Sunday, January 1, 2023

Postblogging Technology, September 1952, II: Well, When?

R_. C_.,

Dear Father:

Well, here I am back in Palo Alto the good, having missed the first two weeks of classes, and definitely not on the Dean's good books until I unleashed all  my feminine wiles and broached the unbroachable. We agreed between us that as the blessed event is not until May, I can finish and graduate on time, and after that it is between me and the California Bar. So that is all that done as long as I can just finish third year, which may or may not be the complete formality my classmates think it is!

Reggie says that he is absolutely fine with everyday squadron service as long as  his home port is somewhere as exciting as Morocco, and that he can't wait for me to join him and help him find out about Moroccan cooking. I will be over before Christmas, but if previous experience is any guide, I won't be up for exotic food!   

Your Loving Daughter,


PS: I notice on rereading that I intimated that there are stories about Justice Douglas. No, I am not repeating them. 


General Horkan, the Quartermaster General, writes to mention that Newsweek overlooked the exciting new winter uniform that the Army was testing when it covered those boring old atomic tests the other month. Olympic athlete Robert Eisner writes to point out how keen the Olympics are. Two Texans disagree about whether Texas is right on Tidelands. One points out that Texas underfunding its schools, as recently revealed, shows that it shouldn't have offshore oil, while the other figures that Texas will go Republican over it. Our editor explains that the election campaign between the bald war hero and the bald sacrificial goat is getting even more exciting, and that is why there will be even more exciting campaign coverage for the next two months or until the voters can put the readers out of their misery. 

The Periscope reports that Stevenson is going to have to campaign in the South, which is a sign that Eisenhower is a strategic genius for taking a tour through the South, and not that Stevenson is a hopeless candidate. (In not entirely unrelated news, the campaign is reportedly reaching out to Kefauver people, while Kefauver himself is off on a European vacation. Taft, being conservative and all, is on a hunting trip to Canada.) The CIO wants Stevenson to go all out against the arms stretch out, Truman is whistlestopping, the Stevensons are trying out a "Nixon corruption" angle based on his connection with "mysterious Washington 'fixer' Henry Gruenwald . . . [.]" Real estate prices are slumping in Washington because no-one knows who will be buying after the election, draft calls will be light this fall, the Air Force figures that foreign atom bombers will find our cities by tv wavelength emissions rebroadcast by television antennas. Something like the Farnborough accident nearly happened at the Detroit Air Show a few months, but would have featured a jet fighter crashing the Air Force bigwigs' stand. The Navy is testing out an atomic shell, which might be a reprieve for the Navy's battleships, because they  have big guns. The Swedes have uninvited a Navy courtesy visit because they are having a sticky enough time with the Russians over the recent Baltic shootdowns. Members of the Shah's family are sick and tired of his wishy-washiness. The new Communist canal around West Berlin is a hopeless flop as a barrier around the city because it is sinking into the swamp. Anglo-Iranian Oil is opening up operations in Western Canada out of Calgary, while US Steel is looking at an iron ore deposit in southwestern Ontario. Polish exiles are disappointed that there is no Polish army-in-exile in Belgium, while Polish veterans of the Spanish Civil War are rising to high positions in the Polish government. Old Etonians are upset that their playing fields have become infected with tetanus. King Farouk may be lining up to produce some movies. 

Washington Trends reports that the Democrats are going to campaign on the "Democratic voters should vote Democratic because we are better than Republicans" platform, giving a whole page of copy to balance a Credit Union National Association ad about how credit unions are the banks for people just like you, who wear coveralls to meet their banker. 


Eisenhower and Stevenson are both campaigning, it says so right here. That's why they had that debate, which gets a full page summary. A boring box summary reports that Eisenhower's low point 7 percent lead in the polls from Stevenson's convention "bounce" has widened out to a thirteen point lead, which would mean a GOP blowout if the election were held now, but if we let that kind of thing rule our lives, we'd have to cover some real news instead of hanging around in the campaign train bar car. Actual reporters then check in with the Connecticut and Nevada senate races, and the particularly horrible fate of the sad cub scouts who are following the Vice-Presidents gets a highlight. The Nixons are fighting lobsters, it says here, and Sparkman got a laugh in Alabama when he pointed out that some people in the audience knew who he  was! 

The key states in the election are all of them, except the ones with no voters. No-one cares about them, unless the Senate race is competitive. Ernest K. Lindley sees Stevenson all the time when he walks through the bar car, and says that Stevenson is boring but funny. 

National Affairs

Congress is looking into corruption, the tornado that blew through Carswell Air Force Base last week and grounded our B-36 force ended up demolishing a B-36, C-45 and an F-51 and damaging 26 other bombers. Nine more B-36s were damaged at the Convair plant next door, and some of them will be out for a year. The Air Force says that the 19th Air Division it will be back in operation by next week, as long as the Reds don't atom bomb us into the stone age by then. Newsweek catches us up with the Doolittle recommendations on not putting airports next to orphanages recommendations. 

"Thanx to Korea" The very attractive blonde who was sending Christmas packages to Korea is now famous and wants donations for her Thanx Club.


"China's Mystery Moscow Visit Bodes Ill for Western World" Cho En-Lai is visiting Moscow and signing some diplomatic agreements which obviously means that Communism is on the march. In South Africa, Coloured people are very, very upset at the Whites just because they have launched an official programme of discrimination and segregation against them, and are protesting. A princess in Denmark might be Queen one day, and is currently a twelve-year-old and very cute in "Greenlandic costume." The cabinet crisis in the Netherlands is over after 68 breathless days, and Newsweek catches us up with the latest coup in Egypt, as Naguib sweeps aside the civilian government due to its foot-dragging over land reform. Japan is having an election.

"Supersonic Future" Farnborough was struck by a "black streak from a cloudless sky" when a DH 110 pulled out its supersonic dive and disintegrated, hurling one of its Avon engines into a hanger, where it dented a bicycle tire, and the other into a crowded enclosure where it killed 26 and injured 63 at latest count. It marred a show that revealed that Britain believes that the delta wing is the future, and obscured the fact that Britain has fine prototypes but not a modern air force. Which, I am just going to remind everyone, was the plan in the distant days of 1946. Meanwhile, at Margate, the TUC and Labour can't agree on anything except that Bevan is getting too full of himself.

"Secret Strategy for Holding Europe Against Reds: Shall it Be Defence Lines or Resistance Areas"

I'm no strategic genius, but it seems like this isn't the way that you keep secrets. Photos of Marshal Juin and General Speidel on facing pages presents the protagonists of "lines" versus "areas." France supports a retreat on a Rhine-Ijssel line, while the Germans want to form defensive strongpoints in Holland and "Alpine areas," which means "next to Switzerland but not actually in Switzerland because it is neutral, wink wink." 

"Bloody Battles, Silenced Talks" This is technically a story under a Korean War banner, but is basically just a summing up of the state of affairs as of mid-month, which is local battles for positions along the front while negotiations are stalled.

In Chile, where General Ibanez was dictator from 1927 to 1931, when he was kicked out in a student revolution, has now been elected President, although not with an absolute majority. According to the constitution, this throws the election to Congress,but it is expected to endorse the popular vote.


Periscope Business Trends reports that unemployment may hit an all-time low this winter, which probably explains why munitions craftsmen are hard to come by, while meanwhile demand is rising. Hmm. Could this be why we have inflation instead of jet engines? Women are also in short supply for those all-important stenographic jobs. (Ronnie sighs!) "Executives are coming up with new ways to solve the girl shortage." (Ronnie's eyes light up as she comes up with a solution! No, it's too crazy to work.) No, it looks like someone else has thought of it. "Some raise the age bar, and hire older women." However, some defence spending is picking up, so there's that. Meanwhile, ice cream makers are worried about a new product made of vegetable oil, mainly Texas cottonseed oil, and skim  milk. Yum! Trucking people are upset at a new tax in Pennsylvania that, they say, favours trains, while there's a new trend towards liberalising employee benefit plans in industry. For one thing, changing the way that plans treat income will allow employees to get their full Social Security benefits.

