The other Atomic Energy Commissioners were astonished when they heard the rumor. Iowa's Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper, the erratic sparkplug of last summer's investigation of AEC's "incredible mismanagement," was threatening to hold up the renomination of AEC's acting chairman, a white-shocked, plain-talking New England Republican named Sumner Pike. Apparently, Hickenlooper's pique at former Chairman David Lilienthal extended also to Pike, as the last member of the original Lilienthal commission.

Princeton Physicist Henry D. Smyth (rhymes with blithe), author of the Smyth Report and now an AECommissioner, hustled up to the Capitol to explain that chairmanless AEC was already having trouble...

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