Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Werfnaiclny, November mo THE ICTHBRJDGE HERAID Owns Kanu Bui No Time To Enjoy ll Alberta Real Estate Tycoon Wanted To Be Fanner ACTOR TURNS PRODUCER Movie oclor Cornel Wilde, 45, has changed from learning scripts lo writing them in ihe inferesis of ecology. Mr. Wilde was in Tor- onlo lo preview his film No Blade of Grass, which deals with man's continuing barbarism against himself and his environment in ihe form of pollution. Diplomat Needs Strong Nerves In Red Capital r.DMONTON (UP) Stan Mellon always wanted to be .1 farmer, but he's spent the last 25 years helping oilier people find farms. lie finally got his own 1'arm three years ago, but as head ol Alberta's largssl real e.s- lalc company he has little lime for il. Mr. Melton louk over an eight-max operation from his father in 1945 just as Edmon- ton started to boom. The firm, now called Mellon Real Eslale Ltd.. prospered as the population surged and soon extended its operations to Calgary, then moved into another growing weslcrn city, Saskatoon. It was one of the few real estate companies in the ffest lo show a substantial increase in 196'J profits despite the high interest rales and light-money policies that have hurt the in- dustry in general. For a long time, however, Mr. Melton regarded his busi- ness career as a temporary occupation to sustain him until he was ready to buy his own [arm. As a youngsler in Edmonton he looked after goats and chickens his lather kept to supplement the family in- come. DAD KEUDGD HELP His real estate career bigan abruptly when he returned from service with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in the Second World War. He was yanked into business, Mr. Melton recalls, because his father dearly needed help. While overseas Cpl. SJelton had married an English girl and they now have seven chil- dren. Mr. Melton's father became ill later in 1945 and Ihe son MOSCOW fCP) Robert Ford is by nature a quiet, sen- sitive individual with a high degree of literary talent and a scholarly manner that sug- gests the campus rather than the hot seat as Canada's top representative in the centre of Ihe Communist world. "You have to have fairly strong nen'es to be a Western ambassador in the tall diplomat said in his mod- estly furnished office which cwilrasLs with Ihe elegance and charm of his adjoining residence. "This is a different kind of post. There are many irr.'la- tions. The road distance be- tween cities is enormous and you are somewhat isolated.'' But the Ottawa-born ambas- sador, whose father, the lale Arthur Ford, was editor of the London Free Press, thrives at his job where in seven years he has become one of the most popular of the Westem envoys. VISITS ABE liis expert knowledge of tlie Russian language and his love lor Russian ooetry and have added lo his warm rela- tionship with the Soviel people hut the Soviet government still keeps ils distance, invit- ing Ford and other Western ambassadors lor only the oc- casional visit to the foreign ministry. As vice-dear, of the diplo- matic coips, Ford, 55. and his Brazilian-horn wife, Thereze. preside at many lavish dinner parties where [he envoys ex- change VIEWS and titbits of in- formation they have gleaned from Soviet authorities and Ihe few public disclosures of Kremlin political activities. In contrast to the drabnoss and greyness of Moscow and its inhabitants, the Ford resi- dence sparwes with ils luxuri- ous surroundings. A precious collection of silver decorates HIP dinner lahle and Ihe re ceplion rooms. A Finnish maid and Portuguese servants carry the delicacies of a French chef lo the blacktied guesls. Tiic conversation at the (able usually flows in French to eliminate awkwardness for I hose envoys who may not be at home in Hie English lan- guage. The envoys and Ilieir wives usually express Ilicir delight Ihe Soviet people and their irritations wilh So- viet political policies AUK HARK Getting plumbers, eleclri- cians and other tradesmen quickly is a rare achievement in Moscow. Soviel mililiamen gimrd the embassies and are considered to bo not only guards bul spies. Indeed, ail Western embassies arc con- vinced dial many of tljeir pirn Soviet employees rcporl back to Inch' superiors regularly on embassy visilors and activi- ties. Ford tries to tio what he can In belter Soviet-Ca- nadian relations. There arc occasions when Ihe Russians blow hot and cold on Canada. There are few llussian Ian- books on Canadian ai- lairs and most llu.ssians iflcn- 1 took- over the business. 1 He declined to disclose his i salary as president of Melton or Ihe value of bis personal I holdings, but there's little I doubt that his company is bealtny. Listed on the Vancou- ver Stock exchange, it had net earnings of or 15 cents 3 share in 1969. In the first six months ol this year earnings were compared with in the same period last year, but a report to shareholders said about Sfl-j.OQO was earned last year from non-recurring sources. As a result, the six-month lify Ihe maple leaf with Cana- dian hockey. know the maple leal means hockey because I hay see hockey on said l''ord. "A few documenta- ries about Canada have been seen on TV but very b'ttle has been done to translate and distribute Canadian literature in the Soviet Union." Occasionally rtusian au- thorities harangue Ford and his staff about the imbalance in Soviel-CsiiEdian trade. 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