"New Defence Chief in Favour of Stretching Out Stretchout" "So we're not saying that Bevan was right or anything, but Bevan was right."  Meanwhile, the Guarantee Trust of New York has studied the relationship between inflation and spending and concluded that the only way to stop inflation is to grind the working class under our nail-shod boots with high unemployment, high interest rates, low farm prices, and no welfare, which is why that's actually a good thing!

Industry is for voting, the 3rd Circuit is against picket line violence, Pinay is against inflation, the railroads are against regulations, and Chemstrand's new Acrilan miracle fabric is a miracle that will boost the joint venture of Monsanto and American Viscose into the stratosphere. 

This Week's Jottings reports that the Federal grand jury empanelled to hear cartel charges against Big Oil has been postponed; that negotiations for a United Coal Workers contract with hard coal are going to the wire; that steel production is at 100% of capacity for the first time in three months; that drought in the Pacific Northwest is going to cut aluminum production again; various developments in international finance; and National City Bank of New York says that the retail trades are mostly holding their ground and that prices are expected to decline in the fall. 

CAB is still fighting to justify its decision grounding Wiggins, which is bound and determined to come back as a "helicopter airline," while the brand new Proctor and Gamble soap labs have 250 researchers and 86 laboratories.

Products: What's New reports that Parker has an automatic barrier for parking lots that allows lots to do without attendants, while Elsart Novelties has a fountain pen with a cartridge of concentrated ink which only needs to be reloaded with water to write for eighteen months. Warner-Fruehof has a truck trailer based on a  hopper rail car, while Modernair has a radiation detector which combines with a wristband on a machine tool operator to automatically stop the machine when the operator's hand enters the danger area. 

Henry Hazlitt's Business Tides has another excuse for not talking about business. This week, it turns out that the Democratic candidate doesn't understand business!  Specifically, he doesn't see the point of crushing unions under nail-shod boots. 

"Will Britain Rule the Jet-Transport Age: Now Interested, U.S. Makers Plan Own Models" Comets are nice, Comets are here, Rickenbacker wants 50 Comet IIs if they can be delivered by 1955. (Which they can't.) American makers have lots of excuses about why they didn't get into jets when the British did, but promise that the American jets that will arrive in 1958 will be much nicer than the Comets that are available now. The Douglas airliner will have four Pratt and Whitney J57s, cruise 60mph faster than the Comet at 560mph, carry 120 passengers, and have coast-to-coast range. The Boeing entry will have all that and sleek, swept-back, B-47-style wings. Will Americans buy Comets in the mean time? No, because they're foreign garbage and more importantly, the air traffic control arrangements haven't been ironed out. The Viscount is nice, too.

Science, Medicine, Education

"Power Breeder" This week the AEC invited the press to see its newest baby, the Experimental Breeder Reactor at Arco, Idaho. It isn't very well explained, but it turns a bar of natural uranium, which includes mostly not fissionable U238 and U235 into power and plutonium and somehow implicates the surplus plutonium that will be produced when other, commercial reactors use the same process and end up with leftover plutonium, which they aren't to be allowed to keep and make bombs out of, because that would be wrong. And it will produce electricity. Theoretically, it could produce a lot of electricity from not very much uranium at all, which is as much the point of the story as the story has a point. (It is not a very well written story, is what I am trying to say.)

"Operation Revere" Dr. Stuart Carter Dodd, of the University of Washington, is studying how rumours spread, with an eye to propagandising the enemy more effectively, by dropping leaflets on Salt Lake City and asking the citizens there to help fight Communism by telling their neighbours about the contents of the leaflet so that science can study how quickly the information in them spreads through the community. As someone who flatters herself that she knows how gossip works, Ronnie can see no flaws in this plan whatsoever.  

"Psychologists in Session" The annual convention of the American Psychological Association heard some interesting papers. I'm lying, and I am amazed! One guy reported that he studied people aging and found that some aged more than others; another paper was an inconclusive one about whether nursing bottles with more holes (which speed up feeding) are better for babies or not; a third found that there are no cures for alcoholism but that AA-style talking cures are better than nothing. 

"New Lenses for Old" Harold Ridley, a British eye surgeon, has been experimenting with inserting methyl acrylic plastic lens into the hole made by cataract surgery, which is producing some excellent outcomes.

The University of Wisconsin's experimental educational radio station of 1917 is somehow related to the modern educational station, WHA, which broadcasts on FM, which is handy considering that the FCC reserved a bunch of FM frequencies for educational stations, so that's news.  Novelist John Hersey says that most of the 829 members of his Yale Class of '36 are fat and contented and successful, but a few aren't. More news! William F. Buckley might say that Yale has been taken over by Communists, but no member of his class has lost his job over his security clearance, which makes me wonder what would happen if I looked up Mr. Buckley's friend from the Party. The Ford Foundation is giving some money to some universities to start Asian language centres while the President of the University of Gayaquil in Ecuador is travelling the world to find out how they do this thing they call "universities" in other lands, which sounds like a fine use of UNESCO money. 

Radio-Television, Press, Newsmakers

The Chicago Daily News' long pursuit of the Moroney kidnapping (2 year old girl kidnapped in 1930, parents never gave up hope; adoptee from California identified as possibly being Mary Moroney) has blown up in its face as the Moroneys and the adoptee have mutually agreed that they are not related after all notwithstanding blood tests, skull measurements, and other such foolproof science. The Mormon church is pushing Deseret Daily News circulation, the Los Angeles Daily News is reorganising and has got rid of its publisher, and a columnist in Oregon has gone from one paper to its rival paper. News about news! I think the real reason that Mary McClelland went back to Oakland is that she was tired of sitting in a room and listening to the reporters talk about each other. 

Newsweek thinks it has to give almost a full page to the assault on Barry Gray, which almost squeezes out a story on the latest thing on television, religious shows like This is the Life and a pictorial-strip story about how racy Cuban television is on account of not  having a broadcast code of standards. 

Mamie Eisenhower can't wait for the election to be over. Marilyn Monroe is sexy; General Eisenhower is popular; our Ambassador to Turkey would like to be famous; Harold Medina gave that inauguration address where he says the students shouldn't be so worried about security; regular people have colourful stories and the governor of Michigan's wife had to pay a parking ticket after the old "Don't you know who I am" defence failed. (For a change, I am reliably informed!)


Twentieth Century Fox's Monkey Business is "one of the best comedies of the year" in spite of starring a chimpanzee. Although maybe not, because it costars Marilyn Monroe. Son of Paleface is a sequel to Paleface, obviously. It has the same stars, but they are playing different people, so it isn't really a sequel? Bob Hope does a good job and the big musical number is nice. The Devil Makes Three is a "first-rate picture of postwar Germany" marred by melodramatic love and cops-and-robber stories.



Roy Campbell is a troubled author who likes bullfights, only he is English instead of American and anyway everyone should buy his book Light on a Dark Horse, because you just can't get enough of troubled authors and bullfights. (That's an order, not an observation.) Mary Borden's You, the Jury is a novel about a treason trial that is very misguided because of moral reasons the reviewer disagrees with. Hutchinson and Adler's wall of Great Books is now out, complete with their Synopticon that explains it all. Cynthia Asquith does not need 52 volumes to cover 102 themes, because she is funny and can wear a frock. See her memoir, Haply I May Remember

Raymond Moley explains in Perspectives that it is important that the states have the Tidelands so that they will have the money to keep the Darkies down. Or, in California, the Mexicans.

