Universal Newsreel Volume 36, Release 5
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Universal Newsreel Volume 36, Release 5


The eightieth Congress convenes in Washington for a busy session. There are some new faces on the Capital Hill and among the are twelve new senators, nine Democrats and three Republicans. They are sworn in by Vice President Lyndon Johnson before taking up their new duties. In all sixty-seven new Congressman will be sworn in at this session. Abraham Ribicoff gave up his cabinet post to become Connecticut Senator and another new face is Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Most interest however, centers around Edward Ted Kennedy, the third brother to achieve success in the national and political arena. Congress begins its first session by establishing some sort of record. When called to order, main House Senator McCormick only one senator and one representative are absent. The new Congress will face such problems as a tax cut. Medicare, federal aide for education, and a five hundred million dollar subsidy to aide suburban communities. The President won an early battle when the House approved an administration sponsored bill to keep the Rules Comity at fifteen members. This for Democrats hope, will help speed bills from comity. Its down to business for the new Congress. One of Washington’s most distinguished throngs is at the National Gallery of Art to welcome a distinguished visitor, President and Misses Kennedy with French Culture Minister Andre Malraux and his wife pay homage to the first public appearance of Mona Lisa, the Leonardo da Vinci painting that has captured the fancy of generations for four hundred years. The President expresses the gratification of the nation. Mr. Minister we of the United States are grateful for this loan from the leading artistic power in the world, France. In view of the recent meeting in Nassau, I must note further that this painting has been kept under careful French control. And that France has even set along its own commander in Chief Monsieur Malraux. And I want to make it clear the great pleasure we have for this painting, we will continue to press ahead with the effort to develop an independent artistic force and power of our own. Scores of cameramen record the event as the Presidential party leads a tribute to the Lady who will play host to many many thousands in the next three weeks. The enigmatic smile acts like a magnet to both art lovers and the curious. The next day the Gallery is jammed as the crowd passes by the painting for abreast. It is estimated by a curious statistician that each viewer has from three to five seconds in front of the painting. Some stand in line repeatedly for just one more glimpse of this smile that has launched a thousand arguments. The painting is being exhibited under stringent security measures and its wooden panels are protected from damage in a temperature humidity controlled case. Nearly ten thousand people filed by Mona Lisa, the first day making her by far the most popular hostess in Washington. Everybody wants to meet the new girl in town. New York’s most famous landmark, the Empire State Building is hit by a fire that proves both elusive and stubborn. Traffic is snarled along 5th Avenue and 34th Street as firemen trace the nine different floors from the 24th to the 68th. The fire smoldered all night in a towering pipe shaft before it was discovered and sixty thousand workers were barred from the building as firemen fought the hidden blazes. Tons of water were poured on the burning felt pipe covering and a score of offices were badly damaged before firemen had things under control. The next day a new pocket of fire was discovered on the 33rd floor and the firemen had to close the building for a time once more. It took a superb job of firefighting under difficult conditions to prevent heavy damage to the building. Usually summer is the wacky season but this winter things aren’t on an even keel in Germany. You see they have this chimp, they have an extra pair of skates. Its a matter of simple addition, they decided to teach the tree swinger to swing on skates and he get right in the groove. At that he skates better than a lot of people we know. With the crowd present, he jumps at a chance to show off. If the simian tribes are taking over the ice skating rinks, whats going to happen on the ski slopes? Or should we slide into that question yet? Archibald knows he’s got his audience going in circles and he takes them for another spin. He’s a chairmen whose not bored. Who’s better suited to lead a conga line? They’ll say one thing for Archie, he’s a gay blade with quite a line.

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