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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Fritco mayor proud of Sicilian descent 'it's now chic to be Italian' By MURRAY OLDERMAN SAN FRANCISCO (NEA) It Is very chic now, says Joe Alioto, to be Italian. "It's very chic to be Sicilian, too." Joe Aliolo's face has the gleam of a [rush, natural olive. "It implies he says, "that toe movies' all-time gross second only to the 'Sound of Music1 involves the fascination the American public has with things Italian." Joe Alioto beams. Put a little cotton stuffing in his mouth; put vowels on the end of his words. He could almost play The Godfather, too, although the Idea would be anathema to him. "If you took the Italian chap- ter: -sit of that great big book of culture called Western Civil- he proclaims, "you'd have a damn thin volume." Joseph Lawrence Alioto Is proud. And emotional. And sen- sitive. He's Italian, of course, by descent, and Sicilian. His father came over on, the boat in 1897. His maternal grandpar- ents were native Sicilians. One of his sons is married to a Sicilian. SHOCKED It still shocked him when he was linked by inference to the Mafia, in an article by the de- funct Look Magazine In 1969. He sued for libel. (The million suit has gone through two mistrials, the second of which ended just recently.) He also came under civil and criminal prosecution in the state of Washington fof fee- splitting, although this had nothing to do with his being Italian. Joe Alioto could have been ruined. Don't forget, here was a man who had placed Hubert Hum- phrey in nomination for presi- dent at the 1968 Democratic convention. Joe Alioto himself was prominently mentioned as a vice-presidential possibility, governor of California or U.S. senator either seemed an eventual certainty. Alioto still doesn't rule out the possibility. After all, while still under indictment, with the Washington state case being tried in the middle of his cam- paign, he was re-elected mayor of San Francisco last year by twice the margin he won in 1967. TYPE CAST He's type cast, with his crisp white shirts, his natty gold cuff links, his tailored dark blue suit, his "well-fed look, his afler-shave glisten. The set fits him, too. City Hall is trimmed In gold leaf and Room 200, the Mayor's Of- fice, leads down a carpeted hall to a wood-paneled, sanc- tum with a traditional big ma- hogany desk. Just five years ago, Aliolo never thought this was what his life would be about. At the age of 51, he became a politician. He claims it was a freak oc- currence. His friend, Gene Mc- Ateer, who had declared he was running for mayor, dropped dead on a handball court. The Incumbent mayor was forbid- den by his doctor to run again." MAYOR "A man named Harold says Alioto, "was left. In my law practice I found out something about Harold Dobbs and made a determination he was not going to be the mayor of San Francisco. I wouldn't Levescjue criticised on stand HULL, Que. (CP) Guy Saint-Pierre, Quebec minister of induslry and commerce, criti- cized the Parti Quebecois Mon- day for "giving up the battle by not fielding a candidate in the Nov. 15 rerun of the provin- cial byelection in Gatineau rid- ing. Rene Levesque, PQ leader, should have taken advantage of the campaign to eirplaln to the people how he hopes to elect 55 members In the next provincial election, Mr. Saint-Pierre said. Mr. Levesque said in Mon- treal during the weekend his parly could expect to elect 55 members if a party convention in February produces realistic policies. He also said if his party does not take power, or at least become the official Oppo- sition by 1975, he would quit. "Good Mr. Saint- Pierre eald Monday. mind Harold Dobbs being the mayor of Whittier." Fifty-six days later, Alioto was the mayor of San Francisco. "It's a very dangerous busi- ness to be the mayor of a large he says, "if you're Inter- ested in going on in politics. The mortality rates are pretty high. But I don't regard myself as a political animal. There's nothing in my background to even suggest it." He was a nationally promi- nent trust-busting lawyer, a businessman and a banker most of his adult life. Also a do-gooder in the community who played the violin for relaxa- tion. "The bad thing in he muses, "is you have to take incredible abuse by people who arc well, I can't comment on the Look thing. DIRTY "And the dirty work. John Mitchell had an obsession with bugging peoples' phones. May- be he's so henpecked at home that he had to work out his aggressions with whatever he was doing at the office, which happened to