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A rather fractured day of news – this day, 63 years ago. With everything else going on in the world, it was learned that screen icon and Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart, Bogie to millions, died earlier this day after a battle with Esophageal cancer.
The news was tucked in there, sandwiched between the upcoming second Inaugural of Dwight Eisenhower. The outrage over the White House invitation to the Minister, Representative and Soviet Ambassador of the regime of Hungarian leader Janos Kadar who, as a conduit for Moscow became leader of Hungary and had much to do with the brutal quelling of the opposition. Listeners to the Fulton Lewis Jr. program were urged to contact the RNC and complain over their choice of guests to the Inaugural Ball and demand the invitation be withdrawn. Listeners were flooding the mail, not only to the Inaugural Committee but also to Fulton Lewis.
Also featured is news from Commentator Cedric Foster over the death earlier in the day of former Senator Charles “Curly” Brooks of Illinois, one of the more outspoken conservative members on Capitol Hill who was also a vehement opponent to our involvement in World War 2. Foster gives details of his early life and goes on to mention that Brooks was a close personal friend.
And the Middle East also factored into the news this day, with reports that the House Foreign Affairs Committee was hearing testimony over the Eisenhower Doctrine on aid to the Middle East. The testimony also got the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees involved, where Armed Services chairman Russell was quoted as favoring giving the President a free hand to use American troops to stop Communist aggression, but could not understand why the Arab states, with their huge oil revenues needed financial and economic aid. Secretary Dulles replied that the Russians might suddenly cut off the oil supply and complete anarchy would quickly follow. Dulles added the Administration would rather report any such case to the United Nations before committing United States troops.
But the real news – the news that came some 13 minutes into this set of broadcasts and plunged the world into sadness this day, was the report that Humphrey Bogart, had passed away at age 56 (later revised to 57). He was survived by his wife, Lauren Bacall and their two children. Fellow actor David Niven summed up Bogie as a “man of enormous bark and no bite”.
And that’s what went on this day – as viewed and reported by Fulton Lewis jr. and Cedric Foster for Mutual Broadcasting. on January 14, 1957.