THE ADMINISTRATION: Hail & Fancy Farewell

Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson last week told newsmen that he was working as hard as he ever had in his life on the selection of a successor to Air Force Secretary Harold Talbott, who resigned, umbrellaless, under an active cloud (TIME, Aug. 1 et seq.). The new man, said Wilson, had to have "financial and mechanical experience." He had to be tightlipped, noncontroversial and acceptable to the Senate; and it would help if he knew something about politics, the Pentagon, the aerial weapons of the future, and had "sat next to...

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