WELL LET, LET ME GET OFF THAT SUBJECT AND GO ON… YOU DID REALLY DEVELOP A VERY PERSONAL AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH DR. KING, UH, TELL US YOUR ANNIVERSARY STORY AS AN EXAMPLE.
Well, you know uh, people looked upon us as being on two sides of the street - that we were enemies, which we never were. I respected Dr. King, Dr. King respected me - we had a, a mutual understanding of each other. Uh, for an example - we'd been in the Civil Rights Movement for some time, we'd been in a lot of turmoil in Albany, a lot of tension; we were being housed in the hotels. I hadn't been home in three or four weeks. One day I was in a conference with Dr. King and Reverend Abernathy uh, my secretary brought a telegram in uh, opened it and read it, and evidently I must have showed some sign of distress. Dr. King says - what's wrong Chief Pritchett? And I said, well, I just handed him the telegram, and he said - do you mean this is your anniversary? It was from my wife wishing me a happy anniversary. I said - that's right. He says - you go home, take your wife out to dinner, enjoy yourself, nothing would happen in Albany, Georgia today or tonight - in the morning at 8 o'clock, we'll take up where we leave off. I went home, had a nice anniversary, come back the next morning, and we presumed our uh, battles.