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Q:

You went up to

Lasker:

We went up beyond in smaller boats. The Sequoia is evidently too large to go up beyond We looked at the space where the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be and at the ugly sections of Georgetown where there is a big cement factory and some other very ugly buildings on the river's edge, and Secretary Udall announced that they had found means of purchasing them--everything but the cement company--and it was going to be made into a highway and park. The cement company seemed to be too much for the federal government.

Then we had lunch on the Sequoia, and there was a strange kind of feeling of dissonance among the people. Some of the Washingtonians who were heads of bureaus seemed not to be speaking to other heads of bureaus, and one had the vague sense that there was much competition and underlying crossfire that one didn't hear but could just dimly feel.

Q:

How many people were there?

Lasker:

There were about 20, I should think. It was a most beautiful day. It gave me a much better idea of the shape and looks of the Potomac Valley than I'd ever had.



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