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PBS host says career women are 'monsters,' September 9, 1958

PBS host offers views on American women



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Alistair Cooke: The career woman " is a monster ... the supreme escapist from the role of being a woman. I'm not talking about the working wife whose job supplements the family income. I think the difference in the two is in happiness. I never met a happy career woman."

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There are times when these old articles take my breath away -- and this is one of those times. In-cred-i-ble.

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Times columnist Gene Sherman (sorry, I previously credited Gene Blake) says this month's Better Mottoes Assn. winner is: "Are you working on the solution or are you part of the problem?"

The Army confirms that satellites will be used to photograph the Earth for "weather data." 
 
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Larry,you're guilty of a slip of the word processor; the column was written by Gene Sherman, not Gene Blake. I know you know the difference between the two, but for the sake of those who don't, Blake was on the Times at the time, 1958, but he was a first-rate reporter, not a columnist. For many years he covered big trials and wrote about legal matters in general. Perhaps he was best known for his series exposing the John Birch Society in the mid-Sixties, a piece that went a long way in changing the reputation of the Times and establishing it as a newspaper of excellence.

Macabre foot note: The esteemed Alistair Cooke's remains were snatched by a modern day ghoul, and sold part by part on the corpse black market.

Life and death in America are becomming too surreal for words.

Can't help but to wonder what Mr. Cooke would have said if he had known.


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