(The transition between "Wendell Willkie, Defeated Presidential Candidate" and "Wendell Willkie, Globe-Trotting Super-Hero" happened so quickly and so subtly that no one even noticed...)
Congressional and newspaper critics clashed today over the censorship of news relating to President Roosevelt's inspection tour of war plants, as some Senators and Representatives charged the trip is being made for political purposes. Representative Charles A. Hallack (R-Indiana) fired the first shot by commenting that "it seems a little strange that these important trips of the President always seem to occur just before the elections come along." Senator John Thomas (R-Idaho) agreed, stating that the tour "smacks of playing politics in the midst of war," while Representative John Taber (R-New York) dismissed the tour as "purely a campaign trip, nothing more." The Administration did not respond to those charges other than to point out that the President has seen no candidates for national office, no State party chairmen, and no Democratic National Committeemen during the trip.
Meanwhile, Washington correspondents are protesting the President's refusal to take them along on the tour, and some Democratic congressman are arguing that the Administration, as Rep. John M. Coffee (D-Washington) put it, has "gone to extremes" in "this matter of censorship." Senator Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio) said of the tour that he could not "understand the reason for keeping it a secret for so long."
President Roosevelt may formally endorse Attorney General John Bennett for Governor of New York today, as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate prepares for his third invasion of the Republican strongholds upstate. It is believed that the President is preparing to follow the lead of Governor Herbert Lehman and Democratic Natinal Committee Chairman Edward Flynn in endorsing Mr. Bennett's candidacy. The Governor and Mr. Flynn had led the campaign of Senator James Mead for the Democratic nomination but yesterday announced their official support of the Bennet campaign. Mr. Bennett yesterday also received the endorsement of the Central Trades Council of the American Federation of Labor, an organization representing approximately 500 unions under the AF of L.
Congressional leaders, criticized by the President for their failure to meet his October 1st deadline for the enactment of anti-inflation legislation, hope today to have a bill on his desk, ready for his signature. House members have informally agreed to accept a compromise amendment by the Senate that would add consideration of farm labor costs to the bill, and will try today to come to agreement on a "floor" for agricultural prices that would avoid a threatened $650,000,000 increase in the cost of living.
Motorists are widely disregarding the new Federal speed limit of 35 miles per hour. A survey revealed that speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour continue to prevail not only on Federal highways and parkways where the new limit is in force but also on city streets where the limit is 25 miles per hour during the day and 20 at night.
(Well, that's one way to get rid of it.)
Mayor LaGuardia declared today that the future welfare of the United States depends on a widespread understanding of aviation. Dedicating the "Your Home at War" civilian defense exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, the Mayor stressed the importance of directing young people to an education in matters of aviation, pointing out his own experience during the First World War proves the fallacy of trying to teach adults to fly. "My record has never been challenged," declared the Mayor. "I was probably the worst flier in the whole A. E. F." The Mayor argued that the rudiments of flying can and should be taught to students as young as fourteen years of age.
Brooklyn blood continues to flow at an ever-increasing pace to save the lives of wounded servicemen, with borough residents having contributed 6561 pints during the month of September. The total quantity collected at the 57 Willoughby Street headquarters of the Brooklyn Red Cross and its traveling mobile unit exceeded the August total by 1233 pints. Twenty three percent of September donors were making their second, third, or subsequent donations. The new quota for October stands at 2000 pints per week.
Business concerns are now rushing to donate excess typewriters for Government use, in the face of a threat by the War Production Board to begin conscripting machines if voluntary donations were not forthcoming. One firm, for which the WPB was instrumental in securing key defense contracts, has offered to donate all its typewriters and go back to writing by hand if this should prove necessary. A bank pledged 20 percent of its machines as soon as the urgency of the present situation was placedf before it. Brooklyn's quota is 6000 typewriters manufactured since January 1, 1935.
(Look at all those Pocket Positives! Just like mine!)
(Do you sense a shift in the entertainment zeitgeist since the war? I mean, how many Broadway ads featured a dangling bra in 1941?)
(Never throw a party unless you have a definite plan in place for ending it.)
The dean of professional ventriloquists died yesterday in his room at the Hotel St. George from the effects of a throat infection. Fifty-five year old Marshall Montgomery had been on the stage for approximately 35 years, most recently at Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe. Before his stage career he had worked, briefly, for the Brooklyn Eagle advertising department under his true name of Albert Smith. He began his vaudeville career as a pianist, known for his ability to play while standing on his hands, but soon found it necessary to develop other skills to fill out his act. Developing his ventriloquial talents, he devised an act that he would eventually perform before such crowned heads as those of George V of England, Wilhelm of Germany, and Nicholas of Russia. One of his treasured possessions was a watch he was given by King George. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Montgomery claimed to be one of the first ventriloquists to perform on radio.
("SLAUGHTEH!" hisses Sally. "WHY AIN' HE INNA AWRMY!" "Gotta a'mit, t'ough," argues Joe, "kin'a nice t'see t'Yanks gettin' slapped aroun'." "I hope t'ey BOT' lose," growls Sally. "Leonora! Stop t'rowin'nem beets at t'cat!")
Sugar Ray Robinson is the favorite as the undefeated welterweight makes his first start as a middleweight against Jake LaMotta of the Bronx at Madison Square Garden tonight. Robinson has fought 35 professional bouts and has won every one of them, to the frustration of ring fans who now boo as soon as he is introduced. While LaMotta has 14 pounds on Robinson, it's not the weight that may give Robinson a battle -- it's Jake's rip-roaring tear-into-em technique. Robinson has had his toughest challenges against opponents using the back-alley fighting style.
As soon as you walk into Freddie Fitzsimmons's bowling center on Empire Boulevard, you are greeted by a table where a committee sits selling war bonds and stamps. Fitz's lanes also offer bowlers the opportunity to send a carton of cigarettes directly to any man in the service in the United States for just $1.16. If the recipient is serving overseas, the cost is but 66 cents per carton. A salute is due the popular Dodger coach for his cooperation in the war effort.
The Football Dodgers, 0-2 on the young season, depart for Detroit today to meet the Lions at Briggs Stadium on Sunday. Coach Mike Getto is convinced as the Grid Flock departs for the Motor City, that his boys have "a tremendous struggle ahead."
Al Jolson's radio stooge Parkyakarkus will have a girlfriend when the Jolson show opens its fall season tonight at 8:30 over WABC. The Greek dialect character portrayed by Boston's own Harry Einstein will be joined by "Shakyakarkus," played by Elaine Arden. A New Yorker by birth and a show business veteran since the age of three, Elaine adopted a Greek dialect character because no other woman comic was doing such a part.
(With that hokey moustache? YOU'RE TOO GOOD FOR HIM, HON!)
(You really can have a lot of fun around a gas station. Hey Scarlett, try the air compressor!)
(LIKE THE EXTREME CLOSE UP FOLKS? THE SCARS FROM THE FACE LIFT DON'T EVEN SHOW!)
("But your Dad's a boob! So long, kid -- America's NUMBER ONE HERO DOG is off to the FBI!")