THE ADMINISTRATION: The Unassuming American

Bent slightly forward on his aluminum crutches, lanky (6 ft. 4½ in.) Secretary of State Christian Archibald Herter, 65, walked slowly down the aisle of the State Department auditorium one day last week for his ninth press conference. As he reached the lectern, the beetle-browed Secretary put aside his crutches (arthritis), leaned against the edge of a stool and faced 50 newsmen. In a precisely timed half-hour, they asked 39 questions ranging across U.S. policy from the Communist threat in Cuba (see HEMISPHERE) to highly technical details of East-West nuclear test-ban negotiations in Geneva, to the likely impact...

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