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California / Physician vs. Farmers #250868

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Mar 13, 1977
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(Studio) Dr. moves from Brooklyn, New York, to California and gives aid to more than just patients.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Brawley, California) Dr. Ben Yellen moved to small farm town of Brawley after WW II because of asthma. For nearly 20 years, Yellen has had running argument with big farm owners in area over 1902 law prohibiting sale of water from federal built irrigation project to farms over 160 acres where owner doesn't live on farm. [YELLEN - it takes money to fight establishment and he has money and no family.] [Farmer Herman SPERBER - says law isn't practical anymore.] [YELLEN - says it's propaganda; cites GM as example Says all farm work done by contractors.] Yellen has been ostracized but has recently won some respect of townspeople. [Merchant James WHITEHEAD - says Yellen has made people think and also made life here interesting.] Characterizations of Yellen by defenders and enemies noted. [YELLEN - talks to telephone caller with regard to medication.]
REPORTER: Murray Fromson

Dean, Morton;
Fromson, Murray

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