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Q:

There was a real blockade, in other words.

Lasker:

A real blockade. So I was tempted to think about something else. I read the book that I referred to previously, by Mr. Gray--I think that's his name--in Palm Beach in the spring of 1944, and in March of '44 Albert and I visited Dan and Florence Mahoney in Miami Beach at their home for three or four weeks.

Q:

Do you want to say something about the Mahoneys?

Lasker:

Yes. Well, Mr. Mahoney was a charming man, who's the publisher of the Miami News, and public-spirited, and his wife was also public spirited and much more interested in health problems than he was at that time. She became a great friend of mine after this visit, and we talked a great deal about how to get Planned Parenthood clinics expanded and about other medical problems. She was used to politicians, since her husband's father-in-law--in other words, Dan Mahoney had been married, the first time, to the daughter of Governor Cox, who ran for President in 1922, and Florence Mahoney became accustomed to politicians and became used to talking to governors and senators and everybody in political life. So, she didn't see any problem about going to see a governor in a state house about any health problem or going to see people in Washington for that matter.

She encouraged me a great deal about doing something,



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