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I'd even heard one of the smartest men in America, the quiz show champion Charles van Doren, talk about it on a television documentary about the IGY. The newsman interviewing him asked if the Russians might orbit a satellite first. He just chuckled. Years later, of course, van Doren admitted that on "The 64 Thousand Dollar Question," he'd been given the answers.
In fact, if I remember correctly, the opening credits of the movie Quiz Show are on a scene about the shock experienced by americans on the day Sputnik was launched.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 5th, 2007 at 01:31:38 PM EST

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