Independent from Long Beach, California on February 4, 1960 · Page 67
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 67

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 4, 1960
Page 67
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MEDICAL HISTORIES OF NIXON, DEMO LEADERS Presidential Contenders Have Health Defects P I 7 Z 3 -- P 2 3 Z 5 IM* (EDITOR'S NOTE: Being President of the United States has been called a man-killing job. Have you been wonder- Ing how well equipped the current contenders for the Presidency are from a physical standpoint? Jack Bell, veteran AP political writer who sees most of them every day, delves into their known medical backgrounds in the following article.) By JACK BELL WASHINGTON UP) -- The|pears, Nixon at 47 is subject six men currently regarded . as top contenders for presi- ;. dential nominations this year ;. were not always as frisky as l!? r,they appear today. '' ' The ills of the flesh have -assailed in varying degrees all of those who figured prominently in a campaign likely to put a premium on physical stamina. In seven years in office President Eisenhower has had three serious illnesses, including a heart attack, and voters can be expected to pay more than ordinary attention . t o the health of the prospec- ".tive candidates. '. As the likely Republican ·nominee, Vice President Richard M. Nixon maintains that he has no worries on that score. * * * * BUT VIGOROUS as he ap in times of stress to what he use crutches. for which he underwent sur gery in October 1954. Kennedy was injured when the torpedo boat he commanded in World War II was hit by a Japanese destroyer He first was operated on in 1945 but his c o n d i t i o n worsened in the early months of 1954 and he was forced to calls a nervous stomach. He also has a touch of hay fever now and then. Because he has high blood pressure, Nixon Watches his diet c l o s e l y , particularly while campaigning. Doctors keep a check on his cholesterol (blood fat) count because chair these days and toss his of his blood pressure. rounds of golf, Nixon takes little exercise except to walk from his office in the Senate office building to the Capitol, slocks, a couple of times a day. * * * * SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (D- Vlass), 42, an avowed candidate for the Democratic pres- He was on the operating table four hours t h a t year and returned to the hospital in February 1955 for removal of a metal plate that appeared to be slowing his recovery. Those who see Kennedy slide down comfortably in a leg casually over its arm are Aside from in f r e q u en t convinced he has no fuuner spinal trouble. * * SEN. H U B E R T HUMPHREY (D-Minn), 48, another a distance of about two city avowed candidate, has not had a serious illness since pneumonia almost took his life when he was 7 years old. However, he has had two operations, one for a double hernia, and the other an ap- dential nomination, gi ves pendectomy. Those who see every evidence of having re-JHumphrey going at top speed covered from a spinal injuryion long-hour days have no fears about his health. * * * * LYNDON B. JOHNSON of Texas, S e n a t e Democratic leader, who obviously is available for his party's top nomination, is the only one of the group who has had a recorded heart attack. Johnson, now 51, was blood pressure. Symington, 58, is an unannounced candidate who says he would like nation. The 59-year-old Morse to be President. Symington's recovery from a March 1947 sympathectomy appears to have been complete. This is a delicate operation in which the sympathetic nerves to the spine are stricken at the home of a'Severed to relieve high blood has declared himself a serious candidate for the nomi- has had some difficulties with animals. At an Orkney Springs, Va., saddle horse show in 1951 Morse was knocked cold by a horse's kick. The senator a suffered a broken jaw and confirmation lost some teeth. In 1949 he was injured when he was thrown to the ground in a sulky race at Salem, Ore. In 1955 he suffered a sprained leg when he picked up a newborn pig at his Pollesville, Md., farm and was rushed by a sow. In 1953 Morse collapsed in the Senate reading room after two-hour speech opposing of Charles E. Wilson as secretary of defense. He attributed this to what he called a "codeine blackout," explaining he^had been taking the pain-killing drug because his injured jawbone had been scraped to remove a slight infection. Recently, he fell out of a hayloft and sprained his wrist. friend in Middlcburg, Va., in July 1955 with what was described as a moderately severe heart attack. He had seen operated on in March of ;hat year for removal of a cidney stone. Johnson is something of a despair to his wife and doe- .ors who want him to take things a lot easier than he does. But the Democratic eader is a wound-up man who has trouble slowing down, even when he takes a rest on his Texas ranch. None of his colleagues: pressure. A golfer who often shoots in the 70s, Symington was back on the course three months after the operation. He says he feels fine physically and looks it. * * * * ADLAI STEVENSON, who currently is avoiding being proposed as a potential nominee, has had kidney stone trouble, like Johnson. In June 1952 shortly before be was nominated for President by the Democrats the first time, Stevenson under-'. ?ives a thought these daysiwent an operation for remov- o the Johnson heart attackJal of kidney stones. He had a -lis dynamo has not slowedjsimilar operation in April, down and he seems in vigorous health. And President Eisenhower's recovery from 1954. However, Stevenson's doc-1 tors annualjy pronounce h i m ' his heart attack has gone a in good hea i tn . He is now 60 long way to remove that ail-| and the pace he maintains' Hazrzs Frank SOLACE This is a glimpse of the latest in correctional institutions. The sta'te of Ohio is just completing it at Lebanon. Ohio. Costing 12 million dollars, it has such innovations as pastel-colored cells and this modernistic religious c e n t e r . The altar revolves, revealing Catholic, Protestant or Jewish segments. No Soybean Surplus Yet WASHINGTON (/PI -- Soy beans, the Cinderella crop of recent years, continues to keep out of surplus troubles despite a sharp upturn in production. Production nf this vegetable oilseed crop has more than doubled in the last 10 years. The crop was 234 mil lion bushels in 1949. This past year it was 537 million bushels. The previous year it was a r e c o r d of 579 million bushels. Twenty years ago production was only 90 m i l l i o n bushels. No crop of importance has made such gains. The crop has helped fill a gap made by a contraction in acreages of corn and cotton under programs designed to help prevent their overproduction. The development of broad foreign markets for fond oils and prolein feed has helped absorb this big soybean increase. The agriculture department predicts exports from the 1959 crop will set a new record of 125 million bushels, or 15 million more than last year's record. . Officials say farmers can plant another big crop t h i s yoar with reasonable expectations of favorable markets. Walt Whitman Letters Acquired ST. LOUIS (/PI--The Missouri Historical Socicly has acquired 17 letters poet Walt Whitman wrote to members of his family. Also acquired were various other letters and documents of the W h i t m a n family, pho- topraphs and other mementos. In one of the letters, W h i t man describes St. Louis and comments favorably on its "fine, comfortable, well-buiii brick or stone houses.' Riit in his days, as occasionally in the present, the atmosphere left something to be desired. W h i t m a n said the n i r "is laways tainted with coal tmoke and pungent gas. 1 . ment as a barrier to election to the presidency. * * * * LIKE NIXON, Sen. 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