Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, YOU TOLD US A STORY, WE'RE JUMPING A LITTLE AHEAD, ABOUT GOVERNOR BARNETT TELEPHONING YOU AFTER THE COURT OF APPEALS HAS REVERSED JUDGE MISE'S DECISION. UM, COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT AGAIN, WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAID TO YOU?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Governor Barnett telephoned, uh, me at my home one evening and it was prior to uh, my being served, processed to attend court. And the, the gist of his conversation to me was to stand firm; that uh, I would have the backing of the governor uh, if I would just uphold the Southern way of life. And uh, I recall the Governor did say that uh, we'd fought and died for our way of life and uh, I suppose I was a little over emotional myself at the time. I was uh, um, in the middle of the thing and I was wrong in some sense if I went one way and I was wrong in another sense if I went the other way. I felt very insecure and I, I do recall I suggested to the governor that I'd already dodged a lot more bullets than he had in defense of the country. Um, I, I really was uh, irritated at the fact that he would uh, put that kind of pressure on me and call me at my home.