I am an American Day

Sunday, May 23, 1965

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

Begins without introduction.

First speaker introduces chairman of I am an American Day, Colonel C. Michael Hall. He gives a brief talk about patriotism and freedom, then introduces Robert Alden. Tells some racially insensitive jokes. His set ends a little abruptly, Colonel C. Michael Hall returns to the mic to introduce some veterans of the Vietnam war, including the next speaker, Major Young.

Next, Mayor Wagner speaks, he honors newly naturalized citizens and voters. He discusses what it means to be an American, and contrast it to the tyranny of some of the home nations of the assembled crowd. He reminds the audience that any citizen can contact the mayor by writing letters to his office. He also reminds them of voting rights.

Rabbi Herbert Goldstein speaks.

[Goldstein's talk ended abruptly at the end of Reel 1, Reel 2 opens with different speaker]

Bethel Leslie, an actress who appears in the Broadway hit "Catch Me If you Can," who introduces Neil Sedaka. He performs a piano instrumental, then sings.

Bethel Leslie then introduces performers from Radio City Music Hall.

Ends abruptly.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71818
Municipal archives id: T1146


Bethel Leslie, Sanitation Department Band, Neil Sedaka and Robert F. Wagner


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

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