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    Today September 28, 1937 President Roosevelt gave addresses at Bonneville Dam and Timberline Lodge dedications:

    THE OREGONIAN - September 28, 1937 - PAGE 1
    PRESIDENT ENTERS STATE AT ONTARIO BY AUTO FROM BOISE; TWO SPEECHES WILL DEDICATE DAM; LODGE TODAY

    THRONGS TO HEAR CHIEF'S REMARKS - Early Arrival Required at Federal Sites - 30,000 Expected In Caravan to Bonneville, Hood For Speeches --- By Lee Bostwick - Staff Writer, The Oregonian

    Approximately 30,000 persons---20,000 at Bonneville and 10,000 at Timberline Lodge---are expected to turn out today to hear President Roosevelt dedicate these two Federal projects in Oregon. Those in charge of arrangements for the President's visit urged yesterday that early arrival at both Bonneville and Timberline will be necessary to avoid traffic congestion and to assure entrance to those places.

    Dam Closing Early
    United States Army engineers warned that all entrances to Bonneville Dam reservation will be closed promptly at 7:55 A.M. Like warning was given that the roads to Timberline Lodge would be closed to private cars at 9:30 A.M. Bus service from 9:30 to noon will be available from Government Camp to Timberline. Persons going to Timberline were advised to wear their warmest clothing. Although weather is expected to be clear on Mount Hood today, there is strong contrast in temperature and precautions must be taken to guard against cold.

    Train Time at 8 A.M.
    Contrary to a rumor that was circulating in Portland yesterday, it was announced officially that the time of the train's arrival at Bonneville is 8 o'clock. President Roosevelt will speak at Bonneville from 9:30 to 9:45 A.M. The address dedicating the $45,000,000 dam, will be broadcast over three nationwide radio systems, National, Columbia, and Mutual, represented locally by stations KGW, KOIN and KALE, respectively.

    After his motor trip from Bonneville to Timberline, President Roosevelt will eat lunch and rest before speaking from the main entrance to the $650,000 lodge at 1:30 P.M. This will be another 15-minute address dedicating the structure and will be broadcast to the Nation over the National Broadcasting Company system, using KGW and KEX. The Oregonian's station KGW will put on a special broadcast at 11 A.M. and KEX will handle the President's speech.
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    PRESIDENT'S DAY HERE
    ---General Information for Public in Connection with President Roosevelt's Visit Today---
    6:30 A.M. -- Union Pacific special train leaves Portland for Bonneville.
    7:55 A.M. -- All entrances to Bonneville Dam reservation close to public.
    8:00 A.M. -- Presidential special train arrives at Bonneville.
    8:45 A.M. -- President starts inspection tour of dam.
    9:00 A.M. -- Mount Hood stages leave Yamhill Street depot, directly for Timberline.
    9:25 A.M. -- President returns from inspection and goes to speaker's stand.
    9:30 A.M. -- Gates to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood close to private cars. President Roosevelt begins dedication speech at Bonneville.
    9:45 A.M. -- President's automobile caravan leaves Bonneville for Timberline Lodge via Columbia Highway to Hood River and Mount Hood Loop Highway to Timberline.
    10:15 A.M. -- Cars will be allowed to leave Bonneville Dam reservation. Special train departs from Bonneville for Portland.
    12:00 Noon -- Bus service from Government Camp to Timberline Lodge stops and road closed to all traffic.
    12:45 P.M. -- President arrives at Timberline Lodge for luncheon with invited guests.
    1:30 P.M. -- President Roosevelt begins dedicatory talk at Timberline Lodge.
    2:00 P.M. -- Presidential caravan leaves Timberline Lodge for Portland via Mount Hood Highway to Gresham.
    2:30 P.M. -- Traffic will be allowed to resume from Timberline Lodge.
    4:00 P.M. -- President arrives in Portland on Southeast Powell Boulevard and proceeds through the city along the following route: Powell Boulevard to Ross Island Bridge; Ross Island Bridge along regular traffic route to Southwest Third Avenue; Third Avenue to Southwest Grant Street; Grant Street to Southwest Sixth Avenue; Sixth Avenue to Southwest Pine Street; Pine Street to Southwest Broadway; Broadway across Broadway Bridge to Northeast Union Avenue; Union Avenue to Interstate Bridge and Vancouver.
    4:45 P.M. -- Arrive in Vancouver and passes through business district to depot.
    5:00 P.M. -- President boards his special train and departs for Seattle.
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    BEHIND THE MIKE - WITH WILLIAM MOYES (abridged)

