Television: Meeting in Space

To mark the anniversary of the first Telstar broadcast, CBS last week presented Town Meeting of the World, bouncing the faces and voices of Dwight Eisenhower, Anthony Eden, Jean Monnet and Heinrich von Brentano off the orbiting Telstar II. Ike was in Denver, Eden in London, Monnet in Brussels, Brentano in Bonn. Anchor Man Walter Cronkite was in New York.

Nothing was said that should be written in marble, but it really was a kind of town meeting. International problems, from food surpluses to Sino-Soviet relations, were talked over in an offhand, idiomatic...

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