The Space Age/The Age of Reliability
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Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc.

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America today expects innovation . . . Americans are so used to advancement that change itself has become the rule, and pause the exception. Consider how many once-fantastic things are now commonplace . . . reflect on the startling developments since World War II . . . since the 'fifties . . . since last year!

This is the Space Age . . . a new and different age in which to live. Children - growing up - are affected by it. Families - living faster, better - are molded by it. Men - bringing new techniques, unique technologies, to basic industry - work with it.

The world is different. Our lives are different. And, in the Space Age, manufacturing is very different. Machines, assemblies, components, are much more complex . . . very much more critical. Today, the products of industry must function dependably under almost unbelievable operating requirements. Reliability is the basic ingredient in space age manufacture.

In the Space Age, new standards, new methods of manufacturing have changed our lives. This documentary recording lends perspective to the transformation.

The Sounds That Are Heard: Sputnik I Heartbeat of the dog, Laika, in Sputnik II Alan Shepard during re-entry of space capsule, Freedom 7 • Montage: Test firing of various rockets and missiles, telephonic multi-frequency tones, blast furnace warning whistle, conveyor belt testing machine, continuous tape reader, jet passes—X-15 • Music produced and performed by an electronic digital computer Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Irene Bordoni • Model "A" Ford Nieuport with Hispano engine Mrs. Robert Hutchings Goddard • Goddard Rocket (simulated) • Rudy Vallee, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, German troops and military band • King Edward VIII, Bing Crosby, "Hindenburg" disaster reported by Station WLS announcer   World War II bombardment, Winston Churchill, British convoy attacked by German Messerschmitts—described by BBC announcer U. S. Army sergeant and GI's. Japanese Special Envoy Nomura John Charles Daly, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, World War II battle sounds • Air raid - London • Atom bomb ("Operation Crossroads"), General Douglas MacArthur • Sputnik I Heartbeat of Laika, Explorer I: blast-off   Montage: Nike-Ajax, Minuteman, Snark, Corporal Tapping blast furnace, Stamping presses   Heavy-duty sewing machine, L-Frame spinning machine, Tape-weaving loom   Drilling and blowing oil well Edge grinder, Gasket cutter, Reclaiming cutter Montage: Passenger steam locomotive, Telegraph key, Radio code signal, B-52 Jet, Multi-frequency telephone tones Micro-grinder Bill Haley • Bowling ball X-15 Yankee Stadium baseball crowd • Montage: Explorer VII, Continuous tape reader, Continuous printer President Dwight D. Eisenhower - re-broadcast from space   G. E. scientist bouncing voice off the moon  Electronic digital computer programmed to play music • Atlas - countdown and lift-off • Conveyor belt test machine Dynamometer test: brake linings and clutch facings Hammer test: abrasive wheels Spin test: abrasive wheels • Alan Shepard - recorded in space capsule Freedom 7 during flight

The Space Age The Age of Reliability is narrated by John Charles Daly. Written by Cloyd Aarseth. Produced & directed by Bruce Chapman. The announcer is Phil Tonken. Assistance from the following organizations made this record possible:

Aerojet-General Corp. • American Iron & Steel Institute • American Petroleum Institute • Association of American Railroads • Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. • Boeing Airplane Company • Decca Records, Inc. • Ford Motor Company • General Dynamics Corporation • General Electric Company • Hearst-Metrotone News • International Business Machine Corp. • Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company • Mutual Broadcasting System, Inc. • National Aeronautic & Space Administration • New York Telephone Company • North American Aviation, Inc. • Radio Corporation of America • United Aircraft Corporation • U. S. Department of Defense

John Charles Daly has received virtually every major award for distinguished radio and TV reporting in his 25 years as a professional newsman. While ABC Vice-President in charge of News, Special Events and Public Affairs, he left his distinctive mark on the Korean crisis, the 1952 and '56 conventions and campaigns, the Army-McCarthy hearings, the Hungarian rebellion, and other major stories.

John Daly's style is professional; his insights quick and revealing. As his 1954 Peabody Award citation reads, "John Charles Daly is primarily a reporter—and a good one."

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