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Inaugural Preparations #540101

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 08, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(DC) Controversy over President Reagan's inaugural committee 's ad seeking nonunion performers to donate their services for his inauguration examined; advertisement in "Backstage" newspaper shown. [AFL-CIO spokesperson Murray SEEGER - notes ad would be illegal for private corp.] [Actors Equity spokesperson Al EISENBERG, actress Annie KORZEN - criticize ad; note wording is showbus. emphemism for whites only.] Agreement by deputy press secretary Larry Speakes that ad should have been phrased differently noted; Reagan, former actor and president of Screen Actors Guild, noted supporting hiring both union and nonunion employees. Scenes from several of his movies shown. Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Stewart mentioned receive union scale pay for inaugural performances. [Ed ASNER - wants total repudiation of ad by inaugural committee ]
REPORTER: Jamie Gangel

Gangel, Jamie;
Utley, Garrick

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