An Excerpt from Gil Robinson's:                                       

International Publishers, Inc.



I have known Dwight Eisenhower for many years. As Editor of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, I have watched the progress of his career with more than casual interest. My liking for him stems from the fact that he knows no “swank” – the self-importance with which some prominent persons make themselves offensive.

Some people believe his friendliness and grin are “put on,” like the politician who suddenly takes to kissing babies. Remember, I knew this man before he became famous – and I assure you that he has not changed a bit. He was just as warm and friendly as he is now.

During the height of World War II, when he was commanding all the Allied forces in Europe, he wrote me that when he came home he hoped his friends would not address him by any fancy titles, but they should call him “Ike” and added, “If they do not I shall feel greatly hurt.” He came home and they called him Ike, and he felt comfortable because of it.

On June 4, 1945, at the homecoming celebration here in Abilene 30,000 persons poured into this 6,000 population town and he was besieged by governors,congressmen, prominent citizens of all types. Yet he took time out to visit an old friend now bedfast, to call on a teacher of his elementary school days, and to go down the street to the little cafe where he and his boyhood cronies used to gather, and shake hands with the proprietor and chat for a little while.

A friend gave a luncheon and with old time familiarity he insisted on going to the kitchen and seeing what the waitresses had for the table. They were delighted. Those are the things that men with “swank” do not do. He does these things naturally and unconsciously, and that is why he is loved wherever he is.