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December 3, 1996

I hope the U.S. flag will be flying at many homes and businesses Saturday to commemorate the bombing of Pearl Harbor and other targets in the Pacific on December 7, 1941, by Japanese warplanes. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his declaration of war before Congress on the day after the attack, solemnly pledged that the date would "live in infamy" because of the enormous treachery of the aggressors. In recent years there seems to have been a tendency to change that view and to shift much of the blame for provocation to this country. Those who lived through that period and remember the events leading up to that attack on December 7, 1941, will never be misled, but their numbers are thinning.

It is important to remember that period of time accurately to help insure that we maintain a stout national defense posture and never again lay ourselves open to the scary possibility of such a crippling blow. "Let's remember Pearl Harbor" should be more than just a battle cry that helped arouse a woefully innocent country a half-century ago. It should remind us how perilously close this country came to a national calamity through lack of preparedness. Be proud of the flag and fly it at every opportunity.

Such historically significant dates as December 7 often make us wonder what it would be like today if they had not occurred. Certainly Pearl Harbor Day propelled this country into a new era and led to dramatic changes in our social, ethical, philosophical and industrial life. Some say that's good, but others maintain that we gave up too much to reach the point where we stand today. Is anything good about war? Pacifists say any peace is infinitely better than any war. What do you think?

Georgia Curtis would like us all to know that she's still in business at the same location in the old Elite Hotel building on the north side of the square. Clyde Speer has purchased the building and announced plans for reopening the hotel in a grand style. For starters he had the exterior of the building cleaned and restored to something like the original buff brick finish. Georgia's recent auction was to dispose of her antiques and collectibles on the second floor, where the hotel will be located, but many people thought that meant she was closing out her entire inventory. No, Georgia says, that was just to clear her things from the upper story, and it will not affect her ground floor furniture and antiques business for at least another year.

Many folks in this area were surprised to hear this city named on the Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford "Live" show last week. At the midway point station break, Regis told the viewing audience that their next guest would be a "makeover lady from Perry, Oklahoma." When the program. resumed, Linda Burns made her entrance from the wings and was interviewed by Regis and Kathy Lee. She was attractively made up and attired, and when it was noted that she has nine children, she said she and her husband want still more. She was a good interview subject, and it was nice to hear the name of our little city and someone from here on a national cable TV show that morning.

Don Tetik adds a footnote to the recent column about "Famous Department Stores" in Perry and in Burkburnett, Texas. Don says there also is a Famous store in Anadarko. When he was in that city a few weeks ago, he learned that at one time there was a kind of loose alliance among the Famous stores in Oklahoma and Texas. It was not a chain store operation, but apparently there was some connection to enable things like quantity purchases for discount purposes.