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WHEREAS, this true Southern gentleman was the navigator whose skillful direction steered this body through many turbulent waters onto a straight and purposeful course; and
WHEREAS, this body fondly recalls Senator Givhan's folksy but apothegmatic sayings, such as: “Never go back on an old friend to make a new one" and “This little bill isn't controversial-it just amends present law”; and
WHEREAS, Senator Givhan's wit and personal charm endeared him to all, whether friends or mere acquaintance, and particularly to the members of the legislature; and
WHEREAS, Senator Givhan exemplified humility, great dignity, loyal representation and outstanding statesmanship; and
WHEREAS, Senator Walter C. Givhan served since 1943 as a board member of the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation and as secretary-treasurer thereof since 1954; and was a mason, a member of the Royal Arch, a Democrat, a Methodist, a member of Central Chapel at Central Mills, and member of the Sigma Nu fraternity since 1921, which recently bestowed its 50-year pin on its distinguished brother; and
WHEREAS, we shall miss profoundly the wisdom and counsel of this great leader, Senator Walter C. Givhan, whom we have long admired and revered and have been honored to call our friend throughout many years of close association; and
WHEREAS, this legislature feels that words are inadequate to pay the proper tribute to this great but humble man, who was so dear to us, and whose many contributions to this great State will serve as a living monument to Senator Givhan; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the State of Alabama has suffered a severe loss in the passing of one of its most beloved and distinguished leaders who has contributed so much to the progress and development of this State and the well-being of its citizens. We deeply mourn the death of our good friend and able colleague, and extend our heartfelt sympathy to the members of his family whose sense of loss we share.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to his wife, Geneva Y. Givhan of Safford; his daughter, Mrs. Helen W. Lyons of Selma; his six sons: Walter H. and Samuel P. Givhan and James E. Whidby of Safford, Frank T. James of Birmingham, Joseph H. James of Alexandria, Virginia, and Glenn K. James of Uniontown; and to his three brothers: Edward H. Givhan of Rainsville, Joseph P. Givhan of Mobile, and John A. Givhan of Safford.
Approved May 18, 1976.
Time: 11:30 A.M.
Act No. 5 H.J.R. 16—Falkenburg, Gafford, Roberts and the
Entire Membership of the House of
Representatives HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING LOUISE FLETCHER ON WINNING THE PRESTIGIOUS ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
WHEREAS, Louise Fletcher's moving portrayal of Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" captured the coveted Academy Award for Best Actress of the Year for her; and
WHEREAS, Louise Fletcher is a native born Alabamian from Birmingham where her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Robert C. Fletcher, reside; and
WHEREAS, Miss Fletcher attended Glen Iris School and graduated from Ramsey High School in Birmingham, and attended All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