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!nuOry 15, 1978-The Michigan Daily

4 r i an atu
hty-Eight Years of Editorial Freedom
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News Phone: 764-0552
d nd managed by students at the University of Michigan

HHH fought

for life

A doer


}PHREY got a little
4 : collar one day early
Stold a reporter that


-I better not take him
fle, Humphrey, was a
s history in the, last

s not a politician to
FCarter was feeling his
stration's first big
ngress, and Humphrey
rged in a great many
i utes that were good
little deflating to the
lon. *And Humphrey.
and for Carter's con-
vas dying, but he still)
ht as bitterly as any
irne. He slanted the
primary to point up
fatholicism. Kennedy
helped tear his party
i its presidential nom-
h ifeated once, he tried

again in 1972, when everyone was hop-I
ing he would shut up and stay home.j
And he made dreadful mistakes: he re-
fused to reject Lyndon Johnson's tragic
Vietnam policy in 1968, and his cam-
paign that year was sloppy, hindered by
a candidate who wanted to be every-
where at once and all things to every-,
one. Many American liberals, including;
many in this town, grew to despise him'
for his compromises.
Adulation has come his way in
decline and death, not because he was'
always right, not because he was above
political chicanery and shoving. He
should be remembered as a statesman
who weathered the crisis of liberalism
with a hard-nosed belief that you had tol
have the power to help people, that
ideological purity without political skill
helped nothing but one's own intellec-
tual ego. He showed that politics is a
fine tool when infused with his sort of
spirit. He had things to do and he did

one to wallow in pity, Hubert
Humphrey in his final days never
gave up hope.
Almost to his death, aides told
reporters that the senator from
Minnesota hoped to return to
Washington, although no travel
plans were discussed.
THE PAIN and reality of ter-
minal cancer would not dissuade
this man from saying last Oc-
tober, "I'm not about to have
somebody cover me up. I'm not
about to get lost."
Humphrey's last days at his
home in Waverly, Minn., were
filled with nostalgia but little
business. He chatted by
telephone with President Carter
as well as former Presidents
Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
and also called old friends, in-
cluding one of his former school
teachers in his old hometown of
Doland, S.D.
One or two staff assistants,
traveled each day the 40 miles
from Minneapolis to Waverly to
conduct routine office business.
But otherwise, Humphrey saw
few visitiors because Qf the
danger of respiratory infections.
ON CHRISTMAS Day, his four
children and ten grandchildren
sat down to a turkey dinner, wat-
ched home movies, and sang
carols for visiting news
Humphrey's last trip to
Washington was on a cold Sunday
last October when virtually none
of his close friends expected him
to return to the nation's capital.
He was gaunt, frail, and in pain:
But Congress was struggling,
Jimmy Carter needed him, and
Hubert Humphrey was back on
the job.
He arrived in Washington
aboard Air Force One, as Car-
ter's guest, and declared his
determination "to raise as much
hell as I can."
BESIDES, he quipped, how
could he refuse the ride? "I've
been trying to get on that air-
plane for at least 20 years."

Humphrey admitted that the
worst day of his life was when he
was first told he had cancer. But
as any student of Humphrey
knows, there was nothing, in-
cluding news like that, in which
he could not find hope.
"You have to believe you can
win this fight," he said. "You
have to gear yourself to the con-
tinuity of the struggle, knowing
that there will be days when you
don't feel so good."
THERE WERE many such
days in the last months. The
chemical treatments he received,
some of them experimental, were
unusually strong and painful. But
he consented to all the doctors
could throw at him, partly in the
belief that his experience could
prove valuable to future cancer
Meanwhile, the inexorable but
lingering nature of the disease
gave the nation the opportunity to
express its feelings while Hum-
phrey could still return the
salutes-and they came by the
The Senate and the House had
special Hubert Humphrey days;
a new Health, Education and
Welfare building was named af-
ter him, millions of dollars
poured into a fund for a Hubert H.
Humphrey Institute of Public Af-
fairs at the University of Min-
nesota, a project that threw him
repeatedly into tears of joy.
He was hailed as "the most
loved and most respected man in
America" by Vice President
Walter Mondale, who flew Hum-
phrey home to Minnesota for the
last time in December.
the world he had been comforted
often by Humphrey's private ad-
vice, and said, "I'm proud to be
the president of a nation that
loves a man like Hubert Hum-
phrey and is loved so deeply by
The House of Representatives
shattered precedent in November
by convening in special session to
honor Humphrey, and Speaker
Thomas P. O'Neill told the
assembled that Humphrey was
the "little man's greatest
Governors in 32 states
proclaimed Dec. 2 "Hubert
Humphrey Day." Hundreds of
communities, civic organizations
and business and labor groups
declared him their man of the
year and bestowed similar
WELL-WISHES poured in from
throughout the world, including
some communist nations. In
Poland, party chief Edward
Gierek took the occasion of
President Carter's visit to Poland
to extend his "respect and sym-
pathy" to Humphrey.
Television performers, like
Redd Fox, took time out of their
programs to salute Humphrey
via the airwaves. Tributes were

flashed on the scoreboards of
football stadiums during
nationally telecast games.
Gerald Ford came back to town

on Dec. 19 to present an award for
Humphrey's efforts to stop
famine in the world, saying, "I
can't think of a nicer reason to be
in Washington than to see you."
mama - - amanem m

--Daily Archives
The many faces of HHH
Humbert Humphrey has been in the public eye for over 30 years. In the;
picture above, he is shown campaigning in Detroit during the 1968
elections. At left, he gave University students a look at his famous,
speechmaking style, also while campaigning for the Presidency in-
1968. And below, he is holding one of his grandchildren's hands on
Christmas Day, just three weeks ago.


e-no, don't smoke!

