Roving Eye

For television, it was a historic week. At the opening of the 80th Congress, the House of Representatives was televised for the first time. During interminable roll calls, television's great eye strayed about the House—catching children sitting still as Capitol mice on Representatives' laps, investigating the planetary glow of congressional baldpates.

In this one memorable broadcast, television proved that its window on history was almost as clear as the newsreel's, and far closer in time. Telecasters bragged that they would soon be opening their window on bigger & better sights; RCA President David Sarnoff announced that the 1948 presidential campaign would...

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