Radio & TV: He Went That-a-Way

Washington's "I Am an American Day" celebration went off smoothly this week without its two top guests of honor—President Truman and Hopalong Cassidy—even though it was postponed especially to ensure the presence of both (TIME, May 22). The celebration committee's chairman, Colonel Waldron Leonard, didn't blame the President. After all, Vice President Alben Barkley was ready & willing to appear as his standin.

But Washington and Colonel Leonard will be a long time forgiving Hopalong. "Everything was all set," says Leonard. "We had a telegram saying when Cassidy would arrive. Then comes this message...

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