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saw him that it would be more sympathetic to him to be an elected official rather than an appointed one.

Q:

Does he have a somewhat different attitude toward medical research? You said that originally his interest was in the poverty programs --

Lasker:

-- and education, yes. Well, I don't feel that I spent enough time with him to change him a lot. He did come here to see me early in the fall, or was it late in the summer?

Q:

Came her to Beekman Place, you mean?

Lasker:

Yes, to the house and had lunch, yes. It was in late July, early October or late September. And we had a very pleasant conversation. I talked with him about research. He was interested in cancer research, sympathetic to cancer research. He's not well informed in the field, has no background in the field of medicine at all; said he was sympathetic to it because his father had died of cancer. But he made no promises. I told him that Senator Yarborough was interested in appointing a commission for the conquest of cancer, not just research in cancer, but to find out now, how we can find answers to cancer. I thought maybe it would be wise for the President to appoint the commission and would he speak to the President





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