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Interviewee: Mrs. Albert Lasker
Interviewer: John T. Mason, Jr.
February 16, 1965
New York City, New York
Interview No. 34

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, I think that you wanted to follow through today, and say something about the first meeting of the committee in the national capital for the beautification of the city.

LASKER:

Yes. On the 11th of February, 1965, Mrs. Lyndon Johnson held a meeting in the White House, at 4 o'clock, which was the first meeting of her committee for a more beautiful capital. She and Stuart Udell, the Secretary of the Interior, acted as co-chairmen.

Q:

Tell me about the complexion of the committee.

LASKER:

Among other people present was Tagrina (?), one of the commissioners of the District of Columbia; Mr. Nat Owings, the architect, a partner in Skidmore and Owings; a man called Victor Gruen; Laurence Rockefeller was present as an observer; Sutton Jett, head of the National Parks Service; and various other people, including Mrs. Lockheim, who are connected with Federal agencies. With the exception of Laurence Rockefeller and myself, nobody whom I recall as outside interested citizens without official capacity. Laurence Rockefeller was there, as he is to



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