INVESTIGATIONS: The Name Is Familiar

The Big-Name Fellow Traveler was a common figure of the 19405 who cheerfully threw his prestige behind party-line causes, then shouted in headline outrage when his motives were questioned. Largely because of hard-plugging congressional investigation, the Big-Name racket has all but petered out. Last week, in Manhattan, the House Committee on Un-American Activities heard some latter-day Big-Name testimony.

As its first star, the committee presented Artie Shaw, the widely read, widely wed (seven times) clarinetist and bandleader. Shaw flew in from a one-night stand in Little Rock, Ark., for a two-hour stand...

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