Well here is the latest missive from the "unstable Pacific Rim." I'm a bit ahead of the news again, so you're getting this after the route on Colonial Route 4. Looks like we're going to have a Communist Indo-China soon unless de Lattre de Tassigny can stabilise the front, and I imagine that'll be the end of the Fourth Republic. Exciting times! And if that's not enough, there's talk of the Seventh Fleet enforcing the blockade. I can't even begin to express the absurdity of it, but apparently Arleigh "Thirty Knot" Burke says that the British will fold if we push it, and he's definitely the leader of the Navy's Young Turks.
I hope --I hope!-- this will all blow over, but as a matter of simple self preservation I wonder if we need to reach out to the Reds?
Your Loving Daughter,
Eric Araguari of Rio de Janeiro is sarcastic against Communists, while John Severson of California and Loretta Scott of Virginia are sarcastic for Communists. Time has all the views! Helene Lillian Boothe thinks that it's awfully pink of Time to not be even more anti-communist, and Mrs. Frank Morgan of Virginia points out that the Polish hams that Margaret McBride is in trouble for supporting, are avaialble everywhere in the DC area, so probably Americans should be working on better hams while purging Communists. Doctors don't think they deserve to be drafted just because they did a year or two of training (out of nine to fifteen) on Uncle Sam. M. W. Webb of Texas thinks that the Federal government should fire a million people because they probably don't do anything and that when the Russians have enough atom bombs and attack us, Washington will be the safest place in the country because the Russians know that it is a bad place for the usual stupid reasons. (Red tape, regulation, blah blah.) Our Publisher writes to congratulate Time on winning the Korean Police Action (with help from the Marines.)
"The Distant Hope" "To a generation born in depression, weaned on world war, and greeted at 18, with a conscription number, President Henry M. Wriston of Brown University offered some stern guidance." Okay, first, when you put it that, way, the last thing the younger generation (Gah! I'm old!) needs is a stern warning from . .. And this is second. Brown? Brown University? I don't know if you've heard of it, but it's the low-pressure Ivy League University. Stern warnings there run to "Don't put your elbow in the finger bowl," and the last stern thing a Brown University president had to deal with was when he was a baby and had to take the silver spoon out for the wet nurse. So what did President Henry M. Wriston have to say? That they should give up on the idea of security and get ready to live dangerously, because the "problem of peace has been mishandled by a generation." And which generation you should ask? Not President Wriston's!
"The City Under the Bomb" Are you tired of not having Tom Dewey pictures in your magazine! Well fret no longer, because Tom is running after all and because he is running he cares about the future atom bombing of the city of the future. That is why he has been reading a new civil defence pamphlet about surviving the Bomb. The trick is to fall flat when the bomb drops but before it explodes. It will also help to live in a perfectly circular house with no angles or protrusions to catch the blast wave, double-thick windows and stainless steel doors, and to be "beyond the radiation zone." General Lucius Clay, who is now in charge of this, says that Junior should also avoid panic and apathy, rid himself of "constant fear," induce a state of calm, and evidently try not to catch fire, or need a road, bridge or hospital bed. If Junior can do all that, Junior will be glad to hear that the state of New York (doesn't everyone live in New York?) is working on stockpiling vast quantties of construction material and equipment such as compressors and hydraulic jacks and is aspiring to have 600,000 pints of blood on hand in spite of having no way to collect, store or distribute it. Beyond that, Junior should look into civil defence training, so that Junior will know what to do when a man with "half his face blown off" goes running by.
Americans are really enjoying laying into the Russians at the UN. Dean Acheson has a plan to make the UN World Police an official thing in case anyone else tries to reunify their homeland by force. The Russians, meanwhile, are saying that everything will turn out all right.
Ralph Bunche has won the Nobel Peace Prize, although he didn't believe that he was "the first Negro to win the Peace Prize" until he got the telegram straight from Stockholm.
Ben S. Lee, "Army Demands Plane-buying Power" The Army is asking Congress to give it the power to force the Air Force to buy the best ground support plane. The army likes the XF-88, the XB-51, the C-82 , XC-123 and Piasecki XH-16. It is particularly concerned that it lost 10% of the paratroopers dropped in OPERATION PORTVEX to injuries in landings and thinks that a better transport plane is the answer. (I throw this in because 10% losses before fighting even begins is something!)
K. Kaufman-Grinstead, PhD, tells us that this one Italian friend of his thinks that America should plan on protecting Europe from Russia, not liberating it; because Europeans are too apathetic to bother with being liberated. On the other hand, Gordon Strong, also of New York, liked it. L. Lee Layton, of Delaware, thinks that "Possibility of War" should suggest the "Possibility of Peace," which gets him a dressing down from the Editor, who reminds him that Communism is bad. C. L. Janik, yet also of New York, and Mrs. John M. Strong of Kansas City agree that America should be fighting the Cold war harder. Rear Admiral Commanding Carrier Division Fifteen writes to explain how Time is disributed throughout the Western Pacific by the well-oiled machinery of the Seventh Fleet, about which I cannot complain since that's how I get my Time. (And my Life, which, thank you very much, I am not adding to my reviewing here.) Maurice Angly of Houston writes to explain that the reason he commissioned Bob Prescott's "Flying Totem Pole" of the Flying Tiger Line was not exhibitionism, as Time implies, but for very important business reasons. Our Publisher wants us to know that Robert Frost and Time are bosom budies.
The retreat has turned into a rout as from Wednesday, when the advances from Pusan and Inchon linked up. Lots of battlefield reporting follows before General MacArthur arrives in his personal Constellation to embrace President Rhee, lead the audience in the Lord's Prayer and then call on the Communist (and Buddhist, don't forget Buddhist!) North to surrender. Also, the Communists shot at least 1100 prisoners when they pulled out, which would be bigger news if the Southerners hadn't done the exact same thing when they pulled out.
Somerset Maugham (which is a real, and famous name), William O. Douglas, Greer Garson and Gary Davis are in the paper. Well, I see the point with Davis, because he is easy to make fun of, and Time likes making fun of him. The other three, well, at least they have more reason than Sherwood Anderson being in it, even though he's dead. People news about Sherwood Anderson: Still pushing up daisies! Darryl Zanuck is just back from Germany, where he thinks Hollywood is in for some steep competition in the next few years. Oscar Tschirsky is old, Herman Talmadge wants to refight the Civil War, Olivia De Havilland hopes her son will grow up to be a Supreme Court Justice, Ethel Waters can curse up a storm, George Bernard Shaw and Lady Astor just won't go away, Princess Margaret surrounds herself with handsome men, Duke Ellington, Hans Fritzsche, Sun Fo and Crown Prince Akihito get into the middle of the column. There is so much people news that it is page over to hear that Frank Sinatra is not getting a divorce from Nancy, who gets maintenance of a third of his million-dollar-a-year income, while Princess Elizabeth, John W. Snyder, Al Jolson, David Sarnoff, Cordell Hull and Winston Churchill make the bottom of the column.