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Lasker:

Yes, she rather liked the idea, but I think that by this time she was thinking about politics and wasn't terribly involved in the entertaining end. They had stopped entertaining foreign visitors by this time.

Q:

Well, isn't it also true that, in the Johnson regime, there haven't been as many concerts?

Lasker:

Oh, there have, there have. They just haven't been publicized. It's no longer a novelty. They've had marvellous concerts, with Mischa Elman, Merrill, Leontine Prine -- oh, a great number of talented people. But they haven't had the emphasis that they had under the Kennedy administration. The Kennedy administration made a great kind of press feature of it, and this has just been done -- They've had a number of creative artists entertain at the White House under the Johnson administration. Why it hasn't been publicized in the same way, I don't quite know, but it hasn't.

Q:

Would there be any objection on the part of the established record people if this sort of thing developed?

Lasker:

Oh, no. Columbia picture records were willing to do a record and sell it for us. We already had the outlet, and we still can do it. We already had visited with Mr. Marrick, the head of Victor records RCA.



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