Yes, Gary, many of us will be familiar with Actor/Director/Scholar Simon Callow's works on Orson Welles (and Charles Laughton). In fact, I wrote a review of his Hello Americans (wherein you found the reference to Welles' tribute to FDR):
As a matter of fact, according to Callow, there were three eulogies. [Earlier, I was lazily going with the flow of the comments here.] All were written and delivered upon the CBS Radio Network, the first of which came on the night of the announcement of FDR's death (April 12, 1945 -- ironically, just two days before the anniversary of Lincoln's Assassination). It covers our domestic grief, and begins: "Today another servant of the Lord . . . " The second eulogy, more expansive and carefully wrought, came the next evening, April 13, 1945, and that one starts: "Something is on its way from Georgia . . . " And finally, nearly two weeks later, Welles presented his most comprehensive tribute (with the assistance of Milton Geiger), a special production on his This Is My Best series. That's the one we've been discussing, and it contains a quotation from FDR's last letter to Welles, about how important April 1945 will be in World History because the founders of the United Nations will be meeting in San Francisco.
In all three of these efforts, Welles evidently built upon personal correspondence and memories he had of the President. These expressions on Radio were among literally dozens given by familiar voices (such as Basil Rathbone) that the Networks carried in the latter part of April, and there is evidence that Welles also delivered variations of his speeches at number of forums on the East Coast.
Just where you would find the actual texts of these works is hard to say. They appear hidden on the Internet, and no doubt, Jeff Wilson's advice that you try to get over to the American Radio Archives and Museum in Thousand Oaks, Ca., would be the way to find the full text or texts, if available. Meanwhile, it would appear that the actual recording of "I Will Not Go Back" is an example of This Is [Our] Best, here at Wellesnet.
I hope that you will continue to utilize wellesnet.com, and to contribute posts. It sounds as if you and your wife have had an interesting life in Hollywood, with many insights and writings of possible interest to us.
You will find, I think, that we have a wealth ideas, facts and opinions concerning Orson Welles. Some of us feel that he could do no wrong, and others discern some pernicious mythology evident in his career. The board can become contentious, and Founder Jeff Wilson has to send us to the corner, at times.
Orson Welles was, as Marlene Dietrich said of Hank Quinlan in TOUCH OF EVIL: ". . . some kind of man."
A critic on the PBS News Hour this evening quoted that line in a summing up of the late Norman Mailer.
The beat of Welles' influence continues!