ORGANIZATIONS: Looking Backward

The voices quavered a little, but the singers still showed the old git-up-and-go spirit as they sang: "How d'ye do, Dr. Townsend, How d'ye do."

Dr. Francis E. Townsend, now 84 but determined as ever, nodded his white head in time to the tune and beamed at 2,000 faithful followers gathered in Detroit's big Masonic Temple auditorium. They were celebrating the 17th anniversary of The Plan—$200 a month for every man & woman over 60, who needs it.

Times had changed from those exhilarating days when The Plan was going to cure the depression and Dr. Townsend strode into Washington with...

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