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CURTIS CATE, who represents the ATLANTIC in Paris, served with the American Army in Czechoslovakia at the end of the Second World War. Last June he returned to Prague for the first time since 1945. Here is what he saw and heard.
DAVID BRINKLEY, who reports from Washington each weekday night to the millions who follow NBC-TV‘s ITLN rLEY-BRINKLEY REPORT, broke into journalism in his hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina, as a seventeenyear-old high school columnist for a relative‘s weekly. Except for an interlude in the U. S. Infantry, Mr. Brinkley, now forty-four, has been reporting ever since. He is one of the relatively few electronic journalists who writes all his own lines. In addition, he is a talented woodworker, a silently dangerous poker player, a sage handicapper of thoroughbreds, and generously inaccurate at pocket billiards.
As a prelude to becoming a superb fighting general and an ambassador to France, JAMES M. GAVINpicked coal and sold papers for a living in the Pennsylvania mining towns, enlisted in the between-wars regular Army, got into West Point without a high school education, learned to fly, and then helped to pioneer in the development of the airborne infantry. Now, at fifty-seven, he is chairman of the board of Arthur D. Little, Inc., one of the country‘s most versatile research corporations.
The associate editor of the ATLANTIC, whose lead essay in our Accent on Living has prompted many a reader to turn first to that department, CHARLES W. MORTON here describes an innocent venture in magazine publishing.
Economist, educator, editor, and author of several books, including THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY, JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH was a key figure in the presidential campaigns of Adlai E. Stevenson and John F. Kennedy. A firm believer in the practical interplay of economics and politics, Mr. Galbraith is also a strong exponent of candor on public questions. He has held a variety of posts in government, and from 1961 to 1963, he was United States ambassador to India, a post which gave him new perspective on the premises underlying our foreign policy.
After twenty-one years of absence from Puka-Puka in the Cook Islands, JOHNNY FRISBIE returned to her native land. There she explored the old homesites and spoke with the ancient men whom her father, the author Robert Dean Frisbie, used as characters in his novels. There she saw again Mama Tala.
Since it was founded in 1893. the Henry Street Settlement has served the children and the young people of New York‘s Lower East Side, helping them to cope ivilh disease, filth, overcrowding, gang warfare, and other problems arising out of poverty and unemployment. In the last decade, drug addiction among teen-agers has been an ever more serious concern. The article which follows has been drawn from THE ADDICT IN THE STREET,a book of interviews with heroin addicts edited by JEREMY LARNERand shortly to be published by Grove Press. Mr. Larner is the author of DRIVE, HE SAID,a novel that won the $10,000 Delta Prize.
An American by birth, Marguerite Chapin Caetani, during her life in Paris and Rome, became one of the great patrons of letters and the editor of two famous periodicals published at her own expense, COMMERCEand BOTTEOHE OSCURE.We are happy to publish this memorial portrait written by her intimate friend the biographer IRIS ORIGO,author of LEOPARDI, THE MERCH YNT OF PRATO, THE WORLD OF SAN BERNARDINO,and THE LAST ATTACHMENT,a brilliant account of Byron‘s love affair with Countess Guiccioli.
A graduate of the University of Denver, WYMOND J. EHRENKROOKbegan leaching social studies and mathematics in Denver in 1937, and four years later became assistant principal at East High School. After three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Corps during the war, he returned to East High School, serving in a variety of administrative posts. He is now executive director of the division of instructional services for the Denver secondary public schools.
There is every evidence of an increasing interest in ATLANTIC poetry. As an incentive for writers yet unestablished, twice a year we set aside a number of pages in the ATLANTIC to be devoted to the work of young poets.