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Lasker:

Well, I was interested in the supply of planes in World War II.

Q:

Oh, you were? I did not know that.

Lasker:

Seversky -- you remember?

Q:

Oh yes.

Lasker:

I was an advocate of Seversky. Seversky wrote a book “Victory Through Airpower” in 1942 that helped make planes a Number I priority from Number 3 when the book came out.

That's what interested me. I saw that you needed other kinds of fuel so that we wouldn't be blocked out of the air for lack of fuel, and that this plane flies extremely fast, it's designed to fly at over 60,000 feet, and it can fly halfway around the world in five hours. Well, you need planes that can do things like this to carry supplies to people, you know. But we'll see what happens with that.

Now Senator Cranston is a great friend for me because he is interested in research against aging and intends to live 100 years, and I hope he does. He thinks that the National Institutes of Health don't have enough symposia bringing people of different disciplines -- different scientific disciplines -- together to develop ideas, that if you get informed people to meet they will stimulate each other, and some research will develop much faster if the right people are brought into the same room and are encouraged to talk to each other.



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