Week of August 1, 1959
President Eisenhower announces that he and Soviet Premier Khrushchev will
exchange official visits this fall with Khrushchev coming to the United States first.
Vice President Nixon
returns to Moscow after three days
in Siberia and makes a television speech to the Russian
Unprecedented speech - Vice President Richard Nixon in
an address to the Russian people over Soviet radio and
TV, challenges communism to stay within its own
boundaries and to rid itself of the iron curtain and
communicate freely over the rest of the world.
Answer to Nixon - NBC takes steps to offer Soviet Premier
Khrushchev equal time on its network after Vice President Nixon’s speech. He
can record it in Moscow.
Nixon in Poland - A quarter-million turn-out
to cheer Vice President Richard Nixon in
Warsaw. It’s the greatest reception he has
ever received in visits to 60 nations during
his career. He arrived here from a Moscow
Vice President Nixon returns to Washington
and tells a crowd at National Airport, that the
unprecedented reception he was given in the
Soviet Union and Poland sprang fro the
basic friendship of those peoples for the people of the United States.
Soviet Premier Khrushchev tells a Kremlin news conference that he plans “to talk
peace without saber rattling” in his Washington and Moscow meetings with
The Senate rackets committee charges in a stinging report that Teamster
president James R. Hoffa will destroy the U.S. labor movement unless his power
Week of August 1, 1959
President Eisenhower warns that “crooks and racketeers” will take charge unless
Congress enacts effective labor reform legislation. On radio and television. The
President described as a “national disgrace,” labor racketeering disclosed by
Sports - The American League defeats the National League in the encore All-
Star game (5-3) - this one played in Los Angeles. The first was played back in
July at Pittsburgh. Yogi Berra wins the most valuable player award.
Beatniks beat it
- Beatniks have invaded Venice Beach in S.
California, but the local population wants them out. The area
was immortalized by beatnik poet Lawrence Lipton who wrote,
“Venice West may be a lousy slum, but it’s a fine place for
artists to create.” The combination of cheap rent, water and
pleasant weather is unbeatable to these scruffy citizens. Alfred
Roberts, president of the Venice Civic Union, says that since
the publication of Lipton’s bestseller “
The Holy Barbarians
earlier this year, beatniks have been “pouring into Venice from
everywhere.” One of the favorite beatnik gathering places is
the Gas House - an old bingo parlor on the oceanfront. There, they paint, write,
play chess. The author describes the book as “The first complete story of the
'Beats' - that hip, cool, frantic generation of new bohemians who are turning the
American scale of values inside out."
Entertainment news - Movie tough-guy
gets into a bar room brawl with a short
Irishman in Dublin. Mitchum got beat handedly by the
man, who used Ju Jitusu on him. Mitchum was in the
bar with Richard Harris. Both were in town to film a
movie. A man came up to Mitchum and asked him for
an autograph, “for my wife.” Mitchum took a book from
him, scrawled a message and handed it back. The man
said he didn’t like the message. Mitchum casually lifted
his glass and poured his drink over the Irishman’s head.
Moments later, Mitchum was on the floor.
Passing - Movie producer
Passing - Poet Laureate Edgar Guest (77).
Week of August 1, 1959
Sunday night television -
CBS - Twentieth Century, Lassie, Section 315, Ed Sullivan, GE Theater, Alfred
Hitchcock, Richard Diamond, What’s My Line?
NBC - Meet the Press Chet Huntley, Midwestern Hayride, Suspicion, Dragnet,
Chevy Show, Loretta Young
ABC - You Asked For It, Maverick, The Lawman, Colt .45, Deadline for Action,
Ed Sullivan - The Platters, Roberta Peters, Shelley Berman, Rickie Layne.
GE Theater - “One Is A Wanderer” with Fred MacMurray. A magazine writer
spends day in a one of the deserted precincts in Los Angeles.
Chevy Show - Joining Dinah Shore -
and Gene Sheldon.
Colt .45 - The brother of assassin John Wilkes Booth
visits town and finds everyone turned against him.
At the movies -
The Scapegoat - Sir Alec Guinness, Bette Davis
The Nun’s Story - Audrey Hepburn
North by Northwest - Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint
The Big Fisherman - Howard Keel, Susan Kohner, John Saxon
Last Train From Gun Hill - Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn
The Young Philadelphians - Paul Newman, Barbara Rush
Say One For Me - Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner
Irwin Allen’s “The Big Circus” - Victor Mature, Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming,
Kathryn Grant, Vincent Price.