Aviation Week, 15 September 1952

News Digest reports that Lockheed is on strike, the USAF is expanding pilot training, this was the safest year for flying ever, the American Helicopter pulsejet is on show, which I mentioned while covering Newsweek but may  have misattributed to Hiller, that Kamen has another model (literally), and that the first turboprop Super Connies might be delivered in 1955 if someone  just orders them. 

Katherine Johnsen's Washington Roundup reports that the defence buildup "emergency " is over, and all administration is being turned back over to the Department of Defence. The next budget might be more balanced, with more money for the army, but meanwhile the Bureau of the Budget has appointed a committee of ten to recommend some cuts from air force procurement, which seems a bit bloated.

Industry Observer reports from London that Bristol, Rolls Royce and Armstrong Siddeley are competing neck-and-neck in the high powered axial race, taht Boulton Paul's second P. 120 research plane will be available to continue the test flying regime in a few weeks, that the deadline for the BEA helicopter specification is running out with most firms undecided about their offer of a radically new helicopter design that can actually do the work. Napier's Eland turboprop is very light compared with current practice and may be used in later models of the Viscount. The British are worried that aircraft keep getting bigger, one reason being ever heavier armament, with the Hunter and Swift now to carry 30mm guns and a twin 20mm going into the nose of the Avro Shackleton II. Comet takeoff under Sprite rocket boost assist was smooth with no smoke, but very loud. Bristol is redesigning the Britannia turboprop nacelles to run the tailpipes straight back, and Aviation Week reports the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer.

Robert B. Holtz reports for Aviation Week that "Britain Bids for World Jet Plane Business" It does!  In terms of what is on offer, the Hunter is better than the Swift, the Javelin was better than the DH110 before the crash, Canberra production will be curtailed in favour of the faster Avro and Vickers jobs, the Fairey Gannet is impressive engineering, and Aviation Week suspects that the crash was caused by the DH110 being overstressed by supersonic flight. 

Alexander McNeely reports "800 Planes a Month" The USAF and Navy finally answer their critics by producing a lot of planes, although far less than originally promised and much later. I don't know how much it matters when they're so much better than WWII planes, but that is what the critics were harping on.  Even planes going directly to storage are replacing WWII antiques, and the Secretary took the moment to let us know that the J65 definitely wasn't a failure and that SAC will be able to fight an atomic war in no time. CAB has also proposed rules for ditching.

"Air Show Accidents Pose Design Problems" At Detroit and Farnborough, new supersonic planes broke up in the air while showing off at air shows. Dense, low altitude air stresses air frames, so that's a reason that this is happening, but maybe jet planes have to be stronger!

"Shakeup" Lockheed is going through an unexpected shakeup of top brass. Designers would like a shakeup at Defence, because they are tired of different standards causing red tape. 

Aeronautical Engineering has "DH110: A Study of a Fighter's Evolution" It's a Vampire development with a new engine and a moderate wing sweepback, a new wing, and a new engine. The airframe wasn't too radical, because the DH108 was a disaster and you dont' 'want to have that happen again! 

Irving Stone has "Belt Grinds Fast, Accurate Tapers" for Production. Abrasive belts from Carborundum Corporation now include this tapered job, which is definitely worth five pages. 

Philip Klass reports for Avionics on "Novel Design Featured in HF Transceiver"  It is a new 100 watt airborne transceiver from Collins with some interesting features (automatic volume control), but essentially this is just an ad for a small plane radio. 

"British Low Cost Approach Radar," from McGraw-Hill World News Service. It is a Cossor radar that gives azimuth but not elevation data, so it is half a PAR (no height finder), and at 40kW peak power at 3.2cm can pick up a plane at 15 miles distance, with a simple cathode ray console display for the observer. From Instrument Resisters Company comes a new line of precision resistors that work from minus 55 to plus 126 Celsius.

Filter Centre reports that RCA may develop a new radar, that DuMont is coming out with a bright radar display soon, that RCA is building a "high intelligibility intercommunications system for the Air Force," that the latest model of the Good year Differential Analyser is the L3, out now. 

George L. Christian has been sent off to do an Equipment article about Trans-Ocean Airlines, which has a maintenance contract with the Air Force and charter services all over the place.   The Air Force has ordered Arctic heaters, Tiltman Langley's pre-fab aircraft docks get an advertorial, as does the Air Force's new screens for protecting jet engines on the ground from ingressing passersby. 

Off the Line reports on Lockheed's new Scintilla Engine Analysers, duck carpet to lay on landing mats to keep dust ingestion down, TCA's new Super-Constellations, Polyken 329's 100" waterproof moisture barrier, stainless steel wire for carburetors from Rolling Mills, Inc., and a plastic dial for automatic direction finding indicators, the Rabi from the company of the same name. (It has compass bearings superimposed on a rotatable translucent face that can be mounted on the indicator dial.) Transonic has a rocket fuel isolator, Goodyear a rubber propeller seal, and Fram, Corporation a dial cutter. Sta-Fast's fastener insert for sandwich type panels reduces the chances of damage in securing them. 

CAA and CAB are fighting over who gets to collect Robin Airlines' scalp. Ocean tourism was up 50% with 10% more flights, but operators worry that Atlantic coach air services are not financially sound in the long run because load factors might decline as equipment shortages ease and we go into the "low season," and this will throw costs onto first class service and have a domino effect. 

Captain A. C. Robson's Cockpit Viewpoint looks into the affairs of the Airline Pilots' Association, which he can do without me. What's New looks at a monograph describing Sylvia Berkman's new syntehtic octane catalyst, views the slick new Jimmy Stewart documentary, Wings for Industry, and reads the Kwik-Klamop and Stamping in Small Lots catalogues. (From HPL Manufacturing.)

Robert H. Wood's Editorial understandably has a field day with the Detroit and Farnborough air disasters.



Three New Orleanites liked the article about New Orleans and some of the four letters about the orchestra story were positive, which makes a nice exception to the rest of the letters, which complain about imagined mistakes and are upset that Newsweek took a picture of a sleepy sentry. Although bridge players were nice!  Our publisher apologises for taking the cover off from the election to give James B. Conant some press. 

The Periscope reports that Eisenhower won't attack Dean Acheson, that Kefauver will campaign for Stevenson, that the Senate Preparedness Committee wants a "plane czar," that Comptroller Lindsay Warren is embarrassed by criticisms of the General Accounting Office and is going to do something about it. Representative Overton Brooks told the Japanese that the US doesn't consider them a real, sovereign nation during his visit and everyone is in trouble. The Navy's atomic carrier is expected to make 40 knots, fast as the fastest torpedo. The Army and Air Force will have different names for the same exercises from now on. A "leading planemaker" wants to get rid of leading edge slots and deicing equipment because they just slow down production and the air crew know what they signed up for. The Norwegians are training their home guard miliita as patrols against parachute saboteurs. The US is looking on with interest, because It Might Happen Here. "Pardon me. Mr. Fellow Americanski! I am John Son of John Johnson, another American just like you who happens to not know way to aeroplane factory for very good and not at all suspicious reasons!" Entirely plausible rumours out of Poland have Marshal Rokossovsky wounded by an attack by a Polish officer he cuckolded, and his guards shooting down yet another outraged Polish husband. Athens police arrested a suspicious individual watching the arrival of the Yugoslav ambassador, who turned out to be carrying five hand grenades and a signed confession to being a Stalinist. Austrian officials are afraid that former Nazis and Socialists will resurge in the next election at the expense of the conservative party, while the Japanese are starting their own first, postwar nuclear lab. In Hollywood news, Herb Shriner will substitute for an ailing Fred Allen, Eddie Albert and Jane Wyatt will be in a domestic comedy, Leave it to Lester, on CBS-TV, Mickey Rooney is going to do a series of TV-movies where he can sing and dance. Katherine Grayson is going to do a Warners musical version of Saratoga Trunk, Will Rogers, Jr., has signed a four-picture deal with Warner, Billy Wilder is trying to get Charlie Chaplin to star in a production of "Oedipus Rex." 

