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Special National Press Club Inaugural Issue, January 29, 1966

National Geographic Society

Published by National Geographic Society, Washington DC, 1966
Condition: Very good Soft cover
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20 pages, plus covers. Illustrations (many in color). This issue commemorates, humorously, the ascension of National Geographic Society President Windsor P. Booth to the Presidency of the National Press Club for 1966. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Minor soiling/ink smudging on page 9. Initials "LFD" stamped on front cover and page 1. [This is believed to have been the copy of Mrs. L. Fern Dame]. Contains the following notice inside the front cover: "National Press Club Special Inaugural Issue. Not to be confused with the journal of the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. Published as questionable class reading matter exclusively for members of the National Press Club. No annual subscription, priceless per copy. Reproduction of the whole or any part will likely run you afoul of some law or other, but go ahead, the National Geographic Society won't mind." This has become an increasing scarce/rare collectible from both the National Geographic and the Journalism/National Press Club perspectives. Several topless photos of indigenous people. From the inside front cover: "An Appreciation: Bread, without leavening, can be a dull morsel. And so weighty a moment as the inauguration of a new President of the National Press Club, without the yeast of a little humor, could likewise be ponderous fare. Hence these pages. For the National Geographic Society, however, this special issue of its journal offers more than a mere opportunity to mark the inaugural of one of its staff members as NPC President. It offers a means of acknowledging, with deep sincerity, a debt of gratitude to the journalists of the nation. Throughout the Society's 78 years of existence, it has received the wholehearted cooperation of members of the Fourth Estate in furthering the Society's sole objective: the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. Without their recognition of the worthiness of that objective, and their use of the Society's informational materials, it could hardly have travelled so far in the accomplishment of its mission. Thus, to the members of the National Press Club, and to representatives of the press, radio, and television everywhere, this publication is the National Geographic Society's way of saying a warm and heartfelt "thanks!" Another, less reported, aspect of Booth's inaugural was: Donald J. Frederick remembers clearly that day in January 1966 when Windsor P. Booth was inaugurated as the new president of the National Press Club. It was snowy weather, not unlike the kind Washington has been experiencing recently. Frederick, a writer-editor at the National Geographic, had been looking forward to the inauguration of Booth, his boss, and the head of the National Geographic wire service. But he was also excited because his girlfriend was visiting from Montreal. They had met while studying abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain, and stayed in touch after returning home in the fall of 1965. He visited her in Canada for Christmas, and she came to Washington for New Year. Now, just weeks later, she was back. Despite the heavy snow that evening, Frederick said it was a perfect evening. Dancing to one of the romantic songs during Booth's inauguration, he slipped a diamond engagement ring on his sweetheart's finger. "The snow was a blessing in a way because the next day her flight was canceled, and she stayed an extra day in Washington," he recalled recently. They got married that March. The National Press Club is not just a place where journalists meet for drinks, Friday night tacos or to hear heads of state and other luminaries speak. It's also a favorite haunt for singles and, over the years, has been a favorite venue for dates, proposals and wedding receptions.The National Press Club is a professional organization and business center for journalists and communications professionals. It is located in Washington, D.C. Its membership consists of journalists, former journalists, government information officers, and those conside. Bookseller Inventory # 72740

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Title: Special National Press Club Inaugural Issue,...

Publisher: National Geographic Society, Washington DC

Publication Date: 1966

Binding: Wraps

Book Condition: Very good

Edition: Inaugural Issue.

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