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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

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The Years Pass By, B u t . . . Northwft'tt Arkamai TIMES, Sun., Aug. 25, 1974 FAYETriVILLE, A R K » N S A « _ 5A 18J Remains Fresh In Memories Of The 'Johnson Boys' AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - Prcsi- d s n t l a l speechwrilers Bob Hardesty and Will Sparks had just, gotten to the office, drowsy from a lale night of framing words for Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society," when the President called. Nearly burned out by Johnson's .major-bill-a-day pace, they, had finished their second speech of the night about 3 a.m. "It was just terrible and we .knew it," Hardesty recalls. "You know," the President said in a low voice, "I've got ambassadors going all over the world trying to get peace, and I've got a potential strike on my hands and inflation's getting out of hand, and I've really got more to worry about than a speech -- I can't write my-own. I need some help. "Now, do you think you can take this draft back and do something with it?" "Yes sir!" they chorused. "It was," Hardesty remembers, "just the little shot of adrenalin that we needed." LBJ's little shots of adrenalin will be one of the topics when his friends gather today on the banks of the Pedernales to celebrate a little early the late President's Aug. 27 birthday. A memorial ceremony at John son's graveside will be follower by a fish fry at one of John son's ranches, the Reguu place. .Johnson died Jan. 22, 1973, and about 20 of the "Johnson boys" swapped LBJ sloric' over breakfast at the Federal Building here last Aug. 27. Johnson's successors in Con gress, Homer Thornberry am J.J. "Jake" Pickle, were there. So were former White House press secretary George Christian; aid Tom Johnson; LBJ Library director Harry Middle- Behind At The Half oni Dean John Gronouski of he LBJ School of Public Af- airs; former Air Force One plot Jim Cross, and Hardesty, .vlio became Gov. Dolph Briscoe's press secretary. This year the "Johnson girls" ire invited -- Johnson's former secretary, Mary Rather; archivist Dorothy Territo; Mrs. Johnson's former press secretary, Liz Carpenter, and Mary Kaltman, who was White House housekeeper. WHILE MEMORIES FRESH Christian and the others are interested in putting Johnson stories on paper while memories refresh. Johnson once halt-jokingly told a Texas audience that he seldom thought of politics "more than 18 hours a day" -and at that rale in 37 years of politics lie left a treasure trove of stories. In recent interviews, several of Johnson's friends reminisced about what Middlcton refers to as the "yeasty and wonderful years" when Johnson was President. Cross, Johnson's military aide as well as pilot, remembers now Johnson's penchant for saving on electricily affected him. Although Cross headed a staff of more than 600, "My desk at the White House hac one light over it -- the rest o' the room was dark." John Gronouski, outgoing dean of the LBJ School of Pubic Affairs, was Wisconsin tax commissioner when he and others invited Johnson to speak at the 1802' Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. "A lot of people howled and cried in horror -- they looked upon him (Johnson) as a Texan from another country," Gronouski says. "Well, Johnson came to that dinner, and he die an extraordinarily good job of selling himself. . .on a one-to- one basis, no man in history could sell himself better than Lyndon Johnson." Hardesty vividly recalls when he was asked to write speeches for Johnson, a job he had hac his eye on since going to work or Gronouski in Washington. "Bill Moyers just scared the tell out of me. He said, 'You mow you could be the best spcechwriter in the world and t wouldn't suit Johnson's style.' " GOOD EDITOR 'Oh, my God," Hardesty thought. He recalls today that Johnson was "a good editor, when he had time lo put his hand to it." Johnson once introduced Hardesty and Sparks lo an incoming staff member as "the best speechwriters any president ever had." But lest they think it was their writing style he was referring to, Johnson added, "They've not tempera mental, they don't miss dead- incs, and they, don't get drunk Ihe night before a m a j o r speech." Hardesty and Middlcton collaborated with Johnson and others in writing the book on his presidency, "The Vantage Point." After Johnson's heart attack in 1972, Hardesty says, "he kept talking about other books lie was going to do -- one on his childhood, on Senate majority days -- but it became apparent that he wasn't going to do it. I just didn't think he iiad that much interest in it." On the day (Johnson died Hardesty wrote, "He was t h e greatest man I've ever known."MONDAY TUESDAY \ DAILY 9-10; SUNDAY CLOSED K mart Blasts Rising Prices with these Fantastic Discounts 2 Days Onfyl -SH ,atch for Our Ad in Next Sunday's Family Weekly On Henry Kissinger Two Newsmen Write A Book By JAY SHARBUTT I NEW YORK (AP) - It's not odd when reporters threaten to write books. Some actually do. But it is unique when t w o brothers, both globe-trotting CBS News correspondents, set out to write a book about Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and actually manage to finish it. The recuperating authors: Marvin Kalb, 44, CBS' diplomatic correspondent since. 