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[Applause] isn’t that Lake Washington yes the battling senator back home to stay hello there Blake how about the defeated senator from home to lick his ball play off a mallet what do you say we bury the hatchet Blake now that the elections over say the voters didn’t seem to fall for that model of yours did they the People’s Choice this election is over but remember there’s another one in two years right here what happened I just said a low to a campaign manager happy birthday Blake oh you had a birthday last week fella happy birthday oh yeah thanks how’d you remember that Leo I haven’t forgotten a thing since I took that memory cards three years ago don’t you ever take em over a pause when I was in high school I just couldn’t remember a thing so I figured if I was to get anywhere I’d have to remember things not when people here in Fairfax want a cab the first one they call him is me because they remember I remember things like their birthdays or favorite color McFarland fact I’ve just got a new paint job so I see well John McFarland’s really dressing it up it looks real good probably celebrating his sons being elected state senator like I wouldn’t worry about not being reelected if I were you well politics is the funny thing sometimes the voters like and sometimes they don’t but they tore down all those posters to give him that clip on the chin far just to let him know how I feel about his campaign tactics campaign tactics sure the people who are hoodwinked into voting for Bob McFarland I don’t know I need to call his hoodwink what are you waiting I bought it for him

that might be a little advanced for you but I’m sure your brother will like to run up and get you sewing basket now showing about I’m sure you can sew it without a crooked needle besides you’ll have plenty of time break won’t be home until next week don’t be too sure mother your mother when you’re coming home you know I was a prize as always surprised but I have one for you well the flowers are lovely place that’s an organ for Janice we’re going dancing tonight keep it fresh for you I’ll put it in the refrigerator he has no name you’ll have to name it hello Lake you back in town to stay hello Jimmy yes I’m back to stay well that’s politics let’s sit down shall we’d like you want to Janice yes all right hello Blake how are you hello Gloria suppose we have to okay hey your hair looks different what you done that’s a new dress isn’t it Janice you look wonderful it’s about time you noticed me you’ve been so busy saying hello to all your old friends you haven’t had a minute for me Oh fine lot of friends you’re imagining things they’re all glad to see you they’re glad to see me defeated there’ll be another election mr. Haskins wants to see you personally now deadly I want four pork chops Brown slightly over the fire then put them in the oven for 15 minutes and take them back out dust them slightly with pepper sugar and garlic salt then back on with a fire for five minutes to get that and cherry pie ala mode for dessert no salad of course but let me fix my own dressing right mr. Haskins Blake Mike Thank You snake why’d you tell my guy when you get back into town how are you Janet are you trying to do keep your homecoming a secret now don’t you start – all right start what oh nothing it’s good to see you boy when you come back to work I’ll be down Monday morning cliff hasn’t done a lick of work since he knew you were coming back he’s waited a long time for his trip out west yeah every summer I worked for The Herald uncle cliff threatened to skip out and leave me with a paper you know it’s gonna be like our College daily Blake was the editor I was a freshman reporter we used to call him boss how’s the school fine still the third grade really Betty stay away our senator no need to go into one of your long-winded speeches now look here dot you two seem to be in a gay mood to save me why not we’re celebrating live how about a news item honest were married seven years today seven years Betty sure Janice don’t you remember we got engaged the same week you and Blake did come over and see us marriage is a wonderful

