Visions of Lecture Lucre

Orators assemble in Washington to hear and be heard

EX-CIA Director William Colby took the podium to defend the need for covert actions. Joan Mondale, wife of the former Vice President, made the case for government funding for art. Former Representative Shirley Chisholm attacked Reagan Administration cutbacks in social programs.

The 154th annual convention of the International Platform Association, established by Statesman-Orator Daniel Webster to disseminate culture to outlying states and distract them from rebellion, was off and droning. Last week nearly 800 speakers, would-be speakers, booking agents, college program directors and even a few plain old listeners assembled for the I.P.A. gathering at Washington's plush Mayflower Hotel. The 40...

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