The Tomorrow Show (1973)

Season 7 Episode 98

March 10, 1980

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Aired Weekdays 12:30 AM Mar 10, 1980 on NBC
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March 10, 1980
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Host Tom Snyder's guests are Snyder interviews Alger Hiss who discusses the trial where he was accused of being a Communist spy by admitted Soviet Agent Whittaker Chambers. He says the country could not prove Hiss was a spy so they convicted him of perjury for denying he knew Chambers. He says that he did not know him under that name and that when he did know him he looked different. He accuses prosecutors of falsifying evidence by saying that the typewriter that typed the information sent to Russia belonged to him when in fact it did not. He says he was disbarred due to his conviction. He says he's glad most of today's youth do not know his name. He's now trying to get his conviction expunged from the record. He thinks he can do it now because of the Freedom of Information Act although it took him three years to get the trial transcripts and when he did his testimony was blotted out. He says the charges and trial were aimed at denying Truman election as President. He says he was not angry at the country but at J. Edgar Hoover and the prosecutor. He notes Richard Nixon was on the panel and that it gave him great happiness to see Nixon resign from the presidency. Lawyer John Lowenthal joins the panel. He helped to defend Hiss and has documented the trial in his movie "The Trials of Alger Hiss." Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe discuss hockey and how its changed since Gordie's day. He says he introduced his sons to the game so its very natural for them to play on teams. They discuss America's Olympic victory over Russia in hockey.

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