Nation: Wallace Quits

Farewell to the "pointy heads"

When he returned home from the National Governors' Conference last winter, Alabama's George Wallace was downcast. He was a "has-been," he told reporters, no longer the center of attention.

That was hard to bear. For nearly two decades, Wallace had been an inescapable irritant in American politics, like a fly determined to become part of the ointment. He had first served as a state senate page at the age of 16, but he seemed to have few prospects then. He sold magazines from door to door. After a stint in...

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