THE ATOM: A Friendly Favor

For six months, President Truman had been unsuccessfully trying to land a man of stature as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. All the time, Connecticut's Senator Brien McMahon kept nudging the presidential ribs and pointing admiringly at McMahon's friend and former law partner, Gordon Dean. Last week Mr. Truman gave in to McMahon's rib-poking. The White House announced that friendly, freckled Gordon Dean, a member of AEC since May 1949, would be the new $17,500-a-year chief of the nation's billion-dollar atomic energy program.

As chairman of Congress' Joint Committee on...

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