This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Van Doren (who has lost her voice) introduces Mrs. Ogden Reid (Helen Rogers Reid, President of the Herald Tribune), who hosts the event. Raffle for books.
Reid introduces General Kenney, who talks briefly about the ribbons and medals on his uniform, debating politics, and command during WW2. Likely on the occasion of the publication of his book "General Kenney Reports."
Reid introduces Carl Carmer, who talks about writing about New York and his book "Dark Trees to the Wind."
Not included is the second speech, likely delivered by Lillian Smith. Also missing are the last portion of Kenney's speech and the last portion of Carmer's speech, due to a missing disc.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71213
Municipal archives id: LT3164
This is a machine-generated transcript. Text is unformatted and may contain errors.
They didn't let him. Will you an explanation. I woke up this morning. And I don't have them much more now than five moments Godwin Markham I don't want to get in. There with you to learn about it with actually you know that unfortunately when. I have been able to leave the best Chairman I know it's something to do with Maginnis in the end and with gratitude I can with nothing to lose I'm in need. I know a lot of blow that. Is even more of one with me in every cause I've been hoping even and no last few minutes that's the voice would come back when you know when the nurse caught keep MN that exists and when we were on our way over to the Astor I felt sure it was going to be all right so. I. Am completely unprepared. As of midnight and I am nearly going to pause on who you are the words that I read of and are and as with her usual. Prepared for you. It's been my good fortune usually to downgrade you and listen and I think there is no more talented gifted and making books come alive and the people who. Writes them for you then this editor of the looks department of the Herald Tribune over. We've been very proud of her work inside the home office as well as what she does for you on the outside but I feel that we make constructive service. From Boston general that she has made possible and I know that all of you are her friends and I'm just terribly sorry for your old well we'll get on with the program. I understand I'm supposed to introduce for you these guests of honor I'm named platforms at my right is Mr George Harrison the chairman of the board of the American Booksellers Association and manages Oh I beg your pardon. I'm taking it I've got the paper a very. I thought it looked strange I'm agreeing with kind Well we'll come this way then that mistake you'll have to stand up on. The first. And next to him is Mr William Sloan breads in the known associates publishers of Paul Thomas. And we'll skip over the next stage and them and the one after is the Stars one president of W.W. Norton Company Publishers of Lillian Smith. Then we'll go over here now to this other side and let's be deliberate good kind of sitting down there executive secretary of the management what's going on. With the guards Brockway an editor and. Orden been particularly concerned with Nellie and Smith got. Next to him is Mr trust here Spike president an editor at dual Sloan and here is tending to general kind of. And next to him is Mr Norman hordes general manager of William Sloan associates. And then Mr D. hold dual president of dual Sloan and peers publishers of general Canon general Cammie report he tells me that it was wrong and I hold to be and today we had General Kennedy's report Rupp's report to his report and it should have been general can a report. And then to make that correction for the paper and now the next procedure is the choosing of the winners for the three distinguished books that are here on the table and Mrs Cobb Harmer home I neglected on the left here is going to drop a card for the lucky women. This time or. You have you know you don't have to be blindfolded by thinking they can be looked at them you know. Only one of the. This is Mr or Mrs A short in Brooks and eight thirty three New York Avenue and she get this the car murders book dark trees to the wind. All of these books can be collected after the program is finished. Oh all right now. The next one is Miss Josephine Whelan one fifty six east of to east the fiftieth Street New York and she went in general can a report. Is going right to the bottom this time. Miss C.B.C. Woolsey I think it is one fifty East sixtieth Street. Who. Have really have missed the audience said book killers of the dream. I hope that I will live to attend a book an author luncheon when a man may win a book. And they tell me there that man can't come to these luncheons because they take too long but you know that the legend about three hours for lunch club that most men have when they transect business I'm sure their business would be a great place lengthened and stimulated is a change in the way I. Expose themselves to the authors of good books. And. I. Notice there is a man here. Now this is Mrs Bondar I'm talking to you from this point on and he says that it was at the very beginning of the war that General Marshall said to a member of the Herald Tribune that