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July

28

1983

July 28, 1983



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Diary Entry - 07/28/1983

Thursday, July 28, 1983

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Jack Kemp now knows I’m mad. He’s against us on the I.M.F. increase but promised he wouldn’t work against us. He’s been working his head off. Phoned our W.H. electrician—he & his wife Penny. They are at a Pittsburg hospital with their 14 month old daughter who had a successful liver transplant this morning. Last Sat. on my broadcast I told of children like Candy & one Ashley Bailey who are weeks away from death unless donors could be found. I gave a phone number for anyone who could be of help. They’ve had over 3,000 calls from 46 states. Five children have had transplants, 2 people have received corneas restoring their sight. Poor little Ashley though is still waiting—none of the livers were compatible with her. Established our organized crime commission with Judge Kaufman of “Rosenberg” fame as chairman. Met with Minister Shamir & Arens of Israel. I believe they will endorse calling their redeployment the 1st phase of total withdrawal of forces from Lebanon. Lunch with V.P. Cabinet Council on the pleas for protectionism in steel & textiles. We just cant give in without setting off a wave of retaliation. A day for visitors. Stan Hamilton a Teke from my days at Eureka came by with his family. Hadn’t seen him in more than 20 yrs. Then a wonderful visitor (2) Mrs. Heil the lady who adopted the little Vietnamese girl whose picture was in all our papers a few years ago lying in a cardboard box on a Saigon st. Mrs. Heil moved heaven & earth to get her. Now Nhanny is 12 yrs. old, as American as apple pie. Mrs. Heil started a school in her home for Nhannys sake—teaching mainly children with handicaps. I was able to present her with $10,000 for her school our Pvt. Initiative group raised. Red Skelton & his wife came by. Leaders of Am. Hellenic Ed. Progressive Assn. brought me $100,000 for the Statue of Liberty fund. Mabel Detwiler 94 yrs. old came in. She was cook in dormitory at Eureka when I was washing dishes there. In East room spoke to Nat. Council of Negro Women. I believe I’ve found friends to counter Ben Hooks. Dropped in on a farewell party for Ed Harper.