Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 24, 1973 · Page 6
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 6

Estherville, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 24, 1973
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Lost Touch With the People ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, WED., JAN. 24, 1973 Page 5 President Johnson Fit No Stereotypes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Almost from the day he was born, it seemed, Lyndon Baines Johnson had the makings of a president—right alongside those elements that would contribute to the breaking of a president. The story of his life could be told in such paradox. Perhaps his wife, Lady Bird, put it best, years later. Recalling her first encounter with the impetuous young Texan, she said: "I knew I had met something remarkable, but I didn't know quite what." Millions understand now what she meant. Remarkable? Indeed. No one who chanced into that swirling, magnetic orbit could forget the experience. Lyndon Baines Johnson exuded a raw, frontier kind of strength; physically and psychologically, he overwhelmed. Understanding Apart from his mentor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, perhaps no other public man in this century—not even John F. Kennedy, whose elegant ghost haunted Johnson to the end- understood so well the sources of power in the world's most powerful capital—or knew, in LBJ's idiom, which button to mash, and how hard, to make things happen. That this talent, "the Johnson treatment," availed him little at the end did not diminish its impressiveness while it worked. Lady Bird was right on another count, too. From the moment he set foot in Washington in as a congressional secretary to the moment he flew back to Texas in 1969 after relinquishing the presidency, nobody really knew quite what Wallingford Lyndon Johnson was He was a study tradictions. _-• all about, in con- Not Orthodox He was from the South, but no orthodox Southerner; from Texas, but not the stereotyped Texan; harsh and domineering with subordinates, yet capable of great kindness; a Democrat's Democrat, but no ideologue. He could be eloquent and moving and persuasive in one moment, and orate like a man dictating to a stonecutter in the next. He could be open, ingratiating, simple, transparent. And he could be fiercely secretive, offensive, jealous, and enormously complex. Johnson whipped through Congress more civil rights legislation than any president in history. Yet when he left the presidency, the nation's racial divisions were deeper than ever. No president spent as much money and forged as much legislation to improve the quality of education. But at the end, the students and intellectuals were shouting for his scalp. Regrouped He pulled the country together when it was stumbling about in a daze after John Kennedy's murder. A year later the people were shouting "All the way with LBJ" and he won election in his own right by the biggest landslide in history to that time. But by 1968 the shouts in some antiwar quarters had turned to "Hey, Hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" and his land was plagued by the greatest divisiveness since the Civil War. There probably were more people out in the country like him than like his predecessor. Johnson was purely and aggressively American—a true frontier president in the tradition of Andy Jackson. But in the final Judgment of his countrymen, it simply was not the time for a meat-and-potatoes man. Nor was it the time for Johnson's consensus politics— "There's got to be some common meeting ground for everyone." That may well have been the remedy the nation needed; it was not what the nation wanted. Fell to Mob "In a sense," liberal Democrat Daniel P. Moynihan told Richard Nixon a year later, Lyndon Johnson "was the first American president to be toppled by a mob. No matter that it was a mob of college professors, millionaires, ilower children, and Radcliffe girls. It was a mob that by early 1968 had effectively physically separated the presidency from the people." And it happened to a man who had told the nation in 1965, in perhaps his most eloquent and memorable address: "I want to be the president who helped to end hatred among his fellow men and who promoted love among the people of all races and all regions and all parties. "I want to be the president who helped to end war among the brothers of this earth." It was not to be. The currents of the 1960s were running strong, if silent, well before Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath on that nightmarish Nov. 22, 1963. And later, reflectively, he said it simply was not given