The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 20, 1968 · Page 8
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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8-Palm Beach Post, Wednesday. Nov. 20. 1968 Nixon May Ponder Replacing Harriman In Paris Railroad, rising quickly from track walker to vice president. He was a Republican until 1928 when he voted for Al Smith. Soon .afterward, through good friend Franklin D. Roosevelt, he became in trigued with the concepts and goals of the New Deal. He served Roosevelt as head of the NRA, worked with OPM, then took special assignments related to shipping and lend-lease which took him to Great Britain. charge of their Washington residence, an old Georgetown house filled with priceless antiques and impressionist paintings. Harriman was reared in the lap of luxury at Arden House, the family home in New York which now belongs to Columbia University. After Groton and Yale, he went to work for his family's Union Pacific WASHINGTON (NANA) -Although President-elect Richard Nixon is expected to field a new peace team in Paris, he is certain to think twice before replacing "the old crocodile," as 77-year-old W. Averell Harriman has been dubbed. Harriman unquestionably is the most experienced diplomat in public hie today, hav- ing advised four Democratic presidents (and twice to that office himself), held 22 top federal posts, and in more than three decades of public life operated on a first name basis with the world's VIPs. Physically, he towers over his North Vietnamese opposit-es. Lean and vigorous, he frequently exhausts his aides. Harriman is every inch the aristocrat with fine features, dark hair graying at the temples, deep-set brown eyes shadowed bv thick brows, and SPORTS an urbane manner. A prominent lady once tagged him America's answer to Anthony Eden. Harriman's only deteriorating faculty seems to be his hearing, but some colleagues claim the hearing aid he wears is a handy prop. He is deaf when convenient, they say, but never misses a diplomatic nuance even when apparently dozing. Harriman is bored with small talk, can be impatient at times, and does not suffer fools. The "crocodile" nickname comes from his habit of appearing to be paying no attention, then snapping at some one who makes a silly remark. Harriman laid the groundwork for his broad under In Paris, Harriman must have suffered inwardly as the expected de-escalation measures of the North Vietnamese failed to materialize after President Johnson declared his most recent bombing halt. The situation has forced a breach between Washington and Saigon. He works long hours in the peace team's offices located at 2 Avenue Gabriel, next door to the U.S. Embassy and just off the Place de la Concorde. Although he has some knowledge of French, Harriman normally uses an interpreter. He and his wife Marie ( it is the second marriage for both) have rented a house in Paris' fashionable Sixteenth Arron-dissement, leaving a few trusted staff members in standing of the Russian people, and others in the Communist orbit, during youthful visits to the Soviet Union, and developed it in the forties while serving three years as U.S. Ambassador to Moscow. Some ask why the son of a railroad tycoon who is reportedly worth $100 million should be the U.S. diplomat the Russians seem to trust most, but they seem to. When he enters the Bolshoi Theater, they shout "Harriman! Harriman!" Harriman does not fully return that trust. The attitude he believes the U.S. should espouse in dealing with the Soviets is "keep your hand out but your guard up." The expression has been picked up by President Johnson. 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