9. Letter From President Johnson to the Chairman of the United States Advisory Commission on Information (Stanton)1

Dear Frank:

Let me have your views on the following thought:

A Joint TV Appearance for Peace

A proposal for a series of joint television programs—on film or tape to be carried on the same day in both the United States and the Soviet Union. Each government would make available an hour and divide it equally with the other.

The first hour would feature 30-minute appearances for understanding and peace by the President and Chairman Khrushchev. The [Page 21] additional time would be used by each government to describe their economic system, their culture, their history, etc.

Put your best minds to work on this, Frank, and as quickly as you can, let me have your reaction and your opinion.


  1. Source: Johnson Library, White House Central Files, Country Files GEN CO 302 (South Africa, Republic of), Box 72, CO 303 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 11/22/63–5/3/64. No classification marking. Drafted by Valenti.
  2. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature and an indication that Johnson signed an “l” above it.