Television: Testing, One, Two, Three . . .

When Fred Friendly has a headache, he thinks the whole world is in pain. Friendly, who is president of CBS News, got a ticket for speeding, and as punishment was directed to take a New York State driving test. He passed it, but he thought the rest of the country ought to take it too. Last May he arrested 30 million Americans on CBS's National Drivers Test.

The test not only rated, it educated. Putting the audience in the driver's seat, it dramatized highway dilemmas, posed questions ("Pumping the brakes shortens the stopping distance. True or false?"), then gave answers. The...

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