to him to lead the country out of itself. Feelings He referred to his manner, his style, and said he was handicapped by "a general inability to stimulate, inspire, and unite all the people of the country, which I think is an essential function of the presidency. "I have never really believed that I was the man to do that particular job ... I never really felt that with all of my experience and my training and whatever expertise I had in 35 years of public service, that in the last analysis the people of every section would say, 'You tell us where to go and we'll go.' I just never did believe that. ..." From the beginning, he was bedeviled by the word "style." He was a Texan in a city that had shed much of its Southern- ness and blended in with the East coast; a city that had made Jack Kennedy's Harvard accent its symbol, that reacted to the sudden new drawl as to scratching on a blackboard. Deemed Critics He deemed his critics snobs. Sam Houston Johnson wrote in his book "My Brother Lyndon": "I'm afraid that any politicians from the Deep South or Southwest (including my brother) are frequently damned by Northern liberals from the moment they open their mouths. They might be saying and thinking the same damned thing as some Harvard-educated congressman from the East, but they'll never get credit for it. "It's all-out snobbism against an accent, a mode of expression, a way of dressing, a way of eating—against a whole manner of living. I have even heard my brother's family ridiculed because they didn't have a fancy French chef in the White House kitchen, as if eating snails in garlic sauce will make you more civilized and human than eating plain meat and potatoes." So Washington gossiped and giggled about a president who had a soft-drink button installed in the Cabinet room and mispronounced the name of the drink; who expressed himself, privately, in the earthiest of barnyard analogy; who hollered down from the White House balcony to reporters to come see a real live poet, Carl Sandburg; who pointed to his daughter's loose-fitting dress and told his visitors it didn't mean what they thought; who pleaded with strike negotiators, late at night, to get it over with because "Lady Bird is waiting"; who engaged in staff conferences from the bathroom; who tore around the ranch at 90 miles an hour with a beer in his hand (and no vice president to succeed him); who hiked up his shirt to show the world his new surgical scar. Politics For Johnson, politics was all there was. It was work, rest, recreation. Movies, theater, games, small talk—they all bored him. He might go for a boat ride on the" Potomac or on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson—but the company, and the talk, were political. Wheedling a vote, or trying to hire a staff man, or coaxing someone into the administration, Johnson could turn the famous treatment on full blast His hand pawed at his victim's arm as he stood chest to chest, his face literally on top of the other man's, his voice soft and cajoling, his eyes widening and scrunching up and occasionally welling with tears. He devoured single persons and small groups and usually got what he wanted. It worked for decades with senators, employes, prospective appointees, union men, friends, and even some foes. But in the end, it wasn't enough to persuade a nation. Sevatsons Host Sunday Dinner Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Sevatson Beth, Armstrong, GrandmaSkow, Helene Husby, Mr. and Mrs. entertained at Sunday dinner his and Adelia Wolden. Sherm Gunderson were Sunday sister, Lena Sevatson, Mildred Mr. and Mrs. Norman Rouse dinner guests in the Gary Gun- and Linda Martinson, Mr. and and family, Spirit Lake^visited r derspn, home,,!to observe Mark's Mrs, Bob Peterson, Gary and Saturday in the Rodney Hanson fifth birthday. Mrs. Lot bio and K^fcir,,.jui t of,Esftery^ie; r Mr.,;hflme.' i ,; r"';"- ;. . '' ' ' ' and Mrs. John Battle, Amy and . Mrs. Henry ' Lofblom,'Mrs. ;-., V] Graettinger Plan Florida Vacation Mrs. Harold Brobst and Floyd Brobst will leave Jan. 27for Omaha where they will board a plane for Milton, Fla., to spend the winter months visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Shorty) Brobst. Recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carter Sr. included Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Jensen, Minneapolis; Ronald Jensen, Atlanta, Ga.; Malcom Jensen, La Paz, Bolivia; Krlsten Jensen, Mankato; Kritine Osnes, Madelia, Minn. They had come to attend the funeral services for their mother and grandmother. Twila Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Nelson, Graettinger, is supervisor cashier and trains