National Affairs: No. 2 Man

When Alan Valentine moved into Washington as Economic Stabilizer last fall, he told the press: "It doesn't matter what happens to Valentine—I'm expendable." Last week, just three months and two days later, Alan Valentine was expended (see above), establishing some sort of record.

Valentine's successor was already waiting in the wings. Energetic Eric Johnston had arranged a nine-month leave of absence from his job as chief of the Motion Picture Association of America (with the probability of further leave, if necessary), and put in a requisition for a Government desk close to Charlie Wilson's office in Washington's grubby old State Department building.


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