watch George canning Air Force he's going to be one of the important figures of the war. Until today I didn't know that he was opening with those words but I'm glad to tell you that I was that member of the staff that General Marshall made that statement too and I will have been interested. To Kill A from that they pour. And this general can a I arrived in Australia in July nineteen forty two he reported to General MacArthur and proceeded to organize into an affective fighting force the air unit the old graduate from the field in the Philippines it was a job that desperately needed doing and it wasn't easy the Japanese were in complete control of the air there were only ten serviceable fortresses and a handful of tigers to contest them more out had been shot to pieces the American officer personnel was full of dead wood and paper work fanatics. And worst of all from the point of view of the man in the South Pacific the decision had been made in Washington to fight the European War three. War in the Pacific would be just a holding engagement telling other war being one country when it was almost impossible to get planes or even plane parts man our supplies of any sort. And the Japanese were successfully pressing on island after Island the fallen they were in New Guinea Australia was strengthened. Quickly realizing that traditional airports methods would not work general can he began devising his own method. He protected the technique of bombing low altitude attacks on shipping and sold it with pilot who used it with devastating success he hauled it out of somewhere how he hauled out of somewhere in the United States three thousand forgotten parachute bomb which had been left over from pre-war experiments leads to the perfect weapon for blasting Japanese airdrome by low flying pilot. The parachute causing just enough delay in the delivery of the bomb to permit the pilot to get out of range of the explosion used incredible ingenuity to keep planes on organizing maintenance shops on the Byron line and putting every available mechanic on the job. With them supplies were not to be had from the United States all usable parts of claims of have been shot down were salvaged for a pair of other planes that could be saved even to ration cans were cut up for bullet holes. Guess who would pressure and when can they learn from a newspaper man the colonel didn't break with a New Guinea he sent for him and got him to teach a pilot how to operate their engines more economically. Their flying radius had been only four hundred miles under Lindbergh instruction it was increased to six hundred the most important of all was the change that General Kayani affected in the spirit and morale of the man working against heartbreaking odds in that area of the war he Some are conveyed to them his drive an enthusiasm his high coverage and his conviction that they could do the job that had to be done. His report out live on it is the record of how they did it I have a great honor of introducing View today the man who more than justifies unfolds you know General Marshall prediction and General MacArthur called one of the world's standing Arab League managers the air University and of the Strategic Air Command General George C. canning. Ring. Ladies. The General. You know just before I came up here I was being killed a little bit body. Your charming mistress a ceremony here about some ribbons that I had on my chest. Was sort of a insinuated that. Perhaps I could help out one of the ribbon counter you know give me a range short. So I'll let you know now on a little secret about the way you get. In World War one I had to go to a hospital at one time there to keep rates. Ran into this brain like Franks like that had not only written but had his medals on you know seven or eight I was quite a lot in those days. One day I said to him What did you do when the battle Verdon all by yourself to get all those decorations. And he said you know what I did a tour down in the Balkans and I did another tour in Italy and came France. And he said You see this very handsome one here and it went to this great big sunburst going the Montenegrins and given. And I said beyond he said well I was given that one by mistake and all the rest because I have had one. That well you really don't get a lot of people. I'm going to talk to today about the unification of the Armed Services. It's a matter that's in the public eye and I heard a lot of discussion of it on the radio and read a lot of a lot of the newspapers but the strange to say it is an accomplished fact we really have unification it's on the books. The lawmakers have made it a legal thing and we do have you know the case. There is no necessity for worrying about it I'm afraid is not a lot of published the litany of poor people people think there's a terrible quarrel going on and the safety of the country is in danger because of the harsh words being spoken by different members of the armed forces. Well I'd like to remind you of that that you have quarrels in families that don't necessarily result in divorce and you have a board of directors meetings and I think four of them are good but that doesn't wash with friends. In the same way that we have arguments