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AFN PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Week of 16 – 22 April 1967

Twenty-five years ago this week — on 18 April 1942 — the first WWII edition of Stars and Stripes rolled off the presses of the London Times. Since then Americans serving in Europe have come to think of the Stars and Stripes as their hometown newspaper. The S & S story is a fascinating one and this week AFN tells that story in a specially prepared documentary broadcast saluting the elder medium. (AFN is about one year younger.) Listeners will hear the voices of present and former Stripers reminiscing about the early days of the paper. They will hear the sounds of today’s tremendous publishing effort and meet the people who are responsible in great part for keeping Americans in Europe on top of the news. The program was written and produced by AFN’s Bob Matthes and will be heard at 2130 hours on 18 April — twenty-five years to the day after the re-birth of Stars and Stripes during the second world war.

Anyone casting a movie about a United States Senator would likely pick Everett McKinley Dirksen for the part — he has been called the prototype of a senator in appearance, manner and speaking style. Listeners will hear his famous voice during CONNOTATION at 2030 Wednesday, 19 April, as the program makes a departure from its usual format and features “Gallant Men”, the best selling album of Americana recorded by Senator Dirkson.

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