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Charles Van Doren, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Walter Lord

Tuesday, April 30, 1957

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Irita Van Doren introduces her nephew Charles Van Doren, one of the authors of "Lincoln's Commando." He goes on to discuss the romance and drama of the Civil War. He speaks of the strategies used by the North to win the war.

Next, Irita Van Doren introduces burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. Lee talks about her early years in show business with her mother and her lack of success in Hollywood. She describes how her work schedule came between her Mother's marriages. She describes being "stranded" in Bend, Oregon.

Finally, Van Doren introduces Walter Lord, author of "Day of Infamy" who discusses the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 5734

Hosted by:

Irita Taylor Van Doren

Contributors:

Gypsy Rose Lee, Walter Lord and Charles Lincoln Van Doren

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