Show Business: No Tears for Mr. Thomas

Sooner or later in the course of This Is Your Life, it was bound to happen; some hero would come along and kick over the bucket of treacle. It happened last week. The scene: a sports banquet at Manhattan's Hotel Astor. When M.C. Ralph ("Happy") Edwards advanced on Correspondent and World Traveler Lowell Thomas with the familiar, savagely cheerful cry ("This is your life"), Thomas simply refused to play. An old hand at radio and TV himself, Thomas had guessed (like many subjects nowadays) that he had been chosen for the honor of having his life re-created as a half-hour soap...

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