Radio: Spiderlegs & History

"In 1923 . . . when I danced with the wife of the mayor of Fairbanks . . . she clapped me on the shoulder and exclaimed, 'Boy, you're some spieler!' " Still coming over loud & clear, radio's aging (72), clip-voiced Commentator H. V. Kaltenborn went after the reading public last week with his autobiographical Fifty Fabulous Years (Putnam; $3.50).

Milwaukee-born Hans ("Dean of Radio Commentators") von Kaltenborn went into radio in the breathless, carbon-mike '20s. In the course of his news gathering, he had an opportunity to rub elbows and knock heads...

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