Radio: Inside Elmer

In Chicago, Elmer the Elephant is a pretty important TV personality. Elmer is a sort of Howdah Doody, but he is also only a bag of cloth until somebody gets inside to manipulate him into action. He was doing all right, too, until NBC decided to insert an actor in Elmer instead of a stagehand. The stagehands charged that NBC was unfair. Says William Rodriguez, attorney for Local 2, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees: "For 100 years the stagehands have done the type of thing that is represented by Elmer the Elephant . . . And now these folks...

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