thing let’s go Blake bar these people don’t bother me they do me alright you’re not really going here’s a slim I’ll see you Monday at the office sorry we’re not easy but you’re eating zerk I most certainly am didn’t realize it’s been seven years yes it has five years in the Army in two years at the state capital I guess it’s a pretty long time for a girl to wait for a fella yes why don’t you drive my car home I won’t need a tomorrow it’s Sunday no thanks I don’t my book well I think we better plan on getting married right away I’m not sure I want to marry you Blake chatters what are you why I think perhaps it’s because I don’t like being taken for granted you expect me to be waiting here patiently for you and marry you when you’re ready you know what I’ve been trying to accomplish before we got married things haven’t worked out for us before yes I know I expected to be re-elected we could have married and settled out in Capitol City I worked hard as Senator because I happen to step on some toes they kicked me out the voters don’t seem to realize they kicked out the man who has their best interests at heart getting into fists bike on a Senate floor isn’t the way to get things done I may have done it the wrong way but all the things I was working for up there I can still do don’t you see just because I wasn’t really keyed isn’t gonna stop me I think I know what the people want and I can fight for them just as well being editor of The Herald like there isn’t a person in the world who knows better than I do how sincere you are and I know you’re gonna do great things with the paper I don’t have faith in me and let me do things my way will you trust me of course I’ll trust you like I know I haven’t mentioned it in the last five minutes but I love you finish your milk Amy if you want all your teeth to grow on the table call around good you like him kitty oh yeah see just didn’t want it well now he’s your pet Katie so it’s up to you to take care of it see that you feed it before you go off to school I’m starting tomorrow you feed him now leave leg she’s my teacher oh yeah say hello hey come back here all right drink your coffee Blake so you wake up well when your wife complains about – really the paper at the table you’ll have a perfectly good excuse what’s that mother as editor of the paper it’s part of your job to see what the Morning Edition looks like did you see Jamis last night mother if any of you are inquiring neighbors ask you just say that Janice and I are going to be married almost immediately Oh Blake I’m so happy for you that I almost be like crying oh no mother I’ll save it for the wedding we have just as many factories in this part of the country we do mother you know if the McFarland plant dumps any refuse into the White River Oh God I haven’t the faintest idea be interesting to find out very interesting

good morning miss tasker’s Springer’s auto-supply called twice they wanted someone to pick up the cuts were Thursday and I told him you would do it too mr. Haskins I’m a reporter not an errand boy what’s the matter with Erwin he went down to Sears to see about a double-page where their monthly sales mr. Haskins okay I’ll do it how long do you have to work around here before you stop calling me mr. Haskins I always treat men with respect then they treat me with respect mr. Haskins is that a proven theory or something you’re just trying out mr. Blake Washburn is looking for you he asked for you two hours ago what’s he doing here this early doesn’t he know we don’t wake up until afternoon around here he was here at nine o’clock are you still keeping company with that you were day yes I am mr. Haskins just asking morning they’ve been in there long the old boy just got here he’s been saying is goodbye oh wait until I get through them you promised me for my boy Connor I’ll write that out for you I got a fine don’t worry uncle cliff I’ll answer those letters right away Blake I’m not going to give you a lecture on running a newspaper and I can’t put more than four words together it makes sense are you always manage to make yourself understood oh you mean writing editorials yeah well that I can do but making speeches always did scare the daylights out of me so don’t expect me to make a speech I won’t just one thing there’s always a lot of joking about all I know is what I read in the papers the flake that’s no joke people really believe what they read I know in this country the people expect to read the truth see if they get it and how well I prefer and thanks for everything no no thank you for this trip I’m able to take now try not to send push hi thanks thanks a lot back in cliff don’t stay away too long don’t worry goodbye Bernie goodbye mr. Washburn have a good trip thank you thank you you’re very slim bye sir and thank all of you for this wonderful present come on huggy bye cliff have fun morning boss hello slim I’ve got something to go to work on yeah I’m gonna crack down on the McFarland Factory you are yeah a pollution of the river water now wait a minute Blake I just let me do this my way will ya you know the boys out there sure I know Andy Butterworth he’s formerly the chemical plant he’s our man we’ll drive out this afternoon and get the facts from it just something you cooked up with uncle cliff no I didn’t mention it to him ask iris to come in with you Pyrus box want you get you started on extreme pollution it’s a problem all over the country factories dump their waste and acids into fresh water something that should be controlled there is Andy hello Andy well how are

