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A former newspaperman, magazine writer, editor, and teacher, VANCE PACKARD is the author of a number of controversial books, chief among them THE HIDDEN PERSUADERS, THE STATUS SEEKERS, and THE WASTE MAKERS. In the article which follows he discusses developments in the transmission of television which may lead to a dramatic improvement in the programs offered.
Author, traveler, and photographer, FREYA STARK has journeyed extensively in the Middle East. Her knowledge of the Arabic language and of the history of the region, combined with her understanding of the people, led the British government to give her a special assignment in the Middle East during World War II. A master of descriptive writing. Miss Stark was recently invited by the BBC to speak on style. Here is what she said.
STEFAN KANFER is the young author of an off-Broadway musical and several short stories and articles. The Yiddish theater is, literally, in his blood. His great-grandfather was in Abraham Goldfaden's first Yiddish theater troupe in Iasi, Romania, and his grandfather was the author of Yiddish plays produced in Europe and America.
After fifteen years and 125,000 miles of automobile racing, the British driver STIRLING MOSS announced his retirement from competition. While Moss was convalescing from the accident which caused his retirement, he spent many hours in conversation with his American friendKEN W. PURDY,himself an authority on automobiles and racing. Out of these conversations has come the story of Moss’s career,ALL BUT MY LIFE,from which the following article was taken. The book will be published by Dutton this fall.
WILLIAM BOUHRE formerly worked on the main copy desk of the New York DAILY NEWS. This is his first appearance in the pages of Accent on Living.
MARY DEAN is the nom de plume of two Cambridge, Massachusetts, ladies. One is a writer of fiction who graduated from Radcliffe; the other is an alumna of Bennington.
An Oxford don in economics at twenty-one, a member of the British Cabinet at thirty-one, and Leader of the Opposition at forty-six, the Right Honorable HAROLD WILSON took over the leadership of the British Labour Party a month after the death of Hugh Gaitskell. If, as many pollsters predict, Labour wins the next election, which will be held not later than October, 1964, he will be the youngest Prime Minister of England since William Pitt.
One of the world’s leading authorities on heart disease, DR. PAUL DUDLEY WHITE has been a cardiac specialist since 1913 and was a pioneer of electrocardiography. Upon graduation from Harvard Medical School, he went on a fellowship to University College Hospital Medical School in London to do research in his special field. He is one of the founders of the American Heart Association, and the author of several books.
A miners son, JORDON PECILE writes: “Like so many others in the coal region who graduated from high school in 1948 to find no jobs, I left my town to make a life where I could find work. I taught boxing in a settlement house in South Philadelphia and then, bored, hitchhiked across the country to load oranges in Pasadena.” A scholarship to Cornell brought him back East; a Fulbright took him to Florence‚ Italy, for a year; the navy sent him to the Antarctic and to Okinawa. Last year he taught English at Annapolis; he is now at Princeton on a fellowship, working for his Ph.D. in comparative literature.
The UAW is the most zestful of America’s big unions,” says A. H. RASKIN of the New York TIMES. “Most of its qualities of excitement have stemmed not from its strikes or even its Irailblazing exploits in collective bargaining, but from the caliber of its officialdom.”This article examines the dynamic thinking of Waller Reuther and his giant auto union.
A poet whose work has been appearing in the ATLANTIC over the last quarter century, EDWARD WEISMILLER was a Rhodes Scholar, took his master’s degree at Harvard and his doctorate at Oxford, and is now a professor of English at Pomona College, Claremont, California. He and his wife (also an ATLANTIC contributor) have five children. He has published two collections of poems; his first work of fiction, THE SERPENT SLEEPING, a serious novel on the theme of treason, was brought out recently by Putnam’s.
WILLIAM HUMPHREY was born in Clarksville, Texas, in 1924. His first book THE LAST HUSBAND AND OTHER STORIES, WQS published in 1953; five years later, his novel, HOME FROM THE HILL, which appeared under the Knopf imprint, received wide critical acclaim. Mr. Humphrey is now living in Europe.