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July 1, 1947 – The Paris Summit – The Cold War – Not Least Of All, The Weather

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During a day where the political and socio-economic growing pains were dragging on throughout Europe, talk about the strange weather gripping the U.S., from extreme drought to extreme heat, had everyone peering ominously at the recent Atomic Bomb tests in the Pacific, asking if those mushroom-shaped
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During a day where the political and socio-economic growing pains were dragging on throughout Europe, talk about the strange weather gripping the U.S., from extreme drought to extreme heat, had everyone peering ominously at the recent Atomic Bomb tests in the Pacific, asking if those mushroom-shaped clouds had anything to do with the weird weather. And on this July 1st in 1947 the answer from the Weather Bureau was an emphatic no. Meanwhile, the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area was overflowing its banks in record amounts and causing widespread flooding – the most in 103 years. So while Washington basked in the steaming-wet gym sock of Summer heat, life went lumbering on. Strikes were threatening all over the country and negotiations were feverish. Another storm of controversy surfaced when the President suggested, as reaction to the Rent Control situation, to suggest Congress nvestigate the Real Estate lobby. The Home Builders and Real Estate Associations were accused to applying pressure to members of Congress with misleading and false propaganda regarding President Truman‘s Housing programs. Word from Paris was anticipated pessimism over the latest Paris Economic Conference. Over the next several weeks the delegates hammered out a report estimating Europe’s needs. Furthermore, they established a more permanent group, the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC). In the near term, this group served to coordinate the use of Marshall Plan funds. In the long term, however, the OEEC would help pave the way for the economic integration of Europe. Word was waited on during the broadcast, but the much hoped-for communique hadn’t come. So everyone speculated for the worst. And that’s a lot of how the day went, this 1st of July 1947 as told by H.R. Baukhage over ABC Radio. And apologies in advance for the badly damaged transcription disc for the first minute or two – history sometimes comes with warts.
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these letters. That has impressed me. Take this one, for instance, comes from a man in the firm 70 years old. I mean, the firm is 70 years old. He says that firm knows how to get along with people. He says, uh, one of the best, one of the best moneymakers in the nation with the volume, Which approaches $100 million. They make these profits, he says, because not a single worker has to take time out to find out if he's being treated right. He knows he is and he uses all his time concentrating on the job. He knows that the company uses the profits in such a way that during The terrible depression of 19 after 1929, not a single worker was let out, even though there was nothing for him to do but to go through the motions of cleaning up his department several times a day. And here's a here's another letter letter from the president of a union, a local, and he writes with real pride about the plan. He says, uh, we of course have our differences, but with each side giving a little, we've cleared the table and walked away, friends. All the troubles, he said were settled that way. Another letter from the Financial Secretary of a union mentioning his firm's and saying that he could give many such cases where harmonious relations exist. I quote these letters to show the enthusiasm, these writers, both the union and the management employees, other management in show, in wishing to reveal the other side of the better side of the labor management picture. I can see now other National Planning Association chose this method of approach, of making studies of the successes rather than the failure I think will be worth seeing when it comes out. Another investigation, which might be interesting or not so much in the hopeful side is the one the president suggested in his message on rent controls he sent to Congress yesterday sent just too late for me to report on present. In that message. Talked about the brazen operations of the real estate lobby yards. Congress to investigate. Well, that brought a storm of controversy, naturally, it would in a political year. Also in a strong group like that with a lot of a good strong supporters in Congress is singled out what interested me was that, although Senator Bricker, Republican of Ohio, sprang to the defence of the real estate people labeled the President's reference demagoguery. Senator taft Republican, also from Ohio said he wouldn't mind doing uh that investigation himself. And so that rather lifted the discussion out of partisan politics staff, of course, he made quite a study of housing. And while he didn't elaborate his statement that he'd like to investigate the real estate lobby, it was pointed out that last week in addressing a fight for housing rally staff said that misrepresent
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