Nation: The Undelivered Speech

John Gardner, Republican, educator, once Health, Education and Welfare Secretary in a Democratic Administration, now chairman of the National Urban Coalition, had undertaken to speak about urban affairs. His forum: the Illinois Constitutional Convention, which is considering a new instrument of government for the state. But as the speech date approached, he decided instead to deal with the hotter subject of the nation's perils and potentials. When the convention president, Samuel Witwer, got an advance look at Gardner's speech, he invited his guest to substitute the address originally scheduled or cancel the...

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