Television personalities Wally George and Bill Press squared off Thursday in a boisterous debate over the "Star Wars" nuclear defense program, which Press attacked as "pie in the sky" and George defended as necessary to counter a similar system under development by the Soviet Union.
The debate took place before a raucous audience of almost 400 students at Rancho Santiago College (formerly Santa Ana College). Both debaters were permitted a total of 24 minutes to present and summarize their arguments.
George, the ultraconservative host of television's "Hot Seat," opened the debate by blasting the "liberal press"--of which he said Press is part--as "always trying to make us out to be the bad guys, that we're always wrong and the Soviet Union is always right."
He likened Press to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain giving in to Adolph Hitler's demands shortly before World War II.