Alben W. BarkleY
Alben W. Barkley sends a typed letter accepting the idea of doing an
interview on film.
Typed Letter Signed: "Alben W. Barkley", 1p, 7½x10½.
Paducah, Kentucky, 1954 February 2. To Ken Murray, Hollywood,
California. In full: "Your letter of January 19th was received here in my
absence from which I have just returned. I am greatly complimented by the
suggestion that you would like to produce a filmed interview for your
television program. I have no objection to this provided you can do it
here in Paducah at some convenient time I am spending most of my time here
now, subject to little trips that I take on necessary missions away from home.
If you will advise me when you would like to have it done, I shall be glad to
cooperate with you in any way possible provided it can be done here. I ought
to say that we have no television facilities here in Paducah. We are 150
miles from Nashville, 250 from Louisville, 175 from Memphis and St. Louis and
it is impossible to televise anything out of Paducah. This may offer a
serious handicap to carrying out your program, but you can let me know about it.
With all good wishes, I am Cordially yours," 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
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