Chester Bowles, A.C. Spectorsky, and Guthrie McClintic

Tuesday, November 22, 1955

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Irita Van Doren opens the luncheon with a drawing for autographed books. She then introduces Chester Bowles, author of "The New Dimensions of Peace." He speaks about our relations with Asia and Africa and contrasts those relationships with the US relationship to Europe after the second world war.

Next, A.C. Spectorsky is introduced. Author of "The Exurbanites," speaks humorously about a class of New Yorkers who have left the city for the suburbs.

Finally, Guthrie McClintic discusses his acting career.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71258
Municipal archives id: LT6939

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Chester Bowles, Guthrie McClintic and A. C. Spectorsky


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