Washington Trends reports that Taft will campaign for Eisenhower and create the appearance of the campaign moving to the right, which is just an appearance. Also, Truman will campaign for Stevenson, etc. It's all very exciting and this week's poll only shows Eisenhower 6 points ahead. It's a dead heat! Eisenhower is cagey on civil rights, Stevenson is in the south, all the "key states" get another paragraph this week, while Newsweek investigates the "Springfield circle," and Lindley tells us that Stevenson hasn't been kidnapped and replaced by a double who can't campaign or something equally silly. Senate Races checks in on Wisconsin, where McCarthy's supporters are running against all the big-headed Pinkos who have maligned him by inventing "McCarthyism," which is the worst smear ever. Meanwhile, anti-McCarthy Republicans have come up with an ingenious plan to get rid of him: Let the Democrats do it! Either they will cross over and vote in the Republican primary for his opponent, or, at worst, they will beat him in November. Unfortunately for this plan, any Democrats who crossed over, voted for McCarthy, who won the primary with an overwhelming majority, and now all the state Republicans who endorsed McCarthy will have to campaign for him. Oops! Utah is also having a very exciting race, even after Arthur Watkins beat off a challenge from Marriner Eccles. 

National Affairs

Pictures of dead people in the paper: Fine. Communist schoolteachers: Not fine!
"Acheson Defends His Policy: Dulles Gives Republican Rebuttal" Who hates Communists more? We hate Communists more! Billy Rose is divorcing his wife and vice versa, and ten New York schoolteachers, denounced by the one and only Bella Dodd, are going to be fired for being Communists or for invoking the Fifth to get out of admitting they were Communists, which is grounds for dismissal in New York. So there, you dumb old Constitution!  Voice of America is in trouble for not being anti-Communist enough, again, and the State Department is going to try to fix it by appointing a new director. 


"NATO's Navy Puts to Sea: Nine Nations in 'Main Brace'" MAINBRACE will involve 200 warships, 1000 warplanes and 80,000 personnel. I would list the nine NATO countries involved, but, seriously, it's most of them. In a sign of the times, only two battleships will be involved, Wisconsin and Vanguard, but eleven aircraft carriers. There's not much more to actually say, so Newsweek quotes Winston Churchill and an admiral named Mahan, who had a way with words. The land exercise equivalent will be ROSEBUSH.

"Towards a Federal Europe" I've been pretty stingy with headlined articles in this letter because there's three issues of Newsweek to crack and extract the meat from, and this one doesn't deserve a headline in its own right. Like a lot of things that get "Towards . . " in the title, the subtext is that we know where we're going but have no idea what road to take, and that leads to a meandering article. But it's an article with Jean Monnet stealing the chair out from under a bureaucrat so that  he can have an office meeting in the new (temporary?) European Commission headquarters in Luxembourg, where no-one speaks each other's language, the secretaries have typewriters but  nothing to type, and everyone walks around on tiptoes over offending the "anti-federal" British observers, and over saying the wrong thing to the wrong person about the French plans to move the headquarters to a "federalised" Saar valley. 

The next article, which is about Hjalmar Schacht and Alton Jones "booking out" of the Anglo-Iranian dispute also doesn't deserve a title. As usual, it's all Mossadegh's fault and the Iranians are lazy and feckless. A long story about the Liepizig Trade Fair follows next. The East Germans are doing a good job of putting their country back together, but there are spies everywhere, all the propaganda posters seem ungracious and wearing, and people are subtly disgruntled.

"She Becomes He" So Dr. Elizabeth Forbes-Sempill, the eldest daughter of the Baron of Sempill has never been comfortable being a woman, and now she has legally changed herself into a himself, following "medical treatments" which have made her "biologically a man." Now she's "Ewan," and I don't know how I feel about that, and she's also the heir to Sempill in place of her uncle, who is very upset about it. And I know how I feel about this, which is that it is just throwing over the gaming table at the family law division! I may never have to worry about it, because patent rights can be willed, but not restricted to the male line; but what about Princess Margrethe of Denmark, if she ever has a baby brother? You know what else is uncomfortable? Chancellor Audenauer at a ceremony for German compensation for killing 6 million Jews and making the lives of the surviving refugees miserable. The details of the $822 million compensation have been discussed around  here, but not Adenauer's ceremonial gold pen running out of ink during the signing ceremony. Meanwhile, a French medical symposium on alcoholism has concluded that the French drink far too much. 

A full-page pictorial on Egypt's new strong man concludes that General Naguib is "tireless, devout, tolerant." 

The Korean War has "Big Test for Retrained ROKs" The ROK Capitol Division is fighting a grim, WWI-style battle for Capitol Hill under constant Red artillery barrages, showing that their retraining is taking hold, and that as soon as it can be extended to the other million soldiers of the ROK, the UN can beging withdrawing its troops, armistice or not. Whether that's what ends up happening or not, I hope it gooses the Communist peace negotiators! 

In Canada, there was a scandalous mass breakout from the Don Valley Jail, and a not-at-all scandalous episode in which Canadian bankers wrote falsified letters confirming that Canadians entering the United States had enough money to support themselves, including in one case the sister of the Health and Welfare Minister, Paul Martin. But he told the police that he wanted his sister to stop dropping his name ever so long ago, so everything is fine. 


Periscope Business Trends reports that the boom is developing unevenly, with the East Coast in particular left behind. New York is suffering from the loss of manufacturing, as the apparel trades are declining and not being replaced. The RFC is concerned enough to be relaxing borrowing restrictions. In "Sunday Supplement stuff," Boeing is talking about a turbine-powered truck, Northrop is talking about a glass aeroplane (to sustain the high temperatures of supersonic flight), and people are talking about geriatric drugs as the next antibiotics, and beer concentrate as the next big thing. One place where growth is guaranteed is electronics, where sales have risen tenfold from $500 million in 1940. With all the electronics in planes nowadays, a war would see the industry make a killing. (Get it? Killing!) Price decontrols are much less extensive than is sometimes assumed, and there's talk of a major oil field, or oil sands field, being discovered north of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.  

The auto industry has full assembly lines again, and Hudson has a major new model coming out next year, while Ford, Chrysler and GM are talking about style changes, and Kaiser-Frazier is saving major changes to 1955. Predictably, perhaps, Herbert J. Miller of the Tax Foundation and the Hoover Institute told a major meeting of economic researchers at Pennsylvania;s Shawnee Inn resort, that if  you parse the numbers right, American incomes have been declining and indebtedness rising since 1944. Everyone hates cost of living rises, the Bank of America wants another President like A. P. Giannini but doesn't know where to find one, and imported Japanese cigarette lighters are a challenge for Ronson.

"Beginning of a Boom" Newsweek checks in with the air conditioning industry, which thinks that it has the next big household appliance and expects to move 700,000 units next year (up from a supply-limited 425,000 last year) and a million next year.

"Something for the Girls" We check in with Jimmy Spitalny's All Girls Job Centre in Chicago, which sounds like either an excellent idea or the beginning of something horribly sordid.

"Whirlybird Jeep" The Army is showing off its Hiller XH-26 "Jet-Jeep," which sounds promising except for the pilot's very prominent ear-muffs.

