CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jan 25, 1976
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(Studio) Argument with regard to bicentennial celebration conts.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Boston, Massachusetts and other sites) President Ford visit to Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, recalled. Film shown. [President American History Association Richard MORRIS - states his belief with regard to purpose of observance.] Philadelphia moves Liberty Bell for better viewing. Controversy noted. United States Chamber of Commerce ads promote US businessman as bicentennial focal point. Gillette razor ad shown. [President US Chamber of Commerce Richard LESHER - presents his idea of bicentennial.] People's Bicentennial Commission is big critic of bicentennial. Commission and C of C believe one another dangerous distortionists. [People's Bicentennial Commission Jeremy RIFKIN - presents his ideas of bicentennial; to challenge multintl. corps.] The celebration has no theme. Theme of 1876 centennial noted. Bedford, IN, recreates in limestone famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware." [Executive Director Philadelphia `76, Incorporated, William RAFSKY - believes observance should have centered at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.] [American Rev. Bicentennial Admin. John WARNER - believes whole country should be involved.] Residents of Philadelphia's Elfreth's Alley, oldest residential street in city, also feel abandoned. Saint promoted, but crowds of tourists unattended. [Resident Elfreth's Alley, Rosemary TURNER - believes city should have helped residents cope with crowds.] [WARNER - believes people have type of bi-centennial they want, as it is of their own doing.] Various bicentennial celebrations and items shown: from toilet seats to coffins. Reporter motes founding fathers not buried in commemorative coffins. Their views of bi-centennial 1976 pondered.
REPORTER: Steve Young