    President Roosevelt speaks by a damsite and off a mountain. For Mr. Roosevelt's visit KGW-KEX has arranged a series of broadcasts which, coming from two of the greatest projects in this part of the country should rate A-1 for the year in Northwest listener interest.

    The Dam at 9:30
    The first broadcast will be from Bonneville Dam at 9:30 and will last until the President finishes speaking, which should be about 10 o'clock. The program will be picked up by KGW and released Coast to Coast. Introducing the President will be the NBC Presidential announcer, Carlton Smith, who has come by the President's special train to say "Ladies and Gentlemen---the President of The United States." This being a very tough assignment, CBS has sent along Bob Trout to repeat the same words over his mikes. Virgil Smith, News Editor of KGW-KEX, will be present at the dam to cover the news for the radio.

    Preview of Timberline
    KGW listeners will see Timberline Lodge even before Mr. Roosevelt does, for at 11 o'clock, before he arrives at that point, KGW will present a detailed preview of the entire project, the first ever aired. Under direction of Bob Thomlinson, Bill Ross and Q Cox and with Harold Singleton overseeing the engineering arrangements, KGW's roving mike will visit the Presidential suite at the lodge.

    Moving back to the lobby, the mike will pick up music by the WPA sextet, under the direction of Frederick B. Goodrich. Then out in the South terrace, George Griffith of the Forestry Department will show KGW-KEX Manager Jennings how to operate a heliograph. With this sun flasher he will communicate with about 14 peaks, demonstrating the various communication phases of fire control.

    Into the Kitchen
    Returning to the lobby the mike moves next to the dining room and then into the kitchen, where the chef will tell what he is preparing for the President's own dinner. The 11:30 to 11:45 portion of the KGW broadcast will be Vox Pop at the lodge with Government officials and notables from all over the country, giving their impressions of the project and explaining how it was achieved.
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    NOTE THIS SCHEDULE TODAY

    9:30 A.M. KGW TO NBC RED NETWORK
    President Roosevelt throws the switch putting the mighty generators of Bonneville Dam into operation, and delivers commemorative address.

    11:00 A.M. KGW TO NBC RED NETWORK
    SCOOP! Vivid word pictures presented by picked KGW staff artists describing picturesque Timberline Lodge...the Presidential suite...the preparation of the Presidential luncheon and the menu...the superb appointments of the lodge itself...the unmatched scenic setting!

    11:30 A.M. KGW A DESCRIPTIVE BROADCAST YOU MUST NOT MISS!
    A broadcast packed with human interest, in which roving mike quizzes WPA workers who have taken part in the construction of Timberline Lodge. Hear what they think of the project. Different!

    1:30 P.M. KEX TO NBC BLUE NETWORK
    The President's arrival at Timberline pictured through radio...with dedicatory ceremonials.

    Special OREGONIAN News with Virgil Smith, KGW-KEX News Writer
    providing material for bird's-eye views of the entire Presidential tour---from Bonneville to Timberline, to Portland---through the complete itinerary of his Oregon visit, in a series of graphic, griping newscasts.

    TUNE TO KGW
    7:45 A.M.
    4:30 P.M.

    TUNE TO KEX
    10:30 A.M.
    12:30 P.M.
    9:00 P.M.
    11:00 P.M.

    TODAY

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