secretaries for International Telegraph and Telephone in Orlando, Fla. She is a graduate PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF IOWA IN AND FOR EMMET COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Sam Bondhus, Deceased. PROBATE NO. 5083 NOTICE OF PROOF OF WILL WITHOUT ADMINISTRATION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF Sam Bondhus Deceased: You are hereby notified that on the 11th day of January, 1973, the last will of Sam Bondhus, deceased, bearing date the 8th day of April, 1969, was admitted to probate in the above named court and there will be no present administration of the estate. of Graettinger High School and of Mankato Commercial College and was employed Throp Credit Inc., a division of ITT. She left for Florida Jan. 15. Officer Dies AMES, Iowa (AP)-Dr. Keith McNurlen, 53, Ames dentist and veteran member of the Iowa Conservation Commission, died unexpectedly here Tuesday. Dr. McNurlen was driving his car near the Iowa State University campus when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He had been a member of the commission since 1965. Mrs. Husby. are his great-grandmothers. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Hansen have received the following address for their son*. Private Hansen, Wendell D. 483-72-6866, PLT 1149, C. Co. 1st B T b. n. MCRD San Diego, 92140. He is in basic training and expects to get his first leave in March. Hansen was inducted into the Marine Corps on Nov. 29. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Egeland and family moved to the former Maggie Herum house in Wallingford from Estherville. Clifford took his father, Amos Egeland, to Rochester Monday morning for medical attention. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Egeland and family left for Fairbanks, Alaska, where he will be stationed in Service. They expected to arrive by Jan. 21. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Osher, Susan and Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Egeland were recent dinner guests in the Dora Refsell home. FREE | EDEC 50 Extra Estherville | frit EC Thrift Stamps | { With $3 cash purchase & this coupon ••••• # Expires Wed., Jan. 31 lUM * { Limit 1 coupon per car rvt^*! * f Open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. jjj ^gJ * We Honor all Approved Credit Cards MHM g HAMMOND OIL CO. t£S2r f ***************** . GREEN STAMPS { I With $2.00 or More Purchase and This mmmmm I { Coupon Good Thru Wed., Jan. 31 I ife/fl I iOne Coupon Per Car Per Week Please) A { BRINK OIL CO. ^\ You are further notified that " 1619 Central Ave.-Phone 362-9006 - Estherville J any action to set aside said j All Credit Cords-Open 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | will must be brought in the dis- — — — — — —— — — ~~- trict court of said county within one year from the date of the second publication of this notice or any such action thereafter will be forever barred. \ Dated this 11th day of January, 1973. Mary Petersen Clerk of the District Court By: Dorothy Welton, Deputy SEAL : Anderson & Pelzer Attorneys for said Estate Date of second publication 24 day of January, 1973. (Jan. 17, 24, 1973) ******************************* * * * t * DM IMF ESTHERVILLE l/UUDLE THRIFT STAMPS With Purchase of S2.00 Or More And This Coupon Thurs., Fri., Sat. - Jan. 25, 26. 27 J Not Good On Charges Or # Contract Accounts. f COAST TO COAST STORE ******************************* * * FREE PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY — THRIFT STAMPS WITH EVERY PURCHASE' Be ESTHERVILLE DRUG PRESCRIPTION SPECIALISTS OPEN 9 TO 6 DAILY SUNDAYS 10 TO 12 — THURSDAYS'9 TO 9 WEDNESDAY THRU SATURDAY SPECIALS! QUANTITY RIGHTS RESERVED HEET GAS LINE ANTI-FREEZE CANS Hamilton Beach BLENDER Model 616G $24.88 List 33% OFF List Price ON ALL COLOR FILM PROCESSING COLOR SLIDES-MOVIES-COLOR PRINTS Compare Our Prices! Deluxe Silk Finish Don't Accept Less Than Our Quality. (Except Black & White, 8 x 10 Enlargements, Special Kodak Work and Special Orders) 2 DAY SERVICE Jet 10-Oz PLASTIC TUMBLERS - $ M Pkgs. ANACIN Stereo 8-Track CARTRIDGE TAPES OOUHR THURS.-FRI.-SAT. January 25, 26, 27 Desert Flower HAND ft BODY LOTION $2.50 List 8-0z. Size 100's Scotch HAIR SET TAPE Fnr ^ 69* List PREPARATION H SUPPOSITORIES All 10$ CANDY BARS Lady Sunbeam QUICK MIST HAIR CURLER $19.95 List Model HC 200 Curity 94* List 300's I 50 ESTHERVILLE I THRIFT STAMPS I With This Coupon and Purchase' of $5.00 or More. Wednesday Thru Saturday January 24, 25, 26, 27 _ Not Good On Advertised Specials Good On Cash Purchases Only! NOT GOOD ON DELIVERIES . ESTHERVILLE DIUG CO. I I I I -1

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