Week in Business reports that John Fox has completed his takeover of Western Union, Alcoa's $45 million expansion of its Wenatchee aluminum plant, Curtiss-Wright's new 24,000hp turboprop, the strike at Lockheed, and William Howlett resigning at Nesco because of "fundamental disagreements" with board chairman Arthur Keating. 

Otis Elevator says that the automatic elevator is the coming thing, Steel Techniplan's modular office furniture is also the coming thing, and Products: What's New reports on a whole host of coming things, including a new chemical separator from Dow, lampshades from Polyplastex that contain natural sprigs of heather, grass, leaves and feathers; a four-head, versatile drill for jet engine workers from Modern Industrial Engineering; and an automatic gas safety valve cutoff from Kelly Safety Devices of Cleveland.   

Henry Hazlitt still finds business too boring to talk about in Business Tides, so this week he denounces farm price subsidies instead. 

Science, Medicine, Education

This is the centennial of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and 25,000 of them (out of 400,000) came to the annual convention in Chicago to drag their wives (and in some cases, husbands) around all sorts of exhibits of all the stuff engineering has accomplished in the last hundred years, from giant bridges to steel mills to --you know, the usual. Will those perennial predictions of thousand mile rockets and new sources of food finally come true by next year? Who knows, but the Society is officially concerned about graduating only 12,400 new engineers next year for 40,000 jobs, and wants a vast public education campaign to draw in new engineering students.

"Talks on Teeth" At the annual convention of the American Dental Association, two Cornell scientists, Drs. Stanley Behman and George Egan, an oral surgeon and an engineer, respectively, talked about their new denture installation system, which involves implanting magnets in the jawbone to keep them in place; Dr. J. Bernard Hutcherson explained a new process for straightening adult teeth by using a combination of braces to gradually adjust their orientation over a few months, followed by a retainer to keep them in place until they "set." Dr. John Spencer thinks that adolescents who play sports should wear mouthpieces like the ones that boxers wear to prevent tooth damage. Dr. Arvin Munn says that people with artificial molars can learn to eat any kind of food, even corn, Dr. C. J. Cordetto puts toys on his dental drill so that it doesn't scare kids,  and Dr. Sidney Kohn says that people undergoing dental treatments shouldn't eat sugar or starch. 

The Menninger Institute has done an enormous study of its psychiatrist graduates and found that only the low-performing ones are crazy but the crazy, low performing ones cause most of the trouble in the profession while ruining their own lives. As for how the low-performing ones slip through, well, gosh, they're hard to pick out with tests! Various labs have found that some of their experimental animals are very strange, like short-legged rabbits and a black-feathered Plymouth Rock/Rhode Island Red named Hilda, who belongs to the Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where she lays radioactive eggs, which can be used to trace the formation of cholesterol in eggs. This is because cholesterol is bad for you and it would be nice to find a way to reduce the amount in eggs. And if you're wondering about this terrifying, radioactive chicken, they just give it injections. 

"Dr. Conant: In Science, Pure, In Education, Controversial" John B. Conant is the President of Harvard, where he is making some changes, and is the leading educator in America, where he wants to make even bigger changes. Also, he is a public commentator who, amongst other things, doesn't see much of a future for atomic power or atomic war. The controversial changes in education will consist of more federal funding for education so that all the states and localities can afford secondary schools to handle the massive "boom" in births during and since the war; more two year colleges so that more students aren't roped into dubious four-year college degrees; fewer parochial and private schools, which are bad for democracy; and following along from that, social reforms so that intergenerational wealth doesn't build up and create a society of "castes, not classes." Which even Newsweek thinks is an odd thing for the President of Harvard to say. 

Art, Radio-Television, Press, Newsmakers

Punch has sent Nellie, "the most famous locomotive in Britain," to visit America, resulting in a nice picture book for Rowland Emett, A New World for Nellie, and quite a fetching caricature for the Art page.

"New Stars: Adlai and Ike" Newsweek reviews Stevenson and Eisenhower as stars of television and radio. Stevenson comes out ahead because he used to do a regular show when he was Governor of Illinois, and, of course, he likes to tell jokes. Probably too many jokes! Eisenhower talks over himself. Almost as newsworthy is the Archbishop of Canterbury's views on television. You see, he visited America recently and is very worried about television's effect on the masses. His wife, however, says he is all wet, as usual. Television is fine!

Chicago has newspapers and dubious newsmen, Louis Dolivet is trying to get into the country to deal with a family tragedy, but has been denied a visa because he is some kind of pinko who has been involved with pinko nespapers in the past, and the party press is treating the other guy surprisingly politely this election, so far.  

Bob Taft's son is getting married, Douglas MacArthur is settling in at Remington Rand, 200 girls fainted in the stands in Natchez, Mississippi during a football game, which was either due to their being fed bad hamburgers before the game, or, more likely, a male doctor says, silly old female mass  hysteria. Elizabeth Taylor is expecting, it says here. Mary Pickford is rehearsing for the first time in twenty  years, for a role in Stanley Kramer's Circle of Fire. Bette Davis is also in ther news. Major General Hayden Boatner, who suppressed the Koje Island riots, is back in Texas to take over as second in command of Fourth Army, where he told a press conference that he hates being called "Bull," and that the nickname doesn't suit him. Everyone agrees that 'Los Angeles" is pronounced with a soft "g," and not a hard "g," the Mexican way. Speaking of which, the Kefauvers are still in Europe, and certainly not back in America campaigning, like Bob Taft is. A chlorophyll factory in Louisiana has been shut down for noxious fumes, a Chicago businessman has some paintings for sale, and a 74 year old man is in trouble with some city for not putting a bathtub in his house, contrary to local ordinances. Leonard Bernstein has had a baby, Maria Tallchief is engaged, Bobby Riggs is married, Fifi D'Obray is divorced, Walter Wanger is out of jail, royals, etc., William Lamb and Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram are dead. 
New Films

The Amazing Monsieur Fabre is a documentary about that famous Nineteenth Century bug scientist (entomologist) we've all heard about. We haven't? Well, there's lots of great bug footage, and he had quite the life, so it's a great documentary. My Man and I is an MGM attempt to tell a low-class California romance story featuring a Mexican migrant farm worker who marries a lush and gets hit on by his asshole employer's wife. Then it has a happy ending, which is terrible. Just for You is a fine Bing Crosby family drama. Fine. Just fine. 


Justice William Douglas (and, oh, the stories about him!) has another book out that's not about supreme judging, but, instead, his travels, this time Beyond the Himalayas. H. Consuelo Balsan's The Glitter and the Gold is her memoir of marrying into the British aristocracy and then divorcing out of it to be a lot happier. It's like a Henry James novel, but with a happy ending, and the reviewer can't even complain about it, because it's true. Newsweek hates John Steinbeck's latest, East of Eden. 

Raymond Moley is afraid that Henry Hazlitt hasn't told the readers about Adlai Stevenson being a terrible liberal enough yet, so he devotes this week's Perspectives to explaining that he is too soft on international relations, what with his wanting to help poor countries and not actively foment the overthrow of Communist regimes.


Aviation Week, 22 September 1952

News Digest reports that the F-101 has been ordered (this also gets a Ben S. Lee news story reviewing the history of the programme), that the Army was very impressed with the XH-26, that there has been another air crash at Elizabeth, this one of a DC-3 with no fatalities, as it landed in a swamp and not a built up area. David Ryan, son of Claude Ryan, has died in an Air Force flying accident. Jet fuel supply is improving. 

