Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the President's News Conference of August 29, 1962 (News Conference 42). The President began the press conference by announcing the retirement of Associate Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter for health reasons and the appointment of Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg to fill the vacancy. He also announced that the Soviet representative in Geneva had proposed a cut-off date of January 1, 1963 for all nuclear weapons testing. The President agreed with the proposed date and urged all affected governments to accelerate negotiations in order to meet the goal. The President then answered questions from the press on a variety of topics including nuclear test agreements, Berlin, the influx of supplies and technicians into Cuba from the Soviet Union, and a scientific investigation into the side effects of pesticides, particularly DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane). Background materials in this folder include weekly summary reports from various departments and agencies and memorandums for the President on domestic and foreign affairs and national security. Topics of the background materials include civil air penetration in Africa and Latin America by the Soviet Union, developments at the Geneva Conference, and the economy. The official White House transcript of the press conference and the stenotype transcript of the press conference are also included.