Thursday, January 16, 1969
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Opens with room chatter.
Press conference with George Foreman, Olympic gold medalist and a graduate of the Job Corp. He is setting of on a tour of the United States through the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, DC.
Questions from reporters follow. Foreman explains why he chose to raise the American flag rather than a clenched fist during the medal ceremony (a reference to sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos). He says he was proud to be part of the team, and proud of the American flag. Mayor John Lindsay says that Foreman is better at fielding questions than he is. Foreman says that no other athletes criticized his choice to display the American flag.
Foreman says that he is planning to become a professional boxer.
An announcement is made regarding the upcoming City Hall reception for the Jets on January 22.
Foreman departs and the regularly scheduled press conference proceeds. Mayor Lindsay comments on a New York Times report that a federal audit found the Human Resources Administration in fiscally irresponsible and should not be in charge of funds. After stating his support for Dr. Ginsburg, he notes that "we need perspective" and calls the report in the NY Times "imbalanced" and "deceptive." He then refuses to answer further questions on the topic, however questions continue. He denies claims that city jobs have been the result of patronage.
He talks at length about the Office of Educational Opportunity's funding of the Human Resources Administration and the fight on poverty and unemployment (as high as 30% in some areas). He mentions a new grant for the Neighborhood Youth Corp.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 72180
Municipal archives id: T4196