Industry Observer reports from London that the British have sold 300 Swifts to Holland, that Hunters will not be available for overseas sale until 1955, that the RCAF will put GE J47s in their F-86s because they can't get Avons. Temco is going to build an Armstrong Siddeley powered trainer in the fall. English Electric has a "transocean bomber" under development, but the British definitely don't want big planes like the Princess, Brabazon and, it now turns out, Air Horse. I don't think that the size of the Air Horse was a problem so much as the three separate power plants! 

Katherine Johnsen's Washington Roundup reports that aircraft spending is worringly high, production worringly low and the Army is getting the anti-air role.

Robert B. .Hotz reports for Aviation Week on "British Speed Empire-Wide Coach Service" Well, that's aggressive! Details of equipment availability to follow! The nonskeds, which are doing a lot of trooping out Africa and Middle East way, are getting second hand equipment to play their part.

ALPA is asking the CAA to intervene with regards to an El Paso city ordinance requiring lowered landing flaps, because American has been ignoring previous ordinances and the city is getting tough. believing that lowered flaps to divert prop wash is a good thing. There's also a look at the tornado that hit Carswell AFB and "crippled" SAC, which the Air Force is all over, no need for the Johnson Committee top investigate, no sir! Air Materiel Command is refusing to speed up reporting on contract negotiations, Boeing thinks that defence planning could be streamlined, and the CAA opposes the use of auto gas in planes. 

David A. Anderton has "Why British Push Delta Wing Design" for Aeronautical Engineering Because it is a good design concept? Correct!

Production has a story about the National Association of Manufacturers' Representatives, which is a Dayton-area association of all the reps who hang around Air Materiel Command and do very important and completely legitimate work, and no influence peddling whatsoever. 

Pratt and Whitney sends in an article about their preparations to move into a new plant in South Haven. 

Philip Klass has "New Ignition Better, Yet Cheaper," for Avionics I suppose that an electronic jet engine ignition initiator is technically "avionics"! And Bendix hasn't had an advertorial in here in two weeks, so it is about time. Midwestern Geophysical Laboratory has an oscillograph that "withstands shock."

George L. Christian checks out the maintenance activities at TPA Aloha for Equipment. 

New Aviation Products has the Sel Lok Spring Pins from Self Lock Fastener, Sun Electric's shock resistant electrical measurement meters, a wide angle lens for aerial cameras from Bausch and Lomb.

A McGraw-Hill Linewide Editorial reminds us that  government is bad in the long run because it gives us stuff, like Santa Claus, and you don't want Santa Claus to die of overwork. Anyway, please cut our taxes so we can make America better by having more money! 

So They Tell Us is upset that the British are saying that they cracked the sound barrier first (by diving a DH108), that the Mig-17 is so supersecret that the only way  you can learn about it is buy buying a model kit at Hamley's in Piccadilly Circus, that the RAF has new hats. (It's not just Flight.) The Navy is keeping the P2V a secret and is buying two turboprop Super Connies. Pilots from Korea complain that rockets miss a lot. LAA Helicopters has had yet another accident, but it is funny because the machine landed safely and the only permanent damage was caused by two boy s climbing on it. Dr. Albert Plesman of KLM says that atom-powered airplanes will be all the rage by 1975. Engine delivery delays are holding up B-66 deliveries and a West Coast manufacturer fingers Air Force specification changes for delaying guided missile deliveries.

Letters has  one from Boeing defending gifts of stock to senior executives, from Vultee that really likes an article about Vultee (and Piasecki, and Doman), from Protection Inc reminding everyone that it made the keen helmet seen on a Lockheed pilot in an Aviation Week picture, from France explaining why it prefers money to equipment in the way of military aid, because it is spending so much in Indochina that it can't afford to keep domestic industry working, that Fashion Frocks is making parachutes for the armed forces.. A pilot in Korea really appreciates his subscription. 


Colonel Malin Craig, an engineer and artillerist in the Office of the Chief of Military History, was very upset with the article about Korea in 1950, and thinks that it does a disservice to the quality of the weapons the army went to war with, and to the Office by misreporting the source of the official history that Newsweek was using. Joseph Hurley wonders why US fighter jets have windshield wipers that cost $5000 each. That's a lot more than car wipers! Mike Sullivan thinks that all them strat-ee-gists at NATO have their thinking caps on crooked what with their plans for lines and redoubts and all. On the other hand, French exchange student Bernard Fall points out that in evaluating German and French plans for defending Europe, maybe we should take a moment to recall that the Germans lost WWII, so maybe their brilliant, experience-based plan for beating the Red Army isn't so hot, after all. Will Merrill, B. A. Koteff, Colonel James Coll, and H. Hanson (of Kemano, Canada!) have opinions about the staged rifle inspection picture from the Korea article, which was either staged improperly, or not. Our Publisher reminds everyone to give generously during the Red Feather campaign and is pleased that Newsweek correspondent Ken Crawford is getting letters from Korea from men he met when he was the first reporter ashore on D-Day. 

The Periscope reports that "the Nixon incident" is going to have important repercussions in the next session of Congress, inspiring more effort to increase Congressmen's pay so that they won't get into corruption scandals so much. Robert Patterson's unpublished memoirs may have scandalous material about an aborted attempt by President Truman to break up the railway strike with troops. President Truman will take a world tour when he leaves the White House, focussing on promoting Point Four. The President of the AFL is ailing and the European Pact may not come off after all. Meanwhile, Navy Secretary Dan Kimball is promoting the idea of sending Koumintang troops to Korea. MAINBRACE participants are carrying live ammunition but have been told not to fire on Russian units no matter what the provocation. The USN's new Mariner-class transports will be able to defend themselves with torpedoes and anti-submarine helicopters, while there is talk that the Air Force won't get its own service academy after all, after it submitted a budget estimating the cost of putting a four-year man through at $25,000, which is three times what Annapolis spends. The new "super-pep gimmick" that is improving F-86 performance in Korea is an afterburner, says Secretary Finletter, while the Air Force is building an exact  replica of the MiG-15 to see how it works, and "a well-known British aviation firm is working on a jet-powered seaplane[?]." The Canadian navy is in trouble after the crew of a cruiser in MAINBRACE started a riot while on liberty in a Norwegian port town. The British are worried about civil unrest in Kenya. Anthony Eden is said to need some favourable publicity from his talks with Tito, as his rival, Rab Butler, is rising in Churchill's eyes. Some people say that the Royal Family should have sold a palace instead of buying a Scottish castle when the King died, but the castle was a steal, so they're keeping it. The Soviets have finished their defensive radar net in the west, and are moving on to the Far East. Russian troops have joined Hungarian for manoeuvres on the Yugoslav frontier, rumours of a  major explosion near Budapest are being hushed up, the flow of emigres from the East Bloc is falling off, and the ABC-Paramount merger is likely to be approved. 

Arlene Dahl and Rosemary Clooney will co-sar with Bob Hope in his next movie, Girls are Here to Stay, Marlon Brando will play the lead, probably with Susan Hayward, in a movie version of Mika Waltari's The Egyptian, Jennifer Jones will star in Terminal Station, to be filmed in Rome with Vittorio De Sica directing. Lee Schubert is producing a new version of the Ziegfield Follies, and Raymond Massey has written a play based on Bruce Hamilton's The Hanging Judge, which will be staged in London by Michael Powell and Walter P. Chrysler.  

Washington Trends reports that the Nixon incident will continue to damage the campaign, but on the other hand Ike has the farm vote wrapped up. In non-campaign news, the draft will be light until next spring, when there's going to be another argument about drafting fathers. 

