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Lasker:

Well, you asked in the other interview what I did about the campaign. I paid for ads in newspapers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities; rallied Stevenson workers,; helped toward the cost of the headquarters in Los Angeles, staffed by many volunteers and a few paid people. Agnes Meyer was the biggest contributor to this campaign, although, as I think I've told you, I was the biggest contributor to his '56 campaign.

Anna Rosenberg and I again persuaded Mrs. Roosevelt to Los Angeles to support Stevenson, and, as you remember, she made a marvelous and very moving appeal in the convention.

Q:

When did you actually arrive for the convention?

Lasker:

I left almost a week ahead of time, I think. I remember going to Libertyville for a day on my way to California and spent some time with Stevenson and his children. I think it was four or five days before the convention when I left for California. I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Florence Mahoney joined me there.

Q:

Was that a sort of little Stevenson headquarters?

Lasker:

No, his headquarters were actually at the Town House. He came and stayed there the Saturday and Sunday before the Convention with Bill Blair, because Bill Blair paticularly liked the Baverly Hills Hotel and especially the swimming pool. So, I think they arrived on the Saturday before the convention and stayed there.



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