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