Interview with Brig. Gen. Robert A. Hewitt

Sunday, February 07, 1960

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

Interview with Hewitt (misspelled in Municipal Archives catalog as Hielot), in charge of Nike Missile Unit defending New York City.

Frank Titus moderates.

Panelists: Jim Cardinal of Fordham Law School and Michael B. Law of the NYU Square Journal.


Names of each kind of missile and their specialties. The role of the Army in missile defense. Evaluation of Soviet Union's capabilities. Operation Home Town. Some sites in the city are on more advanced warnings than others. Communication with NASA. Establishing priorities.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 9245

Hosted by:

Frank Titus


James Cardinal, Robert A. Hewitt and Michael B. Wall


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