ALBEN W. BARKLEY
Star of NBC's Meet the Veep, Barkley agrees to appear on Ken
Murray's television show, Where Were You?
Signed: "Alben W. Barkley", 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1954 February. To Ken Murray,
Hollywood, California. In full: "This letter is my authorization
for you to photograph me and record my voice for your television show, 'WHERE
WERE YOU?'" BARKLEY served as President Truman's Vice President from
1949-1953. The oldest Vice President, Barkley left office at the age of 75.
KEN MURRAY was a vaudevillian, actor, 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 on
NBC called Meet the Veep. 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. Barkley, who had been U.S. Senator
from Kentucky (1927-1949), returned to his seat, serving from 1955 until his
death in 1956 at the age of 78. Lightly creased. 3 file holes in blank left
margin. Fine condition.
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