JOBS AND GOVERNMENT
WHEN I WAS Attorney General of Georgia, I continued to live in Newnan, which is forty miles from Atlanta. Commuting that distance is commonplace in the East, but presents some difficulties in the South, and the Arnall household owned only one car. Within the first month of my term in the Law Department, I had been reduced three or four times to catching a ride to Atlanta as best I could. Thereafter I became a systematic hitchhiker, and I never failed to catch a ride that put me in the State Capitol at the opening hour.
I enjoyed the business of catching a ride to the city. Naturally enough, there were drivers for whom I became a fairly regular customer; but there was ample variety among those who generously stopped for the traditional jerk of the thumb, and most of them had other passengers.
During that period, America was preparing an army and an industrial establishment for war, and out of the conversations with Georgians who were riding to new war plants or to induc-