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sympathetic in Congress and had known something about research efforts. So I had an appointment with him 10 minutes before the rest of the lunch started. He said yes, he was sympathetic to it, that he would talk to Finch about it, and that he would talk to Nixon.

Well, that was in October and nothing happened, although I wrote him and I got no message.

I've recently received a letter from him: December 30, 1969. The letter says that he indeed had spoken to President Nixon and Nixon was interested, and he thought I would see that Nixon would do something in the near future. Now, this is the near future and I'm hoping that perhaps he won't do it, because Senator Yarborough is interested too in appointing a commission advisory to his Appropriations Committee in the Senate. I went to see him about this first last spring. You don't know about this?

Q:

No, I don't.

Lasker:

There was a book published last winter called A CURE FOR CANCER, by a doctor called Solomon Garb. It seemed to me to be a very lucid and intelligent appeal to make cancer a major effort, not to keep on doing it the way we have been doing it but to put much more substantial money into it, at least up to 600 million dollars to begin with, and to try to work in every possible direction, to have a



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