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Gen. LeMay Addresses Students at Ohio State University

June 8, 1962 - Gen. Curtis LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff, today told graduating students at Ohio State University that they had a bright future, although “fear of the bomb, defeatism, and lack of individual drive will cloud any picture.” LeMay, a native of Columbus and a 1932 graduate of Ohio State, flew into Ohio Stadium, scene of the commencement, in a helicopter and left the same way. He received an honorary Doctor of science degree. “Today’s opportunities, today’s profits, today’s challenges and rewards are greater than ever before,” he said. “We are in the midst of an age of technological change that will make the industrial revolution seem dull indeed. The problems associated with technological changes are producing opportunities in greater abundance than ever before. Opportunity is not only knocking at the door, it is beating gongs all around the house.”

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