The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 18, 1966 · Page 5
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Blymevffle (Ark,) Courier News — Tuesday, October 18,WOT - Page Klvi SOUTH KOREA President P»rk Chung Hee UNITED STATES President Lyndon Johnson PHILIPPINES President Ferdinand Marcos THAILAND Premier Thanom Kittikachora ra SOUTH VIET NAM Premier Nguyen Cao Ky NEW IE ALAND Prime Minister Keith Hblvoake AUSTRALIA Prime Minister Harold Holt O One of the constantly reassuring things about Jack Kennedy was the knowledge that he played touch football, and, conversely, one of the things that helps keep Lyndon Johnson s o curiously unloveable is one's inability to imagine the current President chunking a football around. Touch football is a game of love; to play it is to prove that one still has a lien, although mayhap a shaky one, on the finer instincts. Moreover, in the case of pol- iticans, the game lends a touch of humanity and adventure to the most majestic public man, while depriving him of not a jot of his dignity. The old adage no play makes Jack a dull boy" has considerable relevance to our times. Surprisingly, although no hero is more magnificent in Arkansas than the Razorback football star nor any teen-ager more adored by contemporaries and elders alike than a high-school varsity man, there seems to be some sort of common law against a man over 21 taking exercise. More than a million men have been committed to the Vietnamese war by the seven nations whose leaders are meeting in Manila Oct. 24-25. The breakdown: SOUTH VIET NAM: Total includes 320,000 regular army troops plus regional units, militia, special forces and combat police. UNITED STATES: Troops scheduled to arrive during October will raise total to 325,000 by month s end. SOUTH KOREA: One full combat division plus other combat and support elements. AUSTRALIA: Combat brigade and support forces. PHILIPPINES: Military engineers unit and support elements. NEW ZEALAND: Artillery battery and engineers detachment. THAILAND: Military air detachment. Thailand also makes available vital air bases for U.S. Air Force operations over Viet Nam. In addition to Manila, President Johnson's schedule includes visits to New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea Wallace: Potent Hero of Defiant Whites By BRUCE BIOSSAT Washington Corresondent Newspaper Enterprise Assn. The visitor to Alabama hears now and then that Gov. George C. Wallace might decide to again stand in a schoolhouse door in fresh defiance of federal desegregation moves. Maybe it will never happen. But it is significant that anyone thinks it might. The governor is on a rising curve of new militancy as he heads toward entry as an independent into the 1968 presidential battle. The last time he stood in a school doorway, many month: ago, his show was all over in minutes. The school was quickly desegregated. His token resistance led many people to argue that Wallace was finished as the great defender of segregation in the South. Vet his new race for governor, technically in the name of his wife Lurleen. is demonstrating that George Wallace is a more potent symbol today of segregationist defiance than he ever was before. No rebuff seems to hurt him. To country folk in northern Alabama he shouts: 'I never told you we were going to win a!! the battles. But I did tell you I'd bring all these things out into the open." Some defeats he manages to rhake sound like victories. All through his campaign year he has dwelt triumphantly on the three Democratic presidential primaries he entered in 1964. He got 44 per cent of the vote in Maryland, 34 per cent in Wisconsin, 30 per cent in Indiana. The Wallaces' 1966 Republican opponent, Rep. James Martin, is trying without too much visible effect to persuade Alabama voters that Wallace's way of defying the federal government is totally unproductive of results. Martin, a ruggedly handsome Gadsden businessman who won election to Congress in Goldwater's sweep of Alabama, argues that only a flock of newly elected southern Republican governors will have the power to unhorse President Johnson by forcing a GOP national convention to pick a conservative who might win. The signs of a big Wallace victory in November are reported by many Alabama politicians and observers to be al! about. And nothing suggests they are deceptive. Since he switced from racial moderation to segregationist posture for his w i n n i n g 1962 campaign, the governor clearly has borne a charmed life.. During his tenure, federal civil rights laws affecting schools, jobs and public accommodations have comi clamping down on ALTHOUGH MRS. LURLEEN WALLACE is running for governor of Alabama, husband George holds her hand and with the other hand pulls .all the strings. Alabama. Negroes are registered and voting in unprecedented numbers. George Wallace some' how still looks like a champion. Outside the racial field, he functions as governor like an old New Dealer freshly attuned to .the Great Society. On the hustings he regularly boasts of his spending for education, welfare, highways. Another Wallace term, he says, means many thousands of additional dollars will be spent on these same ends. Economic conservatives, drawn to his racial attitudes, act as if his liberal spending policies did not exist. Martin, economically as well as racially conservative, finds himself effectively blocked by Wallace the Symbol. The cocky little fighter who has gained this hero status first with millions of southerners and now, increasingly, with great numbers of defiant northern whites is a consummate politician in a very special sense. Talk with him privately and you discover quickly that he has virtually none of