ABC: Headline Edition
ANCHOR, Taylor Grant
ANCHOR: "Headline Edition," Taylor Grant speaking, May fifteenth, Nineteen
ANNOUNCER: The American Broadcasting Company presents "Headline Edition" with
ANCHOR: In Washington, General Bradley's speech today was one of several
interesting news developments dealing with our military defenses. Here's a
summary by Gunnar Back.
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ANCHOR: We seem to be unable to contact Washington at this time. Let's try
once again. Our cue to Washington is, "Here is a summary by Gunnar Back."
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ANCHOR: (WITH A CHUCKLE) Sorry, we seem to be unable -- for some inexplicable
reason -- to contact correspondent Gunnar Back in Washington. (DRY) Even as we
have contacted him every night for the past eight years. (RECOVERS) Well, uh,
the speech by General Bradley (PAUSE) ---- as you may have heard (PAUSE) ----
was before the Women's National Press Club, and it was one in which he told
(PAUSE) ---- the assembled ladies that the United States must spend heavily on
military readiness as far into the future as we can see at this time.
Now then, to the nation's sports fans, the biggest news in quite a while is
building tonight in Chicago, where world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano
is about to meet that challenge from ex-champ Jersey Joe Walcott. We sent
correspondent Tom Casey to the weighing-in ceremonies today and he recorded
this report at that dramatic scene.
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ANCHOR: Well, mother told me there would be days like this. (PAUSE) Shall we
try once again for Chicago? Calling Tom Casey in Chicago. Our cue is, "this
report at that dramatic scene."
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ANCHOR: Some nights you can't make a thousand dollars. Unfortunately, we had
been told earlier today that (PAUSE) ---- Tom Casey had recorded a very
fascinating report at the weighing-in ceremonies in which he had the voices of
both Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano. Don't know how the betting is going right
at the moment. Don't know as we should report it if we did know. Uh, matter of
fact, haven't a piece of copy about the fight tonight except that we know it's
going to be a very interesting one and a very exciting one, just as it was the
last time they met. (FOUR-SECOND PAUSE) ----
The weigh-in ceremonies took place at the Chicago stadium and that's where
correspondent Casey had prepared for us that excellent report which you, and
I, have been unable to hear, at this time.
(DRY) Let's see what else we have in the news to talk about this evening on a
memorable "Headline Edition." At least, to me.
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ANCHOR: Suppose we come back to you in a-- in a-- just a moment or two, on
this cue, "I'll be back in a minute with more news."
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ANNOUNCER: A trained newsman fills in the coloring that brings-- (LAUGHS)
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ANNOUNCER: A trained newsman fills in the coloring that brings the event to
life, but it takes an experienced correspondent to know how that event fits
the overall news pattern. For penetrating analyses, stay tuned throughout the
day and night to ABC. Now, here again, is Taylor Grant and "Headline Edition."
ANCHOR: With portions transcribed-- What portions? That's today's "Headline
Originally broadcast 15 May 1953