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Â« Nw*iwÂ«* Ait*MÂ« T1MB, SWL, Mr Â«*v NT* Â«VÂ«mvim. *Â«Â«*Â»Â·Â»Â« " John Eisenhower Surveys Hi's life Haunted By White House By JOHN HARBOUR t attention, and that'Â» about 'The Bitter Woods." Within a John and Barbara Eisen- I think that's pushed him a the Watergate that hÂ«* marred peopl* think there will be. I The pleasant home in Val VALLEY FORGE. Pa. (AP) right. Dad was pretty much a few days Ike was dead. That hower were delighted with the little hard. If he wants to later the White House of Richard think inevitably the concentra- Forge seems to large for Between Presidents at the martinet when I was young, tn was in 1969. marriage. "We still are. But on, great. But I think it's put- Nixon. tton of power in the White John Eisenhowers now, wim By JOHN HARBOUR VALLEY FORGE. Pa. (AP) -- Between Presidents at the moment, John S. D. Eisenhower pauses now to survey his life, Â· life haunted by a big white house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So distant, it seems, from this knolly green countryside where the dogwood bloom in white and pink profusion and where nearly 200 years ago Washington bivouacked his beaten army and lost 3,000 men to the hitter, hungry winter. But for John Eisenhower. 51, the only surviving son of the 3*h President of the United States, the White House ii inescapable. It lurks in memory and in the (iles of presidential papers, and it returns vividly with the Secret Service agents escorting his son David and his daughter- in-law Julie when they visit. The Secret Service parks its bus on the Eisenhower lawn. Now he has finished his second book, this one a memoir entitled "Strictly Personal,' covering in anecdotes his history from birth through his sometimes unwilling adventures in!q public life to his final assignment as ambassador to Belgium. Sitting on his plush anc pillowed sofa in his tastefu living room recently, he told a visitor why the book ends in September 1971. "I wrote the introduction to the hook and set the arbitrar cut-off date before Watergate hit. You've got to have a cut-of: date at some point. I arbitrarily set it as my departure from public life. 1 don't expect to go back into government any more. In other words, here's the end of a public career." ANOTHER ERA "That automatically make: this book the story of anothei era," he says slowly. "But i I tried with every revision to keep up with the latest developments, with things happening so fast and still happening now 1 would have stopped in the middle of a scene anyway S o, perhaps fortunately Watergate is not in this book published this month. Bu Richard Nixon is, David an Julie ari, and of course Ike but Ike as his son saw him changing over time from Dad to "The Old Man," to "The Boss," and back lo Dad again. You can still see Ike in the eyes and brow,and maybe a trace of Dennis O'Keefe in John's earnest face as he stares out the window trying to fin words to explain his relation *hip with his father. "That first sentence in the book is that I was born standing martinet when I was young. In World War 1. he commanded tank brigade at Gettysburg ind his nickname wat 'Old Von Hindenburg.' "He was a pretty iron-jawed haracter.' A different personal- ty t h a n the picture the public had of him. He didn't have the grandfatherly look at all. He i big and powerful. He could chin himself five times with his ight hand and three times with was in 1969. But already events had assured that the White House would not go away. Dwight David Eisenhower II had married Julie Nixon. BEGIN IN COLLEGE They started going together n college, she at Smith and he nearby schools. at John Amherst. The Eisenhower ex- "Very strict. Also very interested. When he taught me the multiplication tables, he was always a perfectionist. Eight imes seven? Right now and no hesitation. Drill. Drill. Drill." But they did it together. "Oh, yes, we had fun." he says, his voice trailing off into memory. 'Every now and then." ARMY IN WAY Always, the Army got in the way. "He didn't have very much time for his family," the words are not bitter "And boy, I tell you I feared his wrath. L didn't cross him at all." At the age of 14, he remembers things changing abruptly r rnm a direct order relationship to something more mature. "He actually said. 'Well you're old enough to have some sense now. I'm not going to tell you what to do anymore.' . . . From t h a t time on, if he thought I was dressing a little sloppily, or staying out too late, or he didn't like my chasing around, he would couch his terms always in a reasonable and philosophical sort of way." But he was always there, Ike was, even when he was away. Even without direct orders, a son could pick up his wishes sort of by osmosis. "Dad never said I had to go to West Point," John remembers. "But 1 never h e a r the name of another school. I mentioned the Naval Academy one trme, and he turned purple. So I never did that again. "The military kept us in more rigid roles with one another t h a n it would have otherwise," says John Eisenhower, now a full colonel in the Army Reserve. "It was almost never entirely forgotten. Although I did caJl Dad 'Dad' to his face in the White House. Always.' "We really worked much better together when he got out of the White House. He had more time for my affairs, and we were almost on a co-equal status. . . . I was his exec and took care of a lot of odds and ends." He heard about his father's final setback on his car radio on the New Jersey Turnpike returning home from an author's luncheon for his first book. plains, were quite liberal, both in faculty and student body. David and Julie were of a conservative bent and "by and large these kids were outside the skunk works so to speak. . . . Nevertheless being sort of on the outs, they were automatically drawn together. marriage. "We still are. But the fact of Richard Nixon's being in the White House has caused untold complications in everybody's life. Under any circumstances It would, under the most delightful circumstances it would." When his son went into