The Presidential plane Columbine hummed northward from Bermuda, high over the Atlantic. In his midships cabin, Dwight Eisenhower sat at his desk, making final corrections and checks on the speech he would give, later in the afternoon, before the U.N.'s General Assembly (TIME, Dec. 14). As the President finished each page, he handed it across the aisle to Ann Whitman, his private secretary, who sat before a special I.B.M. electric typewriter equipped with jumbo type. As Mrs. Whitman finished the final proofed copy of the speech, she passed it on to Mary...

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