People, Jan. 18, 1954

Names make news. Last week, these names made this news:

In Baltimore, Iconoclast H. L. Mencken, 73, startled an interviewer with some relatively kindly comments on things in general. As he puffed on a long cigar and sipped some Canadian ale, Mencken conceded that Dwight Eisenhower is not a bad President. A "better-than-average President," said Mencken, and doing well "for a general." All this was a sign to his friends that Mencken, who has denounced every U.S. President since Teddy Roosevelt, is mellowing. Only once did Mencken unleash a hearty blast. General Douglas MacArthur,...

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