the Navy for a while, John was "personally delighted.... It got him out of the spin of things. "Personally I think people are being a little unfair with David when they -- and you don't hear it much any more -when they start talking in terms of his being President when he hasn't even had a job. on, great. But I think it's putting too much of a burden on him. It's a pretty unfair thing to do. He's trying to cam his first nickel." In * sense, the White House experience is history repeating itself. He remembers his wife's position when Ike was president. "David's in much the same position that Barbara was. The White House is such * powerful force . . . that he is of necessity drawn into the White House vortex. Just as Barbara saw ten times as much at my family as she did of her own. She was drawn into the White House vortex herself." He prefers not to talk about NATIONAL TRAGEDY "I can' add to the confusio on that one very much," he says carefully, sadly. "It's a national tragedy. It's been a trauma for me and the rest of us. for all sorts of reasons. We see a fella uke Maury Stans being tried, and he was a fella I really used to have a lot of respect for and still do. A very high regard for him when he was Dad's budget chief. Maybe that exoneration, that acquittal turned the tide a bit... It sort of restores my feeling that maybe sanity might prevail. "There may be come out of all some this. good Most tion of power in the White House has become greater and greater all the time . . . not by malice, not by design. . . . Congress was not doing their job. That's a power void that had to be filled. "Now Congress is going to assert itseh*. Whether it's going to have the diligence or guts to continue to assert itself is quest tionable in my mind. I think so far as (Watergate) goes, the bubble just happened to burst at this time. I can't think of those people I knew so well down there as being less honest or dedicated than people in another administration. I really can't." The pleasant home in Valley JVge seems to large for thÂ» John Eisenhowers now, with all but one of their four children married, none living at home. This year he becomes eligibl* for full retirement from tnÂ« Army, which will leave him with even more time on his hands. He plans no other activity but writing. : Now John Eisenhower is between books, as well as between Presidents. He feels hit major effort is still before him. ject will be. Perhaps it will bÂ» "The highest Level of Command" -- from the White House to 10 Downing Street to the Kremlin. Which at least enlarges the arena from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. British Butchers, Grocers Refuse To Use Killograms LONDON (AP) -- British housewivet don't like their meat and vegetables being weighed out in those foreign kilograms instead of good old pounds and ounces. Therefore. British butchers and grocers are refusing to go over to the metric system. And this,, says the government's Metrication Board in its annual report, is one reason why Britain's changeover to the metric system is running two years behind schedule. The board suggests that the government should name a date when all shoppers will be made to go metric. The target date had been the end of next year, but it would riot be achieved until early in 1978. the Board said. Stores, such as the butchers' and grocers', which weigh out foods in front of the customer, are unlikely to start using metric measures until they are legally required to do so. The government must remove the remaining legislative obstacles to metric change, the Board says. In particular, it should be made legal to sell in prescribed metric quantities all those goods, like sugar, which at present can only be sold in packages relating lo imperial quantities -- that's pounds and ounces. GOOD CHANCE On the broader front of industry, commerce and education as a whole, the board says there is a good chance that the change to metrication should be "substantially completed" by 1975 -- the target date set 1965. The momenum in the change to metric measures, which was lost in 1971, has not been re gained, the board warns. It says 1973 was a year of "steady but slow progress." Delay in carrying through the change from pints, yards, snd pounds to liters, meters and kilograms will have damaging economic and social consequences, the report emphasizes. Delay weakens Britain's competitive position in international trade and increases costs to industry by requiring dual production and dual in- Aftracti Bicyclists NEW YORK (AP) -- An an mal Memorial Day weekend event is Central Park's bicycle marathon, sponsored by Pepsi- Cola, which attracts bicyclists from all over the country. Nearly 10,000 compete most years, making it the most popular marathon of its kind in the United States. There is no entry charge and tt is open to all. The event was (farted in 1972 and goes on for 14 hours. The majority of the intrants are recreational rid- Â·rs. They rid* 25 miles or Â·tightly more. ventories. The report says that metrication is frustrating educators and raising costs. Strain is Deing placed on 'children and here is waste of teaching resources because both metric and imperial systems are being taught. MUCH PROGRESS The board stresses, however, that much progress has already been marie toward metrication. Many sectors of industry have almost completed the change, it says. All goods in druggists' stores are now metric, while moat new building is metric. In the engineering industry almost all new design work is in metric measurements, and the major freight operators use metric tariffs. On the consumer front, the board says that changes in textiles and clothing are starting and more and more consumer goods are being retailed with metric markings. Government departments, the board says, must do their part by specifying their purchasing requirements in metric measures. A major publicity drive to explain metrication to consumers is needed, the b o a r d emphasizes. A heavyweight advertising campaign began this spring. 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