NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 28, 1975
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(Studio) FTC (Federal Trade Commission) ends 2 year study of funeral industry 22,000 funeral homes in United States do $4 billion business yearly
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) FTC (Federal Trade Commission) proposes new rules for cost disclosure. Says funeral dirs. padded bills and made less expensive items ugly. [FTC spokesperson J. Thomas ROSCH - says some funeral homes require casket even if body to be cremated. Cheap container adequate.] FTC (Federal Trade Commission) says most of study flowed from "The American Way of Death" by Jessica Mitford. [MITFORD - says American funeral ind. decrees all must be embalmed. Casket must be bought to put "beautiful" object in. Prices charged according to what you can pay.] [National Funeral Dirs. Association Edward FITZGERALD - says many times funeral director talks family down. Baloney (to question with regard to sizing up clients).] Rules won't be enforced for year or 2.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
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