September 14, 1998

George Wallace, the former Alabama governor who stood in the door to the University of Alabama and proclaimed, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” died today.  Mr. Wallace brought the state of Alabama to the forefront of the civil rights movement during the Sixties.  In his daring actions in favor of segregation he brought national attention to the plight of blacks in the Old South.  Not only did he help the black race, but he served as a great political adversary.  Having gone through an Alabama History class while living in Alabama, I can tell you this man was probably one of the most interesting in recent political history.  After serving his term as Governor of Alabama in 1963 through 1966, and being unable to run in the 1966 election due to state law, he talked his wife into running.  He told voters that he would stand by her side and read over her shoulder and, basically, make all the decisions – she would just sign the bills.  She won.  After her death in 1968, Mr. Wallace went on to win elections as Alabama Governor in 1970, 1974 and 1982.  Throughout all this, he campaigned for the office of President of the United States and received strong support.  On May 15, 1972, as Governor Wallace and his second wife, Cornelia, were in Laurel, Maryland for the presidential primary there, he was shot five times by a would-be assassin.  The injuries would paralyze him.  But he still went back to Alabama and won, once again, the office of Governor in 1974.

And now for something completely different…

The judgement of a person’s aesthetic features serves as a piece of gold sifting equipment.  The basics of such a piece of equipment include only taking a handful of sand from a riverbed or other place where gold is suspected of being and placing them in a pan with small holes in the bottom.  Through vigorous shaking – at a medium pace – the sand fall through the holes in the bottom of the pan back into the river and large pieces of more valuable material, including gold, remain in the pan.  The use of aesthetic features as a basis for judging one’s future friends seem to serve in much the same way.  Not as much for the person doing the judging as for the person being judged.  Another’s choice not to take part in my life as a friend based solely upon my outside appearance lessens the time I waste with that person only to find their superficiality in other circumstances.  

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