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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

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Palm Beach Post.Thurday, Nov. 7, 1968 B9 Texan Millionaire Enjoys 'Life Line' Radio Series United Press International is in Hunt's doghouse because shortly after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas In 1963. UPI's Washington bureau quoted Sen. Maurine Neuberger of Oregon as saying Hunt "is going to have to bear a lot of the onus for fanatical broadcasts he sponsors. If anybody is responsible, he is." from self-imposed personal Isolationism. Hunt has been Interviewed by newspapers, magazines, press associations, television and radio, and frequently receives a bad press. Interviewers apparently like to show that they are not awed by his wealth, or they do not like his conservative views, or some of the people he supports. fight against communism and socialism as well as"big government." As part of his campaign, he has turned out seven books which Include a plan for a national constitution in which certain qualifications would give some persons more than one vote. The books certainly are not as profitable as his oil wells and may even cost him money, but they still qualify him possibly as the richest author of all time. There Is a total of seven lines about Hunt in Who's Who in America. It lists him as an oil producer. Usually it is not hard for a reporter to reach him by telephone at the Hunt Oil Co. This has not always been the case. Up to 1948, he had not been interviewed or photographed tor publication. Since 1948, it has become easier to talk to Hunt. He says he is willing to be Interviewed for the sake of getting in a few words for patriotism and against communism and liberalism. "There Is not going to be any way of life unless people wake up to the Imminent communist peril," he once said, explaining his emergence and within the past decade has gone into other fields food processing, patent medicine, cosmetics and refining. Hunt works six days a week In his office and on Sunday at home if the need arises. His home is a replica of George Washington's home. Mount Vemon. It is in fact called "Mount Vemon," and sits on a 10-acre wooded lot that overlooks White Rock Lake In Dallas. There are no Cadillacs or Mercedes or Rolls-Royces In Hunt's garage. He and his family buy modest automobiles and Hunt drives himself to work. At last report, he generally took his lunch to his office in a paper bag, because he likes health foods he cannot find in restaurants. He buys ready-made suits, which he generally wears with a bow tie, and, in the manner of the Southern gentleman, wears his suit coat at home as well as in his office. Hunt stopped smoking cigars years ago because, according to one report, he estimated that it cost him $300,000 worth of time a year to unwrap and light them. He goes to the First Baptist Church In Dallas and liquor is not served in his home. He favors fruit juices made by one of his food companies. The first Mrs. Hunt, by whom Hunt had four sons and two daughters, died In 1955. Hunt In 1957 married Mrs. Ruth Ray Wright, a lovely blonde, who is about 20 years younger than he is. She has four children of her own. r CREATIVE PAINTING" for experienced artists CARMINE MERLETTO THURSDAYS 1-4 p.m. BEGINS NOV. 7 ENROLL NOW coll Mr. Holland 832-5194 DALLAS, Tex. (UPI ) Millionaire Texan H. L. Hunt Is beginning to believe the future of the United States may not be limited to the next five years after all. The five years was Hunt's own estimate. He has deplored for years what he sees as a relentless drift In this country toward socialism, and communism, which he regards as socialism's klssin' cousin. Earlier this year, Hunt said that if the United States can make It through the next five years which Includes the November and 1972 presidential elections it may survive. Surveying what now is obviously a national swing toward the right, Hunt says, "It does, for a fact, look better." ; At 79, Hunt Is one of the world's richest men and some reports have called him the richest. His personal fortune has bern estimated, but not publicly by Hunt at from $500 million to $2 billion. He brushes off Inquiries about his worth with such general statements as: "Money as money is nothing. It is Just something to make bookkeeping convenient." It may Indeed be true that Hunt really does not know how much he is worth. According to one recent report, he has business Interests, much of them In underground oil or gas, In 15 or 20 states, Canada, Africa and the Middle East. The potential value of his properties may be far greater than $2 billion. In recent years, Hunt has devited much of his time to a tion, with or without credit. There were reports earlier in the presidential race that Hunt was a "Mr. Big" mentioned as exercising Influence In the George Wallace campaign. Hunt denied it. He said he' has no active Interest In the presidential campaign but was working in two U.S. Senate races one In California and the other in Arkansas. He believes his earlier efforts in California helped conservative Max Rafferty beat liberal Sen. Thomas H. Kuchel In the Republican primary. Hunt helped In the Rafferty campaign against Democrat Alan Cranston. In Arkansas, he opposed Sen. J.W. Fulbright in the Democratic primary. Fulbright won anyway and now Hunt was Interested in helping Republican Charles T. Bernard against Fulbright In the general election. The financial extent of Hunt's Interest is not known. It may consist largely of paying for printings and mailings of campaign literature and notices as to when the candidates he favors could be heard on radio or seen and heard on television. Hunt, a Democrat and sometimes Republican, pursues his campaign against leftists while carrying on a one-man show in the top level management of his business interests. His Interests are big. During World War II, his oil wells alone produced more petroleum than the wells of the Axis powers. He has ranches and farms r- ' , ' " i ALWAYS FIRST QUALITY u H. L. HUNT Hunt freely gives away his books and does not care who quotes from them. Another of his ventures Is the controversial Life Line radio series, broadcast on individual stations throughout the country. Life Line encourages quota EXTRAORDINARY! FURNITURE VALUE! SGCD8M(3 'Early American' style fop label no-Iron shirts at spectacular savings! 3-PIECE FASHION MANOR LIVING ROOM GROUPINGS IN 3 STYLES! o Charming 'Early American' O Elegant 'Traditional' 0 Stylish 'Modern' You'll recognize this name immediately ... but the price is so low, we can't mention it I Never-iron Dacron polyester cottons. Spread and button down collars. Many colors and patterns in sizes S,M,L,XL Richards Men's Sportswear, Palm Beach Mall. YOUR CHOICE 2 PAY AS LITTLE AS 12.50 A MONTH! 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