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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 8, September 1955 - File 026. 1955-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 11, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/489/show/445.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 8, September 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 8, September 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript alternatives is like going to an auction without anv muncv in your pocket. \\ ,,u .an I.id like e rei/v leul you can'l l.uv anything. When the Red Chinese sa) "No, our negotiators have to Lack off and start all over again. I'm not in favor nf using human live- to bargain with. Neither is our government. We let the Chinese students go with no strings attached. We hoped this act would solirlif\ our moral position and that world opinion might exert i in.ugh pressure on the Red Chinese to cause a shift in their attitude. We hoped that tin- efforts of the I N Secretar) General would hear fruit. We hoped thai the Bandung Conference would force a change. We have been living on hope. So have the imprisoned airmen. So have' their wives, their children, their parents. Hut hope i- not enough. You caul exist on it indefinitely without faith. And surely tbe faith of these men in all of us here at home' must he beginning to totter. There used lee In' a saving on our western frontier "Talk's cheap. Mister." ll was another wav of saving, "['ul up or shut up." It seems lo me we're reaching that stage in our maneuvering with the Communists. The nuh of the whole matter, the essence "1 llie moral clash between democracy and totalitarianism, is distilled and exhibited in microcosm in the1 case ■ >f the fifteen airmen. On the one hand, wc have a deep and basic belief in the innate dignity of the indiv idual. uf the righl uf every man to "life, liberty, ami the pursuit of happiness. ' On tin' oilier hand, wc find a callous —Wide World Photo Communist China's Premier Chou En-lai extends clenched fists at meeting with his top team during the negotiations in June, 1954, when the U. S. sought to gain the release of Americans held in China. disregard of human rights, with the individual subordinated to the tyrannical whims of an all-demanding state. I ifteen live- l.e the) Russian, Chinese, or American mean nothing to the Communists. Hut if wc really believe in the fundamentals on which our nation was founded, then these fifteen lives should mean everything In n-. And if this all he true', then hand-wringing ami palavering have served llieir purpose eunl more elrastic measures arc in order. Lasl fall, in mv capacity as presidenl of the \ir Force Association, I wrote- ei letter to tin- President of the I nited States. 1 would like herewith in repeal lhe concluding portion of il as em indication thai what wc said then -lill goe-: "Wc commend vour interest in the release of these unjustlv imprisoned Amer- can citizens and vour pul.lie statements in this regard. Wc assure v mi that firm action lu meet this critical -itu.ition will naa ive the support of the Air Force Association ami. wc believe, the support ol other Americans." The situation is still critical and firm action is -lill called for the sooner the better. FLOOD OF SCIENCE FICTION SEEN BY AUTHOR SHEEAN People making reservations fm' the first trip to the moon, if and whenever that might occur, and today's children pretending they are spacemen frnm Mars substantiate Vincent Sheean's observation before ei Facts Forum audience thai science-fiction is iii tlie foreground iii modern American literature. Best-selling author Sheean, joining rent- I'm urn's radio and television panel in a discussion of current literature, said. "Must uf the new heenks I licit fall inti) my hands appear tu give their emphasis to a kind of story material, particularly stories "I science-fiction, horror, sus- pense, and sn on, which did nol interest people -u much twenty or thirty vieer- ago. "fn the 1920's there certainly was an outbreak of very good writing with Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and Edna Millay, I wouhl say, and a number of others, lint it was an exceptional decade; there aren't man) like lhal in uur whole history. The question of whether writing has deteriorated mav l.e answered l.v saying lhal writing heis changed. Mr. Sheean wenl on to say, "If we go further hack into the great periods of American literature, tin- greatest being. I suppose, New England, we- find ei ver) much more deliberate tempo in writing. Whal has happened among iln verv young writers, some ul whom do write science-fiction (and some talented young men an- writing science-fiction at this moment), is that they have increased their tempo su thai tin- reader is almosl breathless l.v lln- time he- reaches the' middle of the honk. Sentences gel shorter; all the words are shorter everything more punched." Asked if In- think- the reading of comic books and crime stories encourages juvenile delinquency among teen agers, Mr. Sheean replied, "Obviously something encourages juvenile delinquency ami since comic books have won llieir enormous appeal in the lasl ten ur twelve years, I suppose we must assume ihai they have something in do with ii. I must seiv. however, frnm personal experience, that the children do outgrow them. I In v go through a phase uf reading nothing else, hui theit peisse-s. 1 eleeii t know what weight is to he given In tin1 comic honk among all the other elements uf a child's environment and education in tin- growing-up process." He continued, "It is ohvieuis thai llii~ thing i- new. The tremendous dominion lhal il ha- is new. anil il cannol I"' withoul influence \i\„n\ anv sensitive'. growing mind. That's e.hvious. Rut th1' extent of the influence and hnvv il - counteracted or helped along by other elements iii our lives. I don'l know. 1' isn't very healthy that children be told evert, ten minutes lhal lhe whole world may be blown up, and the) are told that from morning to nighl by their own parents." Page 24 FACTS FORUM NEWS, September, 1955
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