their own exercise. All the wives and children in Anchorage have to drive down to Whittier to pretend they are being evacuated in army transports, and all the Air Force ground crew have to dig trenches and build antiaircraft batteries on the airfields. A fine time was had by all, except when thr Army forgot to set up pit stops on the way to Whittier.
"Last Call for Europe" This week's cover story is German rearmament, Time checks in with West Berlin's mayor, Ernst Reuter, who is Time's sort of German.
"The Evil Root" So what is the cause of all of this evil that is afflicting the world? Why don't we start with Ireland, where the "oppressed tenant farmers took eagerly to the "lazybed" method . . . [and] were happy enough to restrict their diet . . . [to this root of all evil] . . . and to spend their free time lying on hillsides thinking dark thoughts on the British and nipping on the poteen." I think that's tongue in cheek?
"Battle of Korea" The fighting around Pusan is continuing. American troops are being worn down, and "it is no longer fashionable" to say that the Communists are running out of men. On the contrary, US Intelligence now warns that two more North Korean tank brigades, armed with 84 brand-new T-34s, are about to be committed. (Reggie points out that 84 tanks is two new tank battalions, the way the capitalist world does things, anyway.) US carrier pilots report damaging 35 tanks at Pyongyang, suggesting that further reinforcements are on the way. The British brigade is in the field, the North Korean chief of staff, General Kang Kun, has "died at the front," and a Russian plane has attacked a Corsair in the Yellow Sea and his body has been recovered. Or, on later review, flown over the US carriers and been attacked by a Corsair.
"The Happy Prisoners" Dr. H. Hediger has a book out, Animals in Captivity, which concludes that animals are perfectly happy in zoos and people are just being bleeding hearts for thinking otherwise. Except for the part where "psychopaths" visit zoos and hit them with hammers, poke out their eyes, cut pieces off them, poison them deliberately, feed them razor blades, fishhooks and broken glass, and throw tracts against sin into terrariums.
"Stay Away" The American Psychological Association is urging its members not to take jobs with the University of California over its habit of firing allegedly communist professors. Completely not related: Did you know that the Foreign Service has its own college teaching foreign languages? It was started in 1943 because there aren't nearly enough Americans who speak foreign. It might also join up with Johns Hopkins for more institutional stability. Also unrelated to either story, Dwight Young of the Dayton Journal Herald surveyed 54 newspaper editors about their opinion of "the way journalism is taught." I would say, "about journalism degrees," of which editors are no fans, but the survey also covered the ideal education for a new journalist, which turns out to be a liberal arts degree. Yay! It is a good day to be a foreign-speaking liberal arts graduate!
"Last Farewell" Frank Emery, wounded covering the war in Korea two weeks ago, is dead in the mid-air explosion of a C-54 headed back from Tokyo to Korea.
Harold Laski's $54,000 estate goes to his wife. Tallulah Bankhead, H. L. Mencken, Dean Acheson, Pat McCarren, Bing Crosby, Dwight Eisenhower, Noel Coward,Gustaf V, William B. Kean, Curt Simmons, Eddie Rickenbacker, Arthur Godfrey and Audie Murphy round things out. Just to put it all in perspective, Rickenbacker gets mentioned in bold because his son is joining the air force. Fame belongs to the famous who get more because it is their right. Except Audie Murphy, who has dark good looks going for him. Judy Canova is married. William Olaf Stapledon, Harvey Dow Gibson, Sigmund Gale, Desiderio Roman, Field Marshal Smuts, and Brigadier General Jefferson Randolph Kean have died.
"NWA vs. Boeing" Since Aviation Week's usual approach to industry problems is to sweep them under the nearest rug, this little fight must be the worst thing since Mommy and Daddy got divorced. Forced to choose, our little magazine is going to side with Mommy Boeing. Northwest is well known to be in financial difficulties and all of this talk of Stratocruiser unreliability is just face-saving.
All Time readers are pleased as punch that General LeMay has a fleet of atom-bomb armed B-36s ready to bomb the Russians into peace, because that way there will be peace just like now, and maybe the Russians won't even start anything. All the readers except F. P. Mitchell of New York City, who is not a bomber man. E. L. Keithahn. the librarian and curator of the Historical Library and Museum of Juneau, remembers torturing ants, back in the old days. A. L. Peake of Walnut Creek may not know much about Asiatics or Communists, but he is afraid that the Pusan perimeter is a dreadful trap and that as soon as the entire US Army is in there, the Reds will unleash their air power and trap the lot. Our Publisher reminds us that our subscription renewal letter is in the mail.
Meanwhile, in France a Communist mayor named a street in his town after Stalin and now everyone is tearing down the signs, refusing to deliver mail, and generally making their feelings known, while in Germany Hjalmar Schacht has been found not guilty by the denazification court for the fourth time on the grounds that he was only pro-Nazi while he was still a Nazi.
"Revolt at Washington" So the University of Washington does a regular physical examination of freshmen coeds every year. Girls are questioned, blood pressure is taken, they are thumped and x-rayed. And then they are taken into a private room, asked to disrobe, and photographed nude, front, back and profile. This, of course, seemed perfectly reasonable at the time, but, later, some of the girls wondered about it. And so did their parents! "By midweek, angry parents had swamped the office of President Raymond B. Allen with protests." President Allen promptly impounded all 852 negatives. Later, cooler heads prevailed, and it was discovered that Barnard, Smith and Harvard had all been taking similar photographs for 20 years as part of the work of the physical education department, which used them to work with the students about posture defects, while University of Washington and some other schools meant to turn the pictures over to Columbia psychologist, William H. Sheldon, who used his 25-year-old collection to study "the relationship, if any, between physique and temperament." He classifies students into round, soft, weak endomorphs, square, hard, rugged mesomorphs, and fragile, spindly stringy ectomorphs, and then writes books about them, with three out and two more to come. Science says that endomorphs are amiable and slow, mesomorphs vigorous and aggressive, ectomorphs inhibited and cautious. Dr. Sheldon also links body shape to disease, diet and reactions to stress and types of work. He is a very highly respected scientist. There was nothing wrong with the pictures!
Ben Lee, "Where the $4.4 Billion Goes" Aviation Week breaks down new aircraft procurement spending. It's interesting, but in the way of review. There's going to be lots of B-52s, B-47s, F-89s, F-90s, F-94s, F-84s, T-33s (for tactical support, not training), C-119s, C-97s, C-123s, trainers, S-16s for some reason, and helicopters. Everyone is still big on the turboprop, and somehow some R and D comes out of procurement. Lee tries to make it seem reasonable, but it bounces off my brain!
"Where Air Force Does Its Big Business" Aviation Week takes us to Air Material Command, which has to deal with a million suppliers. That's some paper work! There's also a series of articles on selling to the Navy, but it is much sparser on useful information.
Finally, Aviation Week reviews the labour situation with a vague set of advice for hiring new people, a very brief look at regional shortages (metal workers in Bridgeport, for example), a look at Federal wae law, and the difficulties of getting security clearance, from a plant point of view, as well as individuals.