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Presidential debates on TV change the face of politics

Photo caption: IA President Walsh presents the first retirement check to Sam Polo, Local 706, in 1960.

The first Kennedy-Nixon debate was at a CBS affiliate, WBWM in Chicago.  Station technicians were required to meet all kinds of demands on the part of the candidates’ entourages, including painting the background on the set two times, the last time shortly before the debate was to begin.

The IA members on the set of that first debate were a part of history - as so many Alliance members would be during the next 30 years of television.