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Dvn smoot this month passed the 200-
thousand-mile-mark in DC-6 air
travel. Between Dallas and Washington,
''acts 1',ei inn's "air commuter" has flown
in,ne- than eighl limes around the world.
Smoot's weekly radio program heard
hy millions eef listeners is recorded in
Dallas, linine of Sinool and Facts
'"rum: lint tin- television program,
"iianaiiiiLi from eighty stations throughput th,- country and in Alaska and
Hawaii, is filmed in Washington, II. C.
On ;i recent trip someone seiiel tee
■ moot, "I sav, your TV discussion of
'ne question, 'Was the' Sne-ak Attack
"" Pearl Harbor Actuall) a Surprise?'
"'« you have inside information? I
u''- righl her,- in Washington al the
''"ic of the- attack, and eill through your
analysis I found myself wondering if
Perhaps you didn't have some- inside
Smool replied, "No. both lhe pro and
'"n arguments were heese-el on informa-
'"'ii available to anyone who would look
'bit how many people would lake the
'tale and effort lo search for all avail-
''e fail- on both sides of j lisl line
Rational issue before making a decision?
lie answer is obvious; mosl would nol.
**ny would continue along the course
!*hich the nation has loo often followed
or many years, basing their opinions
" vague misinformation and precon-
7*ived notions with very little foundation
. Jusl how much lime ami effort are
!'u"b,-,l in presenting jusl one- of the
an Smool programs?
Ine sighl of Dan Smool with a book,
'''-'" newspaper or more often a
DAN SMOOT'S AIR TRAVELS
CLIMB TO 200,000 MILES
briefcase bulging wilh reference material is a feimiliar one lo his associates.
Th, bibliography of on,- ,,f his latest
programs lists nineteen separate sources.
This represents literally hundreds of
thousands ,,f weerels weirds that niiisl
be n,,i onl) read, hut assimilated, ,li-
gested, evaluated, and arranged in logical sequence to support the- arguments
of not jusl one side hul of Iwo diametrically opposite sides in em unbiased
manner and witlienit re-neird for personal
The service Dan Smoot renders with
these Fads Forum programs is unique.
His listeners an- rewarded wilh a distil-
leition of facts carefully documented
information presented in the pleasant.
easy, conversational manner of Dan
Smool commentator, lecturer, writer,
.mil air commuter but most important
■Dan Smoot, Vmerican.
■s- News & World Report turned
national spotlight on Facts Forum
' "V|lies via ils January 28 issn,'.
-Commenting, -Millions of peoi
''"'Hie.I, il .
i ■ ' ln''>e programs, an- given
- "'iilion an,I arguments lhal could
Facts Forum Featured in National Magazine
aiming al a goal of 1.5 million circulation and conversion into a weekly."
i The- 75.0011 was based on December
circulation. February circulation was
US. News & II nrltl Report gives a
graphic account of II. I.. Hunt, highly
successful oil producer and conservationist, wine originated Facts Forum.
The' magazine relates how Mr. Hunt
in discussions with family and friends
cam,- t,e tin- conviction lhat lhe gravest
danger that lhe American people face is
the loss of individual freedom -chiefly
through communism and how Facts
Forum was established in 1951 wilh
these eiNlliilinee-el aims:
"To resist totalitarianism by alerting
people in its dangers, to contribute lei
eidull education, and to promote' discussion of public issues.
/ S. Sens & II mill Report adds.
"Feu-is Forum began with lln- establish-
mi'iit ul neighborhood discussion groups
in Dedlas and oilier Texas cities. Il
evolved gradually into the big television
.mil radio enterprise ,ef today."
arguments lhal could in-
'"'"''; their opinion on major public
•" th,- widely-read publication
"ii to describe the various Fads
Warding Dan Smoot's pro and con
r^ussions, / ,S. Sews & World Re-
a a\s. these discussions are con-
rj^'ed. usually singlehandedly, lo Dan
p ".,l- ii former university teacher ,»l
„''■ K'' and more recently an investi
g* for the F
eleieil Bureau ol In-
""' weeklj debates run for 30 min-
and 15 minutes
I,, national news magazine noes on
;,,.t ' how governors and other promi-
j.-( ( persons are interviewed during
'" Forum's STATE OF THE \ \
•a °" 80 TV station
'Moderator <el the discussion- is
llardv Burl ,ef New York. The program
is carried on loo or nion- stations affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System and the Dun Lee Network on the
Pointing up slili another Fads Forum
program, ANSWERS FOR AMERICANS, / S. \eies & II ml,/ Report
"\\ ill) Mi. Burl eis moderator and a
panel eef three members, this program
Features discussions of questions such as
lleew Successful Is the I nited Nations?'
ami 'I- There Uieis iii ihe American
Press?' It is aind by 50 TV and L38
Fad- Forum's REPORTERS'
li()l Mil I' program series was also
highlighted. "This is a 350-station radio
program in which moderator Robert F.
Hurleigh and ;i panel of newsmen inter-
\ i,-w public I igures."
Attention also wa focused on ihe
magazine om al this moment are reading. "In-is Forum Sews, now a monthl)
publication with a 75.000 circulation, is
8 PORTJM NEWS, March,