you slim Andy I’d like you to meet Blake Washburn Blake this is Andy Butterworth hello Andy how do you do oh you’re the new editor that’s right how are the kids fine fine I got another one since I saw you last they have five now well those gray hairs are deceiving Andy I’d like to ask you a few questions do you mind no no go ahead well off the record we won’t quote you how much refuse and acid does the plant dumped in the river kwai none the factory’s right on the river you must dump some know the solvents are burned in the incinerator and the acids are diluted and going down to the sewage treatment plant what goes in the river nothing I know because it’s my job to see that the disposal rules are carried out isn’t there anything thrown on the river not a thing is that what you wanted to know yes that’s what I wanted to know thanks very much Andy give my best to Virginia with you yeah sure thing well goodbye not easy we better get back we got a paper to get out what was the idea I made a mistake no I’m done you feel you must have a crusade my readers ought to be informed about the things business interests get away with you mean John McFarlane how do you suppose his son got elected an idea the voters had something to do with it they’ll soon discover the mistake because I’m gonna tell them without little one-horse paper Uncle cliff wouldn’t like to hear you call it that the herald hasn’t grown up with a town who say it’ll help circulation don’t you think we ought to be a bigger newspaper sure I’m all for that then maybe I’d get a raise but let’s not go off half-cocked huh what do you say boys what does LEM tell you I told him about a class going on the adding he said he would write it up if I gave him the names of our pupils don’t worry Lake Hotel his prison what was that all about well Janice is taking her whole third grade for an outing next week to look at the ground the ground well you know rocks sand and blossoms the things that make us all study when were h’s oh I won’t find many blossoms this time here well I think it’s to show them where the blossoms were last year and where they’re going to be next year anywhere they’ll be rocks I’m glad the Herald’s running an article about it that should increase the circulation well there’ll be 25 children’s names and all their relatives will want papers to see their names in printing your uncle cliff always said your dear father names make you it takes more than that to make a newspaper grow it is a crusade about something important something big yeah I heard about it on the radio this morning that’s an awful lot of money for one company to make yeah wish I had some of it that’s what cost you’re high cost of living some people sure have it easy making all that dope it gets all those profits that’s what I’d like to know I wish somebody had tell me I work for one of them big office that’s more money than any of us will ever see Bernie Winne of the item about Metro manufacturing come in morning Blake why first thing I just put it in the window the teletypes in your office Thanks Burnie skp for a complete text on the Metro manufacturing item okay well can save me the age column head I always get me a piece

still hammering away at the same subject I suppose you know what you’re doing of course I do I’m printing a newspaper and giving the people what they want to read Slims see what you can find out about the companies in this state Fairfax Valley power tri-state cement the following lawyers get the information on as many as you can you know start on them are you yes I am you know circulation is up 500 copies yeah I know well I don’t know what the rest of you are gonna do but I’m going to a tea volition editors got the right idea he used to be state senator to think that’s right too bad he wasn’t really he could do a lot of good up there I think I’ll write him a letter and telling me how to run it yes these are the personal letters mr Washington thank you ours getting a lot of letters from your readers lately honcho boss yes how’s that bowling with a few the fellas last night they were discussing this attack you’re making on business profits was very interesting to hear their opinions and they asked me a couple of questions about why you were doing it but I couldn’t answer them I really don’t know we go or we’ll be news it’s the names of all pupils all these names you must bring everyone it’s important is it I promised them their names would be in the Haledon it’s got to be I gave my word why don’t you I collect the ten cents for each name Katie I’m gonna give it to the Red Cross all right it’ll be in tomorrow morning thanks Blake you’re a nice brother I have to go now pass me by Katie

