ALBEN W. BARKLEY
Former VP will appear on a Ken Murray program in September.
Typed Letter Signed: "Alben W. Barkley", 1p, 7¼x10½.
Paducah, Kentucky, 1954 June 4. To Ken Murray, Hollywood. In full:
"Let me thank you for your letter of May 26th concerning my little
contribution to your program. I do not know where I will be in September but I
hope I will be close enough to a television station to hear what it sounds like.
I appreciate your courtesy in connection with this and wish you every success."
alben w. barkley, the oldest U.S. Vice President (he started
at 71 on January 20, 1949 and left office in 1953 at 75), Barkley was Democratic
leader of the Senate from 1937 until his inauguration as Truman's Vice President
in 1949. When Truman declined to run for reelection in 1952, Barkley sought
the Democratic presidential nomination and finished fourth on the third
ballot that nominated Adlai E. Stevenson. This was the last major party
convention not to nominate a candidate on the first ballot. He returned to the
Senate in 1955, dying in 1956. Ken Murray was a vaudevillian, actor and
radio and television entertainer who hosted The Ken Murray Show, an
hour-long variety show on Saturday nights on CBS (1950-1952) and a half-hour
variety show on alternating Sundays (1953). On August 26, 1951 while serving
as Vice President, Barkley became the first incumbent nationally elected
official to appear on a television show--the first telecast of Man of the
Week. On February 1, 1953, twelve days after his term as Vice President
ended, Barkley got his own show, Meet the Veep, on NBC The show lasted
seven months. It was Barkley's young grandson, Steven Truitt, who coined the
nickname "Veep" for his grandfather from the abbreviation V.P. Lightly
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