the average political professional's curiosity about politics in general. He •es not a whit how major races in other states around the country are shaping up. He seems to have very little interest in other Democrats running in Alabama. The evidence suggests George Wallace is one of the nation's most self - centered politicians. Vot even his celebrated, chosen adversary, Lyndon Baines Johnson, appears to have a stronger political ego. In a 5-minute ride along the campaign road last spring, the governor pointed out and remarked upon every single Wai- 'ace bumper sticker he could see. Interrupting himself and others time and again, he would say: "There's one, Lurleen ... There's another ... There's two on the road up that hill ... Here comes one ..." Wallace grabbed the segrega- ,ion issue in 1962 because he had been 'out-segged" four years earlier by his predecessor, John Patterson. Re could hardly have dreamed then that his tactical campaign gambit would catapult him onto the national scene as a continuously provocative figure. He knows what he has hold of and shrewdly, will not let it go. The Alabama scene long ago grew too small for him. Though he whiplashes the "sissy northern press" and the television networks, he revels in their attentions. Conscious that too bold a disclosure of ambition might not strike Alabama voters well, Wallace likes to pretend that they "sent him" north in 1964 to do battle in distant primaries — and that they will govern his likely bid for the presidency in 1968. Says he: 'If you continue to let us fight the battle, we will ... We together are going to have a lot to do with events in this coun- ry." Wallace needs no citizens' advisory board to tell him to do what e v e r y o n e in the South knows he wants to do. This short, unhandsome, tough talking, clever and often very funny man is a curious sort of •••*•••••••••*•••••• 0acn C*Qoti&t al cJLa 'All work and figure to be thrown into the breach against the tide of a revolution. But there can be little doubt that millions want him to be right there- Golf (with electric cart) Is permitted^ and hunting or fishing. Boating alsoseems to have some social. acceptance In the summer. But, outside of these institutionalized play-forms, it is difficult to think of other sports favored by the post-grad set here, and almost impossible to conjure up a notion of an adult playing a private little game that offers neither trophy nor public tribute. This is baffling, particularly so in a sports-minded state like Arkansas. Perhaps we should return to file tradition of Henry VIII, the legendary king of England who challenged all visiting monarchs to wrestling matches and archery contests and often used such occasions to settle disputes between states. One would feel a lot better about Jim Johnson, George Wallace, Lester Maddox, Adam Clayton Powell, Stokeley. Carmichael, LBJ, Richard Nixon, Orval Faubus, Ronald Reagen A car salesman friend and I were talking about such possibilities last week after playing two or three impromptu games of touch football with the children in his neighborhood, We speculated on what would happen if we took a football over to the courthouse lawn at high noon and started throwing it around just when the jaded habitues of Cardiac Corner emerged from their dusty offices for lunch. We decided it would constitute a public service of the highest order. It boggles the imagination to Slink of Shug at left end sweeping past Jimmie and cutting left on a buttonhook pattern with Bill Berryman hollering, "Hey; catch that man!" and Wonderful Bill finally flagging the man down after a 20-yard gain. Pretty salutary idea, hey? Within a month we w o u 1 d have sleeker public officials, men with health and good will for mankind gleaming from the eye. They would perhaps forsake those early - morning kaffee klatsches at the Cotton Boll government sub-house, choosing to get in some practice scrimmages instead, but they'd probably compensate the Cotton Boll in other ways — like coming in for an extra bowl of hot oatmeal in the mornings. — to name but a few question-! Well, we thought it was a good able personalities — if these I idea. This weekend in Memmen could occasionally be seen sporting on a public green making like gentleman warriors just for the fun of it. Get some humor into them, you know. And maybe an appreciation for the arts of compromise and playing by com- pbis I got in some practice. I found myself outside the Bitter Lemon coffee house at 8 of a Saturday night, playing a game of touch with a date against a friend and his date. The battle was short and was won by two long passes. Final we it* n nvor w tn» opposition. It was encouraging, nevertheless, for, all the while we were playing, strangely dressed rock and roll hippies kept going in an out of the Bitter Lemon, watching over their shoulders, and none of them seemed to think what we were doing was at all odd. It leads one to believe that politicians, who are by far a stranger species, might go for the idea, too. 1-2-3-HUP! Onward to bigger and better things and smaller waistlines! The Ivory - billed woodpecker may be the rarest bird in the United States if it i;. not already extinct. INSULATE ^^ PIPES! . ^ PREVENT FREEZING IN BRIEF. QOLD SNAPS FIBER GLASS INSULATION (Oil Fondren & Sons Hdw. and Gifts •Tree Parking In Bear" 311 W. Main—Ph. PO 34520 Delmont 88 is here— Oldsmobile's new lowest-priced 88! First we made Delmont look like a car you can't afford. Then we priced it so you could. Qtdsmolile's new full'Site 88 series, (he Delmonf, kola Kfensive. In actual fact, it's not. Delmonl 88 prices start behw many models a/itk "loa-prke names." 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