1963, and his brother Bernard, 52, a w'af correspondent and Far Eastern specialist for CBS since 1962. Their 549-page hook, simply called "Kissinger," represents more than three years' work. II might have had a different title and a more cosmic approach had it not been for Madeleine Kalb, wife of Marvin. The Washington-based broth ers :had been thinking in early 1971 about doing a book on the Nixon Administration's diplomatic efforts on the mainland Chinese, Russian and lesser foreign fronts. ··"But as we started exam ining the Idea of hig-powei relationships, Kissinger's nami came up more and more,' Marvin said. "Then at dinne one night, my wife said, 'You Stale Auditors Find Greene County Defici LITTLE ROCK AP) -- Leg Islative auditors have notifiec Pros. Atty. Gerald Pearson o Jonesboro that three checks to taling about $2,500 cannot bi accounted for in an audit of th Greene County sheriff's office. Charles L. Robinson, head o tfie Division of Local Affair aria Audits, said in a letter t Pearson that unless prope documentation was provided, o full settlement was made, th division would call on the sure ty- bond of former Sherif James L. Cox for full restitu tipri. According to Robinson, Co had said that "he had no prio khowledge of the checks an did not authorize the writing o these checks." ·Pearson was unavailable fo comment. ·The legislative auditors be gan auditing the sheriff's offic after Cox was suspende recently from office by Judg A : 1 S. "Todd" Harrison « Greene County Circuit Court. Cox was suspended after h was indicted by the Greet County Grand Jury on charge which included corruption, i competency, inadequate invest gallons, possession and use rria'fijuana and chronic use alcohol. · The audit of the sheriff's o fice is continuing. Legislate Auditor Orvel M. Johnson sa ft. probably would be comple in four or five weeks. ow, I think you've got the cus wrong. ' 'It isn't really a book about reign policy in the abstract, s a book about Kissinger.' " And that's what touched off hat the Kalbs call 'a'n effort two journalists to report on e man and his central role in e history of our time." Most correspondents on the Somatic and foreign beats e ramblin' men. Their bags ways must be packed, their ot cards current, their minds eared for the sudden call that nds them roaring off to stay with, catch up on or beat e daylights out of the opposi- on. EXTREMELY DIFFICULT So how did the brothers fine me to write the book? "That was the worst part ol ," said Kalb the Younger We had no vacations, no eekends or nights off. It was n extremely difficult process r both of us. There were iany times each of us felt i as insane. But we just kept on oing it." The fact they traveled a lo nd had access not only to Kis inger but also major am .liddle-level world figures am iplomals through their CB! obs admittedly made the task f gathering primary sourci naterial far easier than i vould he for most historians. Marvin Kalb cited his broth r's trip to China last year a an example. He went there tc nterview Prince Norodom Si Hospital Board Transfers Properly LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Th itate Hospital Board ha agreed to transfer nearly 5 acres owned by the board eas of Interstate 430 here to th state Public Building Authority The PBA plans to use th properly as a site for a natura resources complex, which i one parl of Ihe PBA's $75 mi ion construction program fo ^ulaski County. The property has not bee used by the Slate Hospita Board. Pottr In Frisco? SAN FRANCISCO API Fugitive newspaper heiress P iricia Hearst and two Syi bionese Liberation Army mei oers may be hiding in a racia ly integrated neighborhood Los Angeles, according to pu lished reports. The San Francisco Examine a Hearst family newspaper, ported on Friday that inveslig lors are pursuing the possibili that the mother of a black S? Qucnlin convict has given r uge to Miss Hearst and Willia and Emily Harris. anoiik, deposed as leader of mbodia in 1970 shortly before U.S. military incursion ere against North Vietnamese d Viet Cong troops. 'And while Bernie was in lina, he talked to Sihanouk d Sihanouk's people at great ngth about that whole Cam- dian business, and Kissin- r's relations to Cambodia and Sihanouk," Kalb said. 'So in a sense,, we were very cky in having the jobs we aye, because in addition to ling our regular work, we iuld sort of peel off at nighl nd talk to 10 other people. "It was a great advantage it only because they were pri- ary sources. As an example, issinger could tell you the sun shining, but then you'd go nd talk with three guys who egotiated with him and they'd 11 you it's raining. 'And you've got to be very areful about that because he's ery good with words and enor- lously talented in the use of uance. You have to listen arefully to what's in between le lines." Kalb, who said iie briefly udied under Kissinger in the lid-lflSOs as a Harvard gradu- te studenl, said he did most of he research on the background ! Kissinger, his books and arli- les on foreign affairs, to "get fix on his mind and how he ·orks." MANY INTERVIEWS He said both he and Bernard -- who was off on assignment vhen Marvin was interviewed -- had "literally dozens and ozens" of interviews all over he world with persons who :new Kissinger or had worked r negotiated with him. Kissinger also allowed them 'seven or eight very long, de- ailed interviews on specific hemes," Kalb said. "We did it every two or three months." He ;aid there were also many ihorter interviews. The major theme, he added, vas Kissinger's "effort -- vhich he considered the most mportant thing in his life -- to ry and head off nuclear war ivith the Soviet Union. That was :he biggest issue." Which of the Kalbs did mosl of Ihe writing for the book? "Both," Marvin said. 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