agreed that they would never give me broadcast rights. We went to them one by one, and every one said `No’.” The Liberty Broadcasting System did not own any stations. As for the present, 14 years later, McLendon said: “I own six stations, in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Buffalo, Chicago, and San Francisco. We have the sales rights to sell time for a radio station in Tijuana, Mexico, that covers all of Southern California.” The Observer had been informed of a report that McLendon was interested, also, in a radio set-up for broadcasting into a European country from extraterritorial waters. McLendon said he had no other radio interests, other than those he had mentioned, but acknowledged he has been seeking radio interests in Europe. “We tried to get ’em, but we didn’t make it. We’re still trying,” he said. R.D. Big John Wayne Comes to Texas Da//as John Wayne, who flew into Texas last week to campaign for “my old friend, Gordon McLendon,” for the U.S. Senate, is best and most recently known in Texas as one of the heroes of “The Alamo.” Wayne’s appearances attracted a good deal more attention than McLendon’s when Wayne was with him. About half the thousand or so people who showed up for McLendon’s rally welcoming Wayne to Love Field in Dallas were teen-agers. Wayne obligingly handed out pre-signed autographs on little white cards, and his Hollywood sidekick, Chill Wills, sent color photographs spinning out above the heads of the screaming fans. The photographs were of Wayne, not McLendon. The broad-shouldered star did not want to be mistaken as a Democrat, just because he was in Texas campaigning for a candidate for a Democratic nomination. “He’s a Democrat, and I’m a Republican,” Wayne said at McLendon’s Dallas headquarters opening, “but I think that the kind of Republican I am and the kind of Democrat he is had better get together.” Wayne told a little more about the kind of Republican he is before a banquet crowd in Dallas for McLendon. “If Harry Byrd or Strom Thurmond wanted me, I’d walk from here to Nome and back for them,” he said. He blasted the Democratic Administration for giving aid to Tito and for “taking the air cover off the Bay of Pigs.” And he said: “I charge that the Congress is too willing to give up its balance of power to the administrative department. The Administration is too willing to bring every decision to us through newspapers and TV and have us make decisions for ’em. I’d like to see somebody up there who will make decisions.” Just what Wayne means by this thought can be more clearly divined from Thomas B. Morgan’s article about him, entitled “God and Man in Hollywood,” in Esquire Magazine last May. Morgan said Wayne, “America’s best-loved superpatriot,” believes “the country is being ruined by `democracy.’ ” He quoted Wayne directly on this subject. “Obviously,” Wayne said, “government is the enemy of an individual. . . . Our country used to be small enough so that a man who’d proven himself and who had some understanding could get himself sent to Congress and the people back home would just go on about their business believing that whatever he’d do would be good enough for them. Those were the days when Congress chose the President. Now, though, we’ve got this democracy and the politician kowtows to whomever wants the most. Instead of going in and running his office the way he should, the politician appeals to the popular vote, that being the mob vote. Believe me, this can ruin America.” Keeping in mind that this article appeared in May, 1963, well before the events of last November, one can obtain from it further insights into Wayne’s kind of Republicanism. Discussing attempts to make “The Alamo” an historically accurate movie, Wayne told Morgan: “See how we treated Santa Anna. He wasn’t all bad. . . . You know, he was quite a boy. He got a charter of freedom for the Mexican people that was a lot like ours. But then, when he took over, he pulled a Kennedy and started grabbing the power.” Wayne also blamed U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk for telling Truman “not to go all the way” in Korea, for being “the one who wouldn’t fight the thing all the way in Cuba,” and for “putting up a coalition government with the commies in Laos.” “Listen,” Wayne was quoted, “all we’ve got to do is bring 400 Nationalist Chinese One has a certain difficulty presenting both sides of the current race for the Democratic nomination for governor, namely, the fact that only one of the candidates, Don Yarborough, has been active. The other, Governor John Connally, is going about here and there on official business, but he has not made speeches that are recognizably political. The phenomenon is causing some of the interest and speculation that friends of the governor suggest he is trying to keep wetted down by maintaining his silence about his challenger. Gov. Connally told the Dallas News last month that he would stay at his desk and carry out his duties. “Actually, I believe that is the best type of campaigning. . . . Now I have a record and they can judge me by it,” the News quoted him. He has held to that policy, although he will be making more speaking and civic appearances from this week on. In recent weeks, he has gone to Quanah to join in tributes to Sen. George Moffett, over here and train them at SAC and give them the equipment they need and they’ll keep Red China so busy they’ll have to tell Russia to stop.” Back in Texas, Wayne, having berated the way our leaders “bring every decision to us,” continued: “I was gonna say ‘something’s got to give,’ but I’m beginning to hate that word, ‘give.’ ” Anyway, he said, Gordon McLendon is “a real friend, a staunch one. As we say in Western movies, he’s my kind a man, and I think he’s your kind of man.” Responding, McLendon said of “Duke,” that is, Wayne: “He is so deeply interested in your problems here in this state. . . . Duke sat up with me for many an hour, many a night, many a day, dreaming about the picture ‘The Alamo.’ If I ever do get to the U.S. Senateand I bloody well am gonna get there!this is gonna be the first man I name an honorary TexanDuke Wayne!” The McLendon-Wayne party flew around Texas last week in the private airplane of Clint Murchison, Jr., the Dallas multimillionaire. It has been announced that Bob Cummings, another Hollywood actor, will act as pilot for McLendon as the campaign really gets going. Cummings, however, will not make any speeches. Chillicothe, who is retiring; requested a U.S. House subcommittee to provide funds against screw-worms in Mexico; participated as Mrs. Lyndon Johnson was given an honorary degree in Denton; told delegates to the National Petroleum Refiners Assn. in San Antonio that local and state governmental activity is the answer to a growing federal government ; and addressed the West Texas chamber of commerce on tourist and industrial development. He told Walter Mansell of the Houston Chronicle that he will ask the legislature in 1965 to abolish the state ad valorem have the money. The tax raised $42.4 million last year, of which $35 million went to the available school fund. Mrs. Connally was host at the Governor’s Mansion to hundreds of women from around the state who gave teas and coffees April 17, 1964 9 Connally’s Quiet Spring
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