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Thanks Will. Unfortunately their on-line archives go back only to
1998.

Cheers,
Peter

Will Gray wrote:

>Peter,
>     This is one of those popular Eliot quotes that is
>often misquoted (I found at least 4 versions) and
>hardly ever footnoted. The best information I can find
>is this:
>Simpsonís Contemporary Quotations, compiled by James
>B. Simpson.  1988.
>NUMBER:	8524
>AUTHOR:	T S Eliot
>QUOTATION:	It is a medium of entertainment which
>permits millions of people to listen to the same joke
>at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
>ATTRIBUTION:	On television, NY Post 22 Sep 63
>SUBJECTS:	Communications & the Arts: Radio &
>Television: Observers & Critics
>BIOGRAPHY:	Columbia Encyclopedia.
>WORKS:	T S Eliot Collection.
>
>Since I haven't seen the Post article, I'm not sure if
>it's the original source or not, but it's a safe bet,
>since you won't find anything else online. Every now
>and then, someone else will be brave enough to list
>the quote as coming in the year 1963, so I would
>assume it's either something he said publicly (which
>was taken down by reporters), or else it was published
>originally in the Post. Either way, it's a start.
>
>Cheers,
>Will
>
>--- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
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>
>>Anyone know where Eliot said the following?
>>
>>"television is a medium of entertainment which
>>permits millions of 
>>people to listen to the same joke at the same time,
>>and yet remain 
>>lonesome".
>>
>>It is referred to in this news article:
>>
>>
>>    
>>
>http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1469495,00.html
>  
>
>>Thanks,
>>Peter
>>
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