People, Apr. 15, 1957

Names make news. Last week these names made this news:

Alabama's high-piled (6 ft. 8 in.) Governor James Folsom, though a strong states' rights man, made a sensational offer to the Federal Government. On April Fool's Day, Kissin' Jim, clowning it up for the benefit and merriment of Birmingham reporters, announced that all of Alabama's National Guard helicopters were available for the asking to President Eisenhower for "golfing, fishing, hunting or whatever else he might need them for." Explained Folsom to his predominantly Democratic constituents: "[Ike's] health, time and welfare are worth more to the people of Alabama than all the helicopters...

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