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Q:

Mrs. Lasker, you have been very much involved and very interested since the beginning in the development of the cultural center in Washington. I wonder if you would give me now a comprehensive story of the development of this project beginning when President Kennedy was still alive and continuing down to the present time when he project is about to achieve some realization.

Lasker:

The project started under Eisenhower's administration, either in '58 or '59. May I ask you first if you've heard much about it yourself in Washington?

Q:

No, not a great deal. I've read a few articles in the Evening Star, which I see only spasmodically; and other than that, I know very little about it.

Lasker:

Were they favorable or unfavorable because The Star has been through various phases?

Q:

I think largely they were interested in seeing the development of a cultural center and seemed to feel that this was a need for the city. Washington, culturally speaking, is quite fragmented, and I think the emphasis is that a cultural center would tend to focus and make available many things which otherwise are impossible.



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