Television: Boston Beacon

How does a man write a bestselling historical novel fit for a movie version? Before a Boston TV camera last week five nimble minds tossed ideas back and forth for such a book glorifying President Chester Alan Arthur, whose plain life left plenty of room for fictional embroidery. The object: to demonstrate "brainstorming" (TIME, Feb. 18), a technique of group creativity that joins a lot of brains into assault on a single problem or concept. The brainstormers—two professors, an inventor, a hospital director and Cartoonist Al Capp—also laid down some amusing spoofs, e.g., a Chinese friend comforts Arthur in a miserable...

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