be control of the most awesome power, the crim- inal justice process. "Nobody had a right to make the kind of attacks that have been made on me, that I'm a member of the Mafia. And to contrive such a criminal charge that a federal judge looks at two prosecutors and asks, 'Why did you even bring this And throws it out. "I don't mention this very much because to the average person, who doesn't follow things closely, if you eay, "They're trying to get you sound paranoid. "Then you have those epi- sodes of FBI people throwing bombs at the homes of private citizens. I don't give a damn if the man's name is Bonanno. An FBI man throws the bomb and you have two witnesses and he takes the 5th Amendment when you ask him about It. They ought to Indict the bum, not just dismiss him. "So this is a peculiar Depart- ment of Justice we have these days. I was talking this way two years ago and they Raid I was crazy." Does the mayor feel the Ma- fia accusation against him and the fee-splitting trials killed any aspirations he may have had for higher office? NO BONES "No. I have been beating these bums at their own game, right in the courtroom, so peo- ple are incensed at the perse- cution aspect. I make no bones about the fact that we're taking a very close look at the 1974 gubernatorial race." Meanwhile, there's the contin- uing job of being the mayor of one of the nation's glamorous cities. "The challenge of the he notes, "is exciting in places like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, at one time Philadelphia." And, of course, San Francisco. He proudly claims to have built 27 miniparks, promoted the spending of million to "beautify one Mar- ket Street. "We have the same problems of urban crisis everybody he concedes, "but our crime rate is reduced and real estate taxes have come down two years in a row. What we lack in this town is the for young people." HE'S THERE Put a cocktail reception to- gether, or a or a parade, and Mayor Joseph Ali- oto is there. In full, lone flour- ish. "Other mayors travel around with he says. "One of them has nine. We have a distinguished governor when he conies to San Fran- cisco, he has 14 bodyguards with him. I don't know where the hell he thinks he's going." He emphasizes his conclu- sion: "There Isn't any Mafia to this town, and every knowledgeable person knows that." FUHHIER FLEECED MONTREAL (CP) A fur- rier was robbed of at least worth of goods here re- cently, by thieves who ham- mered their way through a wall. Police said a sledge hammer was used. The burglars fled with 606 blue fox furs, 93 mink stoles and 14 grey fox fun. What Is The Good Of A Good Thing If No One Knows About It? Advertise Your Good Things In The Lethbridge Herald PHONG 3JM411 DISPLAY ADVBITISINO D EPT. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEPT. Wedneldoy, November 19, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 41 Pollution cleaner said discovered Mayor Joseph Alioto TOKYO (Reuter) Japanese scientists claim to have pro- duced a low-cost absorbent that can remove poisonous heavy metals in waste water dis- charged by industrial plants. The Beml-govemmental Na- tional Chemical Laboratory tor Industry said a series of tests has shown the new absorbent can remove more than 99.5 per cent of the heavy metals, such as cadmium, mercury and lead, in the water. The discovery could be a god- send for Japanese Industries, now being prosecuted with in- creasing frequency by the pub- lic for deaths and injuries caused by discharge of poison- ous waste water, and facing a government requirement that they meet all antl-poHution costs. A laboratory spokesman said the absorbent is nitro-humlc acid s o 11 d i f 1 e d by carboxyl methyl cellulose. The acid can be extracted at low ccst from low-grade coals such as lignite, wluch are abun- dantly available on the north- ernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido. Nilro-humic acid now Is being widely used as i material for soil enrichment and compound fertilizer, a spokesman said. Its strong absorbent qualities bave long been known, but practical application nai pre- viously been a problem a> It was easily soluble In liquid. This has been solved by transforming it into pellets with the cellulose, the spokesman added. Tesls showed that a small amount of the absorbent In a glass tube could remove all traces of cadmium from of waste water. The add pellets could be used "almost as absorbing capacity could be easily restored by washing them in hydrochloric acid or a salt solution, the spokesman laid. 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