[Laughter] how about it blake town has a lot of confidence in here but they’d like to see you take a little easy so would i concentrate more on local news stop going off in all directions here’s some local news why don’t you write that article okay boss mr. ken luck I’ve got a news item about the 3rd grade in Lincoln grammar school do you think you’ll have room for it good evening slave you still here I’m the babysitter we never went to press leg it’s one o’clock is it you were going to meet me at Kay’s diner at 11:30 oh I’m sorry forgive me of course you’re forgiven how about some coffee that’ll be ready about now piping hot this one’s with the sugar lake tell me honestly are you just using this paper to get yourself back in the state Senate yes I am that’s why you’ve been doing all this crusading to get to the people who might someday vote for you what’s wrong with trying to get votes you said you were going to do some good with the paper you asked me to have faith in you while you did it I didn’t know you were going to trick your readers than devoting you back into the Senate to trick them but I’ve been sincere about everything I’ve printed in The Herald because I have been the people want me back in Capitol City you are not being very honest with yourself you really want to show them you can come back after your defeat don’t you the people are with me don’t you realize you with a victim of a mistake in the first place you came home our most decorated war hero and on that popularity you were elected state senator you were the victim of a mistake why do you say that I heard the voters I heard them talking before the last election they realized their mistake that’s why they went to the polls and deliberately voted you out I don’t believe that it’s about time you did you’re a trained newspaperman and can be a good one so stop trying to be a politician something you’re not suited for but I’ve been doing all this for us don’t you want to marry a guy who’ll amount to something I want to marry the boy I used to know not this fella you’re being now what he’s doing isn’t the sort of thing I want to be a part of I’m going home good night Sam good night Janice I think this papers gone overboard taking tracks at our company what do you mean our company why don’t you do something for that sour stomach of yours treat us all right don’t they all pipe down stop the foot of the hill I’ll put that song back why bother and nobody coming up get a copper hill [Applause]

morning iris what are you gonna get rid of that truck driver boyfriend of yours he’s not a truck driver he owns four delivery trucks and he doesn’t drive them he’s the boss and I’m not going to get rid of him I’m going to marry him congratulate him for me it’s kids me I have to take letters to mr. Washburn I’ll do it for you morning some more letters from your constituents senator look slim lay off the cracks egg a little tiresome aren’t you a little touchy this morning yes so he’s gonna criticize newspapers where they work for one who’s criticizing newspapers they stand or fall on their own merits it’s you I’m just going after fax and printing them I can’t anyone out for some facts about the McFarland Factory I didn’t find out anything you found out the factory was not polluting the river that was commendable you didn’t print that I’d like to speak with you mr. Washington but if you two are busy I can come back later mr. MacFarland John McFarland may I come in oh yes thank you thought I’d come down have a little talk about something we’re both interested in what’s that the subject of your editorials how’s your tobacco holding out fine sir here you’re welcome to it thank you you’re slim Haskins aren’t you that’s right we have a draft from a girl our shop talks a great deal about you Dickerman yeah we were in the same CB outfit uh-huh I suppose you’ve come to talk about your son the senator no I didn’t I’m not too concerned about him you’ll take care of himself but I’ve been following your editorials very closely now I know it’s the duty of a newspaper to print the news because companies like Metro tri-state from the Fowler motors they are news of course they are especially their profits that’s right and I’m interested in profits both for myself and the customer my main reason for coming here was to see if I could perhaps interest you in printing something about a pet theory I have I call it profits to the customer what do you mean well as I say it’s my own private little pet theory it’s very simple not very complicated you see I’m not an economist I’m just a businessman I have to make a profit to stay in business sure we all know that I make a profit on every electric motor I sell but the customer must make a larger profit because if he doesn’t he won’t buy my motors and I’m out of business the customer must make a profit that’s right would you like to try my mixture oh thank you sir yes the customer must make a profit for example you have some typesetting machines out there the manufacturer who sold them made a profit on them but your paper would never bought them in the first place if they couldn’t deliver something beyond their original cost they must continue to work for your paper to be worth more to you than you paid for them as a customer that’s your profit my profit yes you sell your newspaper to a man for five cents he gets news and participants and all kinds of information for his home and business he gets service beyond the value of his five cents as a customer that’s his profit it’s the same story with everything else lightbomb the refrigerator the telephone for this we pay a few dollars a month our profits are enormous in steps alone in case of an emergency its value can’t be estimated that’s a different slant from what we’ve been printing as you say that’s just a theory but you can’t deny that you are big business in your editorials you’ve been insisting that because a thing is big it’s bad it takes bigness to do big things our industries turned out equipment for our armed forces in a remarkably short space of time it was a big job and it was well done helped us to win the war and preserve our country that’s what American industry with its bigness was able to accomplish was that bad Blake the last 50 years we’ve come a long way used to take a week to get a letter across the United States now we do it in one day the difference in time alone could affect the happiness of a family might even mean a matter of life and death in my time I’ve seen advances in industry that a very 20 years to the ad which span of life my father died in the old country at the age of 40 an old man his work was absolute drudgery slavery on his own farm from 5 o’clock in the morning to later o’clock at night but because I live in America I feel like a young man

