Eureka Humboldt Standard from Eureka, California on April 14, 1962 · Page 26
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Eureka Humboldt Standard from Eureka, California · Page 26

Eureka, California
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Saturday, April 14, 1962
Page 26
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Family Weekly I April is, The People I Can't Forget By CORNELIUS VANDERBILT, JR. This prominent traveler-correspondent has crossed paths with a host of personalities; here are the ones he found most fascinating David Ben-Gurion I INCLUDE David Ben-Gurion, the" premier of Israel, in my anthology of interesting people because he is probably the greatest master psychologist of his own people living today. Very few individuals can represent the feelings of their countrymen, what their nation is saying and doing, as well as this man can. When necessary, Ben-Gurion has the ability to scold his people and elevate them to a high plateau. But his essential easygoingness is illustrated by the way he goes around Israel with his shirt collar open at the neck. The doughty little premier is a symbol of an ancient people who have been reborn; sometimes, like the Biblical figures of ancient Israel, he even speaks in symbols. For instance, in talking to me about the role of Russia and America in his part of the world, he didn't mention these countries by name. Instead, he expressed his hopes that "the eagle" would help keep "the bear" confined to the northern habitat where it belonged. At the age of 75, Ben-Gurion is just about the youngest old man I know. He retains his popularity year after year because, while representing the older generation, he has young, modern ideas --unlike most world leaders these days. One of these ideas was to include women in the Israeli army. Today about one-third of this army is female, and I am told they are really tough specimens, more feared in battle by the Arabs than even the men are. Speaking of the Arabs, I believe that Premier Ben-Gurion has been one of their really great benefactors. In improving the water supply for both Jews and Arabs, for instance, he has done more to foster peace in the Middle East than almost anyone else in that corner of the world. Joseph P. Kennedy TOSEPH KENNEDY, who I am happy to report is J recovering from his recent stroke, is one of those people with whom I have had my innings. There have been times when I looked at him Family Weekly. April 15. 19C2

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