among the three branches of the armed services and you really should be tickled to death that they do argue because imagine if. Some something like what's in the safety of the country came up and it will be some paper covering this thing was put on the table and these three representatives of the three armed services simply took one look at it and signed on the dotted line and pushed it off you'd be kind of worried about your knife the fact. They don't do that the subject is a serious subject it's worth arguing about and the longer they argue about it the more liable they are to come up with a good result which really means safety of the country so what you really better be thankful that we are all that we have a country that we can still be morally here our own opinions come to like the conclusion. Don't worry about this department of nice with a pencil are just working all right. During the war of necessity for a unified command with one man at the head of the land sea and air forces became a necessity that was pointed up by the terrible disaster that we suffered at Pearl Harbor. Under that whole system it was it was a matter of record nation with zones of primary responsibility assigned to the army in the making and unfortunately this primary responsibility used to shift every once in a while from one to the other depending on what the enemy did and they just simply wouldn't work you couldn't forecast what the enemy would do it was too much overlap in the functions and as soon as airplanes got into the picture things happened too fast to allow any system in which jurisdiction of disputes had to be referred all the way back to Washington for solutions. As Mary damage in the right moment of the Dentist be seen but captured in an Indian raid adopted but it's not a good price married Indian became a strong influence in the council the tried and trusted by both Indian and white he helped again and again War These are typical of many of the stories that are told in this book. I must speak of one more as Indian an indirect way has something to do with mystic armors like today Orson Fowler and his incredible camel a popular rides from Knology in England and America made a business of peeling the bumps on people's heads until New York State with octagonal How does lose merit he argues wide name. That's where this incident started this experiment for Mr and Mrs Karner live in an eighteen sixty PAGENAUD house in Irvington on hot glue constructed after the that's been supposed that Mrs Fowler and filled with a Nikon a special a wooden egos of the Federalists period the great Tiger to bring back the economy to you. To read ladies and gentlemen. There's a fellow from brothel. Decided to be a doctor and moved into the country. For he could get the peace and inspiration necessary and he got so he can sculpt a pretty good that's it. So he began exhibiting his that is not of things round about the book. But he never got no prizes and never even got snow out of a mention. So finally in despair. He took his works of art to an expert and said Time now what they say I've got a pretty good that but why don't i got no prizes why don't I get no honorable man of the experts looked at him and said The trouble with these things they ain't got no stock. So my friends. And I was sure you knew that he is alive and with the start of horrified of hearing you tell was during. One of the firemen and that he wanted a growing machine. And he grew in some of the bad most beautiful scenes you ever stop there lol was long and curly and they were well rounded and well developed. And he took him to the county fair is around about upstate New York and he exhibited them what he never got no pride. Not a new honest no honorable mention. And finally meet when he was an utter despair again do you want to up the palm of one judge any said Come. I said Now look my scheme for death was fat is those sheep that one member of revenue. There will was dust is long and curly again are just as well combed out as the sheep that one moment the Honorable Mention And why don't I get no prizes why don't I get no honorable mention I got looked at him and said. The trouble was emptied his. Brain God knows not. Now this is not only the story of my life. But that's the story of all our lot. Because. I have from years gone by lived in Alabama on the side to write about oh no. That's the thing I wanted monster and that included me most would stop it's not good I want to be insightful as a different man I want to have done. For years I have studied. Still I was one of the. Four years since then I have been studying stuff. And once in a while I get enough going for it as in the case of such a lovely introduction that I just got to think maybe. Maybe I'm getting some. I have written another book. About an extremely. I have tried to write about the art. As if it were a separate country as it is and about the tide within them. And dumped is important in the minds of the natives. And. We don't like to tell people about my book. Upstate we don't like to have people based in regional book you wouldn't say a book about England with a regional book which you know it has a universal appeal or that at least what I've been crying fo