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Vaughn Meader To Abandon Kennedy Impersonation

Nov. 27, 1963 - Vaughn Meader (pictured last year), who won fame with his spoof of President Kennedy, has decided that he will never do the imitation again. Also, his two records based on the Kennedy family will have no repressing. Meader’s record, “The First Family,” has sold more than 5 million copies since it was issued in November 1962, a high for single-album sales in the U.S. A second album made by Mr. Meader, “The Kennedy Family, Volume Two,” sold fewer than 300,000. Sam Goody, a leading retail record store, and Gimbels and Macy’s record departments report that they have withdrawn the albums from sale. Out of respect for the President, Mr. Meader has requested the postponement of two nightclub commitments. ABC-TV has postponed Mr. Meader’s appearance tomorrow night on “Hootenanny.” CBS-TV is putting off his 5-day stint, starting Dec. 16, on the daily daytime television show “To Tell the Truth.” In another move to avoid offense, a scene in NBC’s “Patty Duke Show” next week, showing her getting a medal from a man in a rocking chair, has been cut. The publishing house of Macmillan has halted distribution of “JFK: The Man and the Myth,” a best-seller critical of Kennedy, “because at this juncture we consider it inappropriate.”


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