- Daily Archives

jLLY people these politic-
How can you trust a
_h, with one face, tells
sp smoking, and at the
tanother face, uses fed-
"sidize the growing of

cation and Welfare
y Joseph Califano last
r.e plans for a federal
duce the number of
uihs country. HEW's
r new antismoking ad-.
igns on TV and radio,
in federal buildings,
m smoking education,
xes on cigarettes.
Califano proposes a $5
- e in spending on an-
- to his chagrin, per-
hD rtment of Agriculture
o nding $80 million in
3. price supports to the

, ongoing since the Surgeon General
made his fateful report on cigarettes in
1964. But when faced with the discrep-
ency this week, in the new light of in-
creased antismoking spending, federal
.officials hemmed and hawed and dan-
ced around the issue.
Before any money is sunk into a new
HEW campaign to stop smoking, the
government should eliminate tobacco
subsidies. If politicians and other of-
ficials can't face that prospect, then
they should drop their plans for an anti-
smoking campaign. Otherwise they're
just doing the old tax dollar shuffle.

negative action?
budget cutbacks and pleas
for increased state funding, it
seemed pretty clear that the last
thing University officials needed
on their hands last week was a
complete withdrawal of federal
funding. were it not for a quickly
negotiated concilation agreement
with the U.S. Office of Civil
Rights (OCR), however, that's
exactly what would have hap-
pened last week.
Because of the University's
non-compliance with certain
federal affirmative action regu-
lations, which was determined
during a visit by an OCR resear-
ch team to the University last.
December, an officer from the
civil rights office warned Univer-
sity President Robben Fleming
on Dec. 30 that if agreements
could not be worked out by Jan.
16 to correct the deficient areas,
the school would face the danger
of losing its federal funds.
Fleming reacted by sending
University representatives to
meet with OCR officials in Chi-
cago last Monday to work out
solutions to violations which in-
cluded the Tniversitv's lek of an

protection of human
rights being set in the White
House this year; and with the
much discussed Bakke Case
taking up a good deal of time re-
cently on the national agenda, it
seems somehow predictable that
the subjects of rights and dis-
crimination would be loudly
brought to the table locally.
And, predictably, when the sub-
jects were raised, it seemed no
one could agree on what to do.
Presently before the City Coun-
cil is a comprehensive anti-dis-
crimination ordinance proposal
that protects people against
everything from discrimination
on the basis of the traditional
race, color and creed to discrim-
ination because of pregnancy,
personal association or source of
income. The ordinance, as it
stands now, is more comprehen-
sive that that of some larger
cities including Detroit. And that,
say some councilmembers, will
cause problems.
Councilman Roger Bertoia (R-
Third Ward), who called the or-
dinance's supply of protected.

agreed on the first reading of the
ordinance last Monday to delete
"personal appearance" and
"political affiliation" from the
list because those categories
were too vague, warned after the
meeting that he would veto the
ordinance if it was weakened any
"I intend to see that this ordi-
nance stays the same as it-
passed," hizzoner said. "If I have
to, I'll veto it."
And as we've witnessed in the
past, Wheeler probably means it.
crooked copycats
F OR THOSE who miss the joy
of curling up with a solid
tome instead of the flimsy course
packets now in vogue for various
courses on campus, a new copy-
right law may bring back the
The new law, S.22, raises the
question of "fair use" of copy-
righted material and threatens
the lucrative packet business at
local copy shops. John Forbes,
manager of store operations at
Albert's copying, said that he's
not worrying too much about the

AP Photo
EARS PRICKED up all over
campus when it was heard
that one of those LSA committees-
was thinking very, very seriously
of toughening up the college's
distribution requirements.
Committee members were
looking hard at distribution plans
B and C. (B is the one that re-
quires you to take courses that
pursuei"analytic, moral, and:
aesthetic" modes of learning. It's;
only been around for a couple of:
years. C requires two courses irr
humanities, social sciences, and
natural sciences.)
"I oppose plan B completely,?
declared history prof Milts
Thornton, a member of the com-
mittee. "It is genuinely nefariots
and ought to be eliminated. It'sI
not a distribution plan." Thoar
nton said students can get by witb,
plan B and not be exposed to the-
areas of study that are "essentil-
to a liberally educated person."
Several members also:
suggested that three courses in
stead of two be required in each?
plan C area. If you want flex!-
bility, opined assistant LSA Dean
Eugene Nissen, be a BGS. What it
all comes down to, said Thornton,



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s in his announcement
tismoking campaign
, al antismoking group
the Secretary for fail-
gh with the proposals.
pus, have a right to be
ent must organize and

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