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Economy / Holiday Shopping / NASA Toys #725084

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 27, 1998
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(New York: Diana Olick) The traditional start of the holiday shopping season featured; details given about credit card debt, largely attributed to Internet shopping; scenes shown of shopping pandemonium. [Retail analyst John KANARSKI††- comments on the emotion connected with the holidays.] [Several SHOPPERS – comment.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Pasadena: Jerry Bowen) NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s venture into retail featured; details given about how a line of toys grew out of a tie-in with Mattel on a miniature Mars rover and about JPL’s input into the TV show “Crusade”; excerpts shown from “Crusade.” [Jet Propulsion Laboratory Alice WEESEN†- talks about the popularity of the toy rover.] [Uncle Milton Frank ALDER†- says we saw an opportunity to jump on the bandwagon.] [JPL manager Joan HORVASS‡- comments on which products get the JPL seal of approval.]

Roberts, John;
Olick, Diana;
Bowen, Jerry

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