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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, March 18, 1971 - THI LETHBRIDOt HIRAID - ff Businessman parlays good will with U,S. troops into big contracts NEW YORK (AP) - When U.S. combat troops began deploying across South Vietnam in 1965, digging foxholes and setting up tents in the searing heat, an obliging businessman named William J. Crum was often eager to provide basic comforts: beer on credit, bar snacks, the loan of a cooler, or sometimes a slot machine to pass the time. Crum parlayed this good will into lucrative contracts to supply the hundreds of servicemen's clubs that mushroomed across the country. "Bill's the sharpest operator in the country," a rival entrepreneur commented in 1967 after he had lost the contract for a whole infantry division's clubs to Crum. The Shanghai-born American .businessman, who with his glass eye and limp shuffled around Saigon like an old seaman, quickly widened his circle of acquaintances. They soon included American generals and senior diplomats. His sumptuous riverside villa became a hideaway for the American brass to relax from the cares of the war and prying reporters. But the 52-year-old Crum closed out his Saigon villa late in 1970 and slid from view as surreptitiously as he had arrived five years earlier. And as he hid out, a U.S. Senate subcommittee heard testimony charging him with being "the money king of Vietnam." He was portrayed as a super- salesman who maniuplated bribes, kickbacks and human weaknesses into a Vietnam war fortune worth $40 million. Crum surfaced Tuesday night in a television interview. He was interviewed on his yacht in Hong Kong harbor by Mike Wallace for CBS-TV's 60 Minutes. Crum denied charges that he paid former Brig.-Gen. Earl Cole $1,000 a month, making it possible for him to store slot machines on army property, bring into Vietnam freezers without duty, and permit raids on his competition. "It's an out and out lie," he commented when told of the charges by the former general manager for two of his sales operations, Jack Bybee. Crum has so far successfully avoided subpoenas and requests to appear before the Senate subcommittee. SMITH'S Mike Miskulin tMiTOS Colo a TV ' l_YO�"� .1= HOTfL *1= PARKING Gerard Plettell Conrad Plettell ^1 cintm. viuAor luiiiimiinmimiiimniimrr. CLOSED ALL DAY MONDAY OPEN THURS. and FRI. TILL 9 P.M. # ## A little over a year ago, Zenith introduced Chromacolor. A totally advanced color TV system with a color picture that fully illuminate^' every color ddt on a jet black background to bring you a color % picture that outcolored, outbrightened, outcontrasted and outdetailed every giant-screen color TV before Chromacolor. Now the biggest breakthrough in color TV comes in small, medium and large. 20" COAVAa CHROMACOLOR B4030W.Th�EdcHngton Newest member of the Chromacolor family, with all the brilliance and realism of the Chromacolor picture in a compact cabinet that fits in right where you want it. 25" GIANT-SCREEN CHROMACOLOR The famous Zenith Chromacolor system also comes to you in giant-screen fine-furniture consoles and smartly styled table models that are ideal for full family viewing. 26" SUPER-SCREEN CHROMACOLOR 100 B4707W�The Bering _____1L B4746DE*Th�Paima A new, more advanced Chromacolor system with a more powerful handcrafted chassis and a more brilliant Chromacolor picture tube-featuring color TV's biggest picture. r The qualify goes in before the name goes on Remember, only your Zenith dealer has Chromacolor! SMITH'S RADIO and TV CENTRE COALDAIE PHONE 345-3272 SMITH'S FOR COLOR TV and APPLIANCES 236 !3rh STREET NORTH PHONE 328-2235 ;