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Interview No. 4 - November 5, 1962

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, when you broke off last time, you were talking about Major Seversky and your interest in promoting his ideas. I wonder if you want to continue that story?

Lasker:

Yes. Our visits with the Navy Secretary, Knox, convinced me that a great deal more needed to be done to bring pressure on people planning for production for the war to understand the importance of air power.

Q:

What did you do about it?

Lasker:

We did several things: One was to distribute about 2,000 copies of Seversky's book, Victory Through Air Power, to members of Congress, with a letter, and in my cases, autographed by him; and to members of the Cabinet, and to major opinion-makers in the United States.

Q:

What sort of response did you get?

Lasker:

We had a series of interesting letters. I showed you some. In addition, Walt Disney became interested in the cause of air power as a means of shortening the war and he asked to make a movie in his inimitable style based on the facts in the book.



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