The Campaign is devoted to the "Nixon incident" in a way that Nixon's television address on Tuesday makes completely obsolete, so let's just move right on. At least he didn't blame the Reds, again! Plus we check in with Stevenson flailing around, and Governor Shriver's war on the Truman Administration over Tidelands. Also, "Fifty Experts Give Stevenson a Slight Edge," which, considering that it's Newsweek, pretty much seals the deal. It'll be an Eisenhower romp! In spite of which we have to wade through even  more coverage, of the AFL's campaign, and Senate races in Indiana and Delaware. 

 National Affairs

"Candle and McGrath Speak Up on Justice Departments" Oh for Heaven's sake, not this week. 

"Soviet Slaves" The Administration is upset about a new report on "Forced Labour in the Soviet Union," which documents just how many political prisoners are being held in Soviet forced labour camps. Twenty million seems like a lot! Also, there's been a major jailbreak in Pennsylvania ending in a fierce gun battle in New York in which two policemen were killed and one injured, and two of the three fugitives.  White House correspondent Joe Short gets a nice obituary, and we check in with the new Air Force bases being built along the shore of the Arctic Ocean. The world is still round, which means that you can still take a shortcut to Europe or bomb Moscow by way of the North Pole, which is why the Air Force is building an air base in Thule, which is way up north in Greenland. It is very expensive, because Thule is icebound ten months of the year and it is very cold and expensive to build there, so the Air Force is fling modular buildings in. The Russians probably have their own Thule on Franz Josef Land, it stands to reason. 

Korean War

"Guided Missiles Enter Combat: Do the Reds Have Them, Too?" Just to be clear here, this is actually some radio controlled Hellcat drones, so it is not new, it is something that every air force in the world has been experimenting with for years. Reggie points out that the details of the radio control, which also involves a television transmitter, is a bit more interesting, but also stuff that people have been working on for years. The real breakthrough will be if the forthcoming British atomic test at Monte Bello confirms their work on a new method of atomic detonation that makes for smaller bombs which can be carried in "guided missiles" like a Hellcat drone. 

"Truce: Something Cooking?" It is hoped that the Russian-Chinese talks in Moscow which have just concluded, will lead to a new Red approach over Korea. 


"Hate America' Rules as Theme of Moscow and Peking Parleys" Well, that's encouraging! Also, Finland has just paid off its war reparations to the Soviet Union in full, and Our Correspondent got to watch as fifteen Americans and 50 Norwegians pretended to be an army assaulting the Norwegian coast and coordinating air strikes with the MAINBRACE fleet, as the US Marines that were supposed to take part went home the second time the exercise was postponed, and the Norwegians couldn't afford to send more up to be trained in radio control of air operations in the icy, snowy, north. Which Our Correspondent enjoyed to the fullest! Admiral Sir Patric Brind, SHAPE's CINCNORTH, says everything will be fine  next year when Norway's three divisions and "fifty percent" of necessary defensive air power will be ready. Norway can't afford a complete air force, and the Allies aren't allowed peacetime bases there under the NATO treaty, so that part's a bid tricky. In France, the Communist Party doesn't seem so keen on being a violent, Stalinist vanguard party, and in Iran, the mystery over the role of "self-made American businessman" Alton Jones is deepening. The State Department thinks that he is leading the Iranian hardliners on with promises of an independent operation to operate the oil fields, and on the other hand the British need to just shut up about their demands for compensation, because the Iranians are never going to give up on them. Tito has obliged Anthony Eden by wheeling out  his wife for some pictures so that he can be in the papers. The First Southeast Asian Veterans' Conference was attended by a bunch of former guerillas turned anti-communists who talked about how to fight modern, Communist guerillas based on their WWII experience against Japan.

In Latin America, Colombia might be having some kind of civil war.


The Periscope Business Trends reports that Detroit is having a labour shortage, the banks don't like the new reporting rules, life insurance companies are still having trouble investing all their money, the federal minimum wage for garment workers on government contracts  is going up, more and more automatic controls in industry are helping cut the need for unskilled labour, reduce factory costs, and kill the rise curve of labour costs, but will worsen the engineer shortage. The upcoming FTC ruling on the lead industry will probably be explosive, because it will reverse the 1944 ruling that the price control regime used by the iron industry wasn't collusive. In other words, it will set a precedent for reversing that ruling. 

Wall Street is sagging even though production and sales are up. Why? Various theories are advanced, not including the one about how you never clamp down (or make peace!) before an American election. Charles Wilson says he quit as Director of Defence Mobilisation because he was tired of dealing with Charles Murray of the CIO. The railways are launching a publicity campaign for higher rates, Newsweek has a box story about the best tax shelters around. (Oil, cattle, orange groves, timber and mutual funds all offer opportunities for tax writeoffs.) The BLS has released new statistics that show that the Hoover Institution/Tax Foundation story from last week is pure hooey. There won't be a coal strike. 

"Television: Uses in Industry" The Baltimore and Ohio has put television cameras in at its Chicago yard. They allow workers to monitor things that previously they would have to go take a physical look at. It is faster, saves work, and reduces workplace accidents. 

Notes: Week in Business reports that the AEC has selected Goodyear to operate its new U-235 separation plant in Pike County, Ohio. Chrysler has a new way of molding plastic that saves time and labour. Fairchild has obtained American rights for Fokker aircraft designs. The BLS says that costs of living edged up 0.2% in July and August. The Nicaro nickel plant in Cuba is back in operation after a $12 million upgrade. A poster child for Point Four, it is  owned by the Cuban government but operated for the General Services Administration by a joint operation of "American and Cuban capital" to provide nickel for American use. 

Products: What's New has a portable dictation machine from Edison, a rubber printer from Goodyear, and tweezers with an attached magnifying glass from Bauer-Lee of Sierre Madre, California. Perfect for those annoying body hairs that I don't have!

Henry Hazlitt hasn't heard the latest news from the BLSs, so he asks "Are You Better Off?" in Business Tides, and explains that you only think you have more money, a nicer house, a better car, and more vacations and food than in 1944. Actually. Well, ahem. Debt!

Science, Medicine, Education

Scientists in Wisconsin are studying fish, while at Harvard Dr. Richard Held, a psychologist at the Harvard Physiological Laboratory is looking at the effects of sensory deprivation on our general sense of awareness. He puts men in blindfolds in a silenced room for a few hours and then tests their balance, vision and hearing. They get pretty confused! 

"Wanted: Chemists" The American Society of Chemists had their annual meeting in New Jersey, because chemists have even less fun than engineers. They heard papers on successes in neptunium synthesis from uranium (that's one of those radioactive elements beyond plutonium that can't exist in nature because they decay too quickly), new pesticides even better than DDT, a method of removing sulphur from gasoline by passing it over catalysts, and researchers from National Distillers who have isolated the chemical behind the "peppery taste" in whiskey.
Medical Notes reports that this is the worst polio year yet, that the new liver drug, Methischol, is the closest thing yet to an elixir of youth, that GE's new ring x-ray machine is better than the old box ones, that "fish protein vaccinations" are offering relief to cataract sufferers without surgery, says Doctors Shropshire, Ginsberg and Jacobi of the Cataract Institute of South Kortright, New York. Drs./ Albert Sobel and Abraham Rosenberg of the Polytechnic Institute may have found a way of reducing premature aging of diabetes patients by treating insulin with carotene to reduce its artery-hardening effects. Drs. Irving Sunshine and Robert Nevad of the Case Western University have found a new urine test for drunkenness. 

"No Harm in DDT" DDT is known to be toxic in large enough quantities, to accumulate in foods like milk, and in human fat. The question is just how much accumulation takes place at ordinary treatment levels. The Food and Drug Administration set out to find out, having the Public Health Service's Communicable Disease Centre do an investigation around Savannah, Georgia, where there is heavy anti-malaria spraying. Taking snips of belly fat, they  have found mostly low levels of DDT contamination. (The one exception in their 60 samples is not understood), and believe that most reported DDT deaths  need to be re-examined. On the other hand, the new organo-phosphate insecticides really are dangerous. 

