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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TUMday, LETHBRIDGE GEORGE WALLACE; no different from what I was you people just saw me wrong when you saw me as being against Negroes9 MONTGOMERY, (NEA) As part of a college class assignment here recently, a white man went apartment hunting with a black woman. That in itself is interesting in the deep south. By TOM TIEDE, Second of three But fascinating is the fact the man was George Wallace Jr., son of the fabled governor who once vowed to keep the races separate on college assignments not to mention, God forbid, in apartments. Times have changed. Today Wallace Jr. is rubbing elbows with the former "enemy" in the schoolroom and Wallace Sr., is shaking their hands in the statehouse. And everybody in the nation is wondering why. The story is that the 1972 attempt on the governor's life, which left him paralyzed, also left Wallace a better man. Friends say there is a new George Corley, a more compassionate Wallace. The man who once said he'd never be "outniggered" in politics is now seen by associates as a renovated spirit, a kindly man for all the people. No doubt, as Tuscaloosa truckdriver Ray Stevens says, "not many white folks believe that but a growing number of blacks seem to be convinced. Black Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee calls the reconstructed Wallace a "great man." Black civil rights leader Charles Evers of Mississippi says the governor "may be another Lyndon Johnson." In Wallace's recent primary campaign for a third term, a Birmingham black newspaper supported him, a statewide black political group gave him its favor, and almost one in four of the black people who turned up at the polls voted him another four years. Wallace, of course, is overjoyed. Without once personally alluding to any attitudinal change toward the CAREERS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY CONTACT B. MAGEROWSKI, Manager 327-2104 SECRETARY TREASURER! APPLICATIONS are invited for the position of Secretary Treasurer of the Taber School Division. Experience in ac- counting, school and public relations desired. Salary negotiable depending upon qualifications. Duties to commence August 1 or 15. Submit applications to: JAMES L. GEORGE Superintendent of Schools Taber School Division No. 6 Box 1239 Taber, Alberta MANAGEMENT TRAINEE We won't stop until we find him: the man who can help us take charge of our McDonald's Restaurant in Calgary and run it like it was his very own. A successful applicant will be a self motivated individual who relates well to people, has basic business intelligence, and is willing to work hard to realize his ambitions. Candidates please submit, in writing, a detailed resume, m confidence to: McDonald's of Calgary McDonald's Restaurants 15 Lake Twintree PI.S.E. Calgary, T25 2X4 If you want an opportunity to work in and experience north NORTHERN CANADA POWER CQKMSSNM HASCHENINGSFOR: 2nd Class Stationary Engineers (3rd Class Considered) Electricians (Journeymen) Lineman {Journeyman) (ApprenJrices Considered) Welder (Journeymen) MillrigM (Journeymen) FOR ITS VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES commit-ssion oilers present rates crt 72 per hour 1or the above positions, plus a northern location ditterential payment The above salary rate to be rs-neootiaterj m September flotation assistance is provided Married and single accommodation at reasonable rates Very generous fringe bene'rts are including 3 vacation par year, transportation paid H von inlereMTl m any dine above positions please send a resume PERSONNEL OFFICE NORTHERN CANADA POWER COMMISSION P.O. BOX 5700, STATION "V EDMONTON, ALBERTA T6C 4J8 races, thus without personally alienating his hardcore white support, he is reaping full benefit from what others say or imagine. "I'm very happy with the black he grins. He should be. As Wallace the unreformed he had no chance to play anything but a burr-in- the-britches role in national politics; as Wallace the redeemed he may be a formidable threat. The national threat makes many blacks shudder. No widely known Negro save Charles Evers has spoken in Wallace's behalf. Indeed, every major black organization is opposed to the man. Most major black individuals are too. In one of his kindest remarks about the Alabama governor, Rep. John Conyers (D Mich.) says: "I unequivocally reject him as a nominee for either of the top parties." And perhaps, most blacks in Alabama probably feel the same. Says Montgomery political activist Joe Reed: "I wish I had the divine power to make him walk again. But politically, I think he's a bad, bad man." Still, the truth is his black support is growing. Reed calls it a follow-the-leader syndrome: "A black farmer who has hated Wallace all his life is suddenly hearing on the radio that Wallace is changed. He's suddenly seeing Teddy Kennedy and Scoop Jackson come down to shake the man's hand. He keeps hearing this and seeing this until it can't help but affect his own thoughts. Pretty soon he may get to thinking, hey, well, maybe I've been wrong about old George." Besides this propaganda phenomenon working on the minds of blacks, there is also the element of political pragmatism. Tuskegee's Ford, as example, makes no mystery of the reason he supports Wallace: "Because Wallace is the Governor. Because he's got the power and money to help Tuskegee." After Ford introduced Wallace in glowing terms during a 1973 black political conference, he approached the appreciative governor with a pitch for some new civil defense funds. Naturally, he got them. Pragmatism: just like the white folks teach it. Too, there is a historic third element among blacks which works in George Wallace's favor. That is that, like whites, Southern Negroes tend to be conservative. Black leaders may be militant but black followers are often suspicious of change. "Sometimes it ain't safe to vote another guy says Wendel Robbins, a black textile worker. "Wallace ain't killin' us and he been a governor a long time. Who knows what somebody else'd be like. Look here. I got a job, I pay my rent. I'm okay. I don't want to start rockin' the boat now.'' The latter sentiment is looked on with particular disgust by anti-Wallace forces in Alabama. Says Reed: "It's like saying that when Hitler was in office, somebody else could have been worse so the Jews should have supported him." Nobody in the last decade, adds Reed, could have Four stranded on atoll for 52 days BALLINA, Australia