The Press: San Francisco Spectacle

The United Nations Press Secretariat had handed out San Francisco credentials like tickets to a two-bit political clambake; accredited correspondents outnumbered delegates six to one. Legmen, pundits, gossip columnists, hatchetmen, trained seals and freaks—1,600 of them, all classified as newsmen—fought for seats in a press section big enough for 600.

Show Business. Newsmen and pseudo-newsmen who couldn't get into the conference sessions, or didn't want to, mobbed the Palace Hotel's Pied Piper bar, interviewing each other, exchanging rumors.

Walter Winchell breathlessly reported that Helen Hayes's cast in Harriet had been given poor hotel...

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