The Press: Canaveral Revisited

In the tense hours before the first U.S. satellite took off for outer space, no missile-beat newsman was under greater strain than Major General Donald N. (for Norton) Yates, U.S.A.F., handsome, gregarious commander of Florida's Air Force Missile Test Center. For it was Meteorologist Yates, 48, who established the uniquely personal working relationship with Cape Canaveral newsmen which last week averted the ballyhoo and garbledy-gook that witlessly inflated the first Vanguard flop into a propaganda debacle for the U.S. As it turned out, last week's detailed, accurate coverage of the U.S. Army's satellite...

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