Electronics: The Room-Size World

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Lyndon Johnson immediately grasped the significance and potential of Early Bird, the new communications satellite hovering 22,300 miles above the equator. Aware that the Russians were flooding European TV stations with films and pictures for the 20th anniversary of V-E day, the President acted swiftly last week to upstage them.;

In Washington, U.S.-network bigwigs were expecting to meet at the White House to complain about the President's increasing pre-emption of prime TV time on short notice. Instead of a meeting, Johnson produced a new short-notice request. As soon as possible, he...