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On March 17 President Jim-
my Carter came to Wake Forest
for what was billed as a major
speech on foreign policy and
national defense. The students,
unfortunately, were on spring
recess at the time, but Wait Cha-
pel was filled. Carter talked
about the modernization of
America’s “strategic systems”
and the revitalization of “our
conventional forces.” He warned
the U.S.S.R. against using “politi-
cal blackmail” and gave as the
primary goal of his administra-
tion the prevention of nuclear
warfare. He was accompanied to
the campus by his wife Rosa-
lynn, his son Chip, his daugh-
ter-in-law Caron, his grandson
Jimmy III, Secretary of Defense
Harold Brown, National Security
Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski,
and Secretary of Commerce
Juanita Kreps. Also in the audi-
ence were North Carolina Gov-
ernor Jim Hunt, Senator Robert
Morgan (J.D., 1950), Congressmen Steve Neal and Charles Whitley
(B.A., 1948; J.D., 1950), and Mayor Wayne Corpening.
I was on leave during the spring semester, following President
Scales and Dean Mullen in taking advantage of an administrative
sabbatical offered by the Board of Trustees. My wife and three
children and I rented a house in Cohasset, Massachusetts, in easy
commuting distance of Harvard University, where I did research in
the Widener Library on the English Romantic poets, especially
Keats and Shelley. I returned to the campus only three times: once
for President Carter’s address, once for a Board of Trustees meet-
ing in March, and to speak at the funeral services for Professor
Emeritus A. Lewis Aycock.
President Carter, leaving Wait Chapel after a “major” address
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