"ROTC Revolt" Basically, everyone got to stick their hands in the ROTC curriculum (military history, militay-civil relations, stuff like that), and mainly because of the Navy, but also because of the Ivy League, they have to take several courses instead of just one, and have a huge course load in upper years. The students are pretty upset about it, because they are basically just taking it for the draft deferral. Put that way, it almost sounds deliberate! 

Radio-Television, Press, Newsmakers

"Berle and His Ace" When Milton Berle's audience share fell below 75%, it was obvious that something needed to be done. Specifically, they hired a writer named Goodman Ace (whic is a real name) to punch up his act and help him come across as a good guy.

"Hearing: Pro and Con" The responsible House Committee has been having what sound to me like wildly irresponsible hearings about a broadcast standards code. The industry is against it because they feel they regulate themselves just fine. Right. I'll just turn to Hazlitt for more on that one! On the other hand, the critics had some fun. "Metaphysical practitioner" Walter Wilson thinks that the media is spreading disease by talking about it, while Frederick Wertham points out that there are both broadcasts and sex crimes in New York, and it is obviously not a coincidence. 

"Scripps Succession" Roy Howard is resigning as head of the Scripps-Howard News Service, and his 45-year-old son, Jack, will replace him. This keeps the wire service and associated properties firmly under the control of the Scripps Trust. The next story is about "Freedom --Elsewhere," but is about the problems that Argentinian newspapers  have with Peron. The Wall Street Journal is upset at President Truman for calling them the official organ of the Republican Party, well, shoes that fit, are worn! And Communists are ridiculous when they're not terrible. 

Eva Gabor is famous for a reason, President Truman was off his feed this week, the "titular Bishop of Munich" is a wino. So is James Farley, or possibly his stenographer. Charlie Chaplin has pulled out of his American tour and returned to Britain because he is being sued, charged, and investigated for pretty much everything except being a likely lead in Oedipus Rex, which when you look at his marriage, you wonder. Doris Duke has found peace studying under a Hindu Yoga, the town of Cicero, Illinois, is having a referendum on changing its name to get rid of the taint of Al Capone, a department store in Dallas is capitalising on the flying saucer craze by offering credit to saucer men, and John Steinbeck figures that East of Eden might be his first book to actually sell in Salinas, just so that people will know what they're suing him for. Edith Piaf is married, Florence Chadwick has set a record for the Catalina Channel swim, Glenn Ford has been injured on set, Austin Strong, 
Frances Alda, Hugo Bezdek, and John Price Gordon Rinehart have died.


The Snows of Kilimanjaro has a title to suck in the middlebrow, and is from Twentieth Century Fox. The title suggests an adaptation of the Hemingway novel with Gregory Peck and Rita Hayward. It turns out to be a Peck/Hayward love story. Boo! Hellgate is "part-Western, part prison story," and is about the notorious Western post-Civil War prison that they shut down for being too inhuman for 1871. But it squanders its material on a conventional Western-style story. 


J. Francis Dobbs has another book about ranching, The Mustangs You'll probably know if you'll like it just from that, reviewers be damned. Edna Ferber's Giants is a novel about Texans, by a Texan, with lots of foul mouths. H. Allen Smith's Smith's London Journey is a diary of a trip to London that is also a tribute to Boswell's journals. The bit before he got to London was good. A. P. Herbert's Best Cartoons from Punch is about as funny as Punch, enough said. 

Raymond Moley's Perspectives is about "How to Elect Ike." He doesn't need your help, Raymond, which, thank Heavens, means he doesn't have to owe you anything. 

Aviation Week, 29 September 1952

News Digest reports that nothing much, really. It's all financial and sales news

Industry Observer reports that KLM is looking to buy some Sikorsky S-55s, that Armstrong Siddeley is building an expendable version of its Viper for guided missile work, that virtually every British air industry firm is working on rocket engines for missiles and supersonic fighters, that the North American F-86H ground support fighter will be powered by the GE J73, more about the big Wright turboprop but not the J67. New delivery British Canberras are 10,000lbs lighter than Martin deliveries, gross weight. 

Katherine Johnsen's Washington Roundup gets further into post mobilisation planning and the new production boss, John D. Small. 

Aviation Week's Washington staff do a victory lap over the fizzling of the APB's plan to reshuffle air production, hits the approval of afterburners for the J40 and the Army helicopter air show at Fort Bragg. No, wait, that's Alexander McSurely down in North Carolina. IATA is having a meeting, Aviation Week covers the Navy use of 6F drones. 

Production Engineering has the story of the Comet, as told by its designer, which is very interesting, especially the daring use of Redux to bond the fuselage pieces, which was key to keeping weights down and shapes aerodynamic. The Comet will probably enjoy a long developmental life, with Olympus and Sapphire versions to follow the Avon. 

"They All Watch Scorpion Weight" Northrop wants everyone to know that the weight of the F-89 absolutely isn't going to grow with development. They have an employee suggestion board and everything! 

The National Bureau of Standards recommends prestretching transparent plastic to reduce crazing. 

"Glass-Plastic Plane for Future?" Scooped by Newsweek! To be fair, there are pages of details about how ceramic materials, with their higher melting points, might be made into aircraft structural material. "It's not an artist's fantasy," says Thomas Piper, director of materials and process engineering for Northrop

The British are looking at pods to speed copter service, while the Rocket Society's meeting in Chicago heard papers about the radiation hazard in upper air flying, various sounding rockets, and Werner von Braun's concept of a multi-stage rocket vehicle to put satellites into orbit around the Earth. 

William J. Coughlin has "Little Black Boxes Move In on Pilots" for Avionics. It is a report on the Western Electronic Show. It's a five page catalogue and a bit overwhelming, and you really need to take to Bill and David who were there, hanging out in the digital equipment area.

Filter Centre reports that the electronic computer industry is getting tired of coming up with new "Brain" names, the latest being the RAYDAC, for Raytheon Digital Automatic Computer. The B-66 is to get the  new Minneapolis-Honeywell M-H autopilot. The Air Force has decided not to standardise on Sperry because of heavy factory load there.

Scott H. Reiniger has "Altitude Boost Claimed for Device" for Equipment. It's a "gasifier" for vaporising fuel into superheated gas before it goes into the carburetor, from  Robert Reichelm, Corporation. Yeah, I'm sure. Gets a hundred miles to the gallon! Technical Development has a space saving rig to test aircraft transmission drives by hooking them up to low horsepower drives, which, considering how complicated the things are these days, sounds like a good idea. Fine Organics has Stratofrost B, a new de-icer fluid. Goodrich has tubeless tires for jet planes, Bogue Electric has an aircraft nacelle tester that can test 200 circuits in 10 seconds. Also a test stand from Greer and high speed gun cameras for jets from Bolsey. 

Off the Line reports that Kai Tak is getting a runway extension, hurray, and that Industrial Sound Control has a soundproofing backlog approaching $4.25 million. Now that's the business to be in these days!

New Aviation Products reports that Pan Am has an engine cylinder heating bench, KLM a refrigeration truck, DSD Manufacturing has seals suitable for jet engine applications.

Air Transport reports that Idlewild is trying out surface radar to monitor taxi-ing aircraft, while a flight engineer's station has been ruled out for the DC7. 

Robert C. Wood is back in Editorial, which page survived  heavy treatment from the postman, unlike Captain Robson's column and What's New. Wood is looking into whether the Defence Department is mishandling air freight, which could provide the means to rapidly reinforce Europe in the event of war. 

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