and I’ll be 65 in April mr. McFarlane your tobacco makes mighty fine smoking why are you telling me all this well I thought perhaps you might be interested in both sides of this profit question print something else for a change mr. MacFarland I don’t tell you how to run your plant so please don’t tell me how to run my paper I’ll print my own conception of business profits good day sir well I just thought I’d come in and talk which I have remember Blake when this country was first discovered there was nothing here now look around you everything you see is profits our transportation communication household appliances medical equipment notice them sometimes like they’re the real prophets [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] I’m gonna be usable directional bowl some dogs are also smart boy rats too little to be prospecting for gold okay I’ll bring them out to you here what’s this I’m quitting that makes it official a lesson slim just because we took a couple of Punk’s a tea doesn’t it I just can’t stay here and watch my best friend make a fool of himself okay you’re being the fool hello Katie where where are you hey Capri Hill please please hurry all right Janice I’ll be right there slim drive me out to copper Hill something’s happen Acadie what she didn’t say

new highway through the pass the bulldozer there 103 m to control one control one two wild three M Roger control one to 108 m contact bulldozers are working in pass it south into town need a doctor right away suggest nearest one is dr. Johnson at McFarland factory on contact dr. Johnson immediately Blake’s little sisters under the cave-in is there anything you want you need two men from the factory thanks very much much we find the police have already sent for some equipment doctor would you stand by please course there’s father dr. Johnson what’s the data what are they doing it’s a matter of clearing away the front of the opening and we’ll get to her please stay here doctor do you think [Applause] [Applause] better turn it around and back in [Applause] [Applause]

HP’s alive this is Washington but I must make a thorough examination right away take her in the ambulance please careful tell not to leave the operation must be performed within two hours or it’ll be fatal dr. Johnson wants to know if you can be ready in two hours yes sir I’ll tell him dr. Lee we’ll be ready in two hours can we get the key to the capital city in two hours yes yes we’ll take my plane come on tell dr. Lee will be there we’re starting now thank you come on let’s get going mr. dr. Johnson dr. Johnson I need a resuscitator at the airport right away thank you each 8:01 take straight in approach runway 11 on beach 8:01 Rico I’ve

actually to south end of field where ambulance is waiting Katy’s fine mrs. Washburn she’s going to be alright may we see adaptive I’m sure it’s all right she’s asleep but you’ll wake up any moment we’ve taken her to a room on the floor below this way you please that’s really good news doctor no toll this is doctor leave perform the operation howdy-do to mr. John McFarland mrs. Blake Washburn little girl’s brother mr. Washburn your sisters okay it was lucky you were able to get here in time Thank You dr. Lee thank you oh well one of my mother’s its MacFarlane murdered thanks again dr. Lee yes thank you rain again you’ve been threatening rain for three days new weatherman is a pessimist your front page ready here it is hello slam Ken Lay KB still doing all right yeah she’s fine I just talked with mother in capital city that’s good news thanks slim for helping to save Katie a lot of things helped save her life yes I know ken what are you running my column well nothing hold it I’ve got something I want to say no printing facts no slim seven hours ago John McFarlane came in here with a pet theory I didn’t think was worth printing dear is that funny ways of becoming [ __ ] you’re looking for your letter of resignation I’m typing on the back of it okay boss I heard you laugh like that a long time Janice how would you like to marry a guy I was glad to be editor at the fair back gerald

like they write you gotta learn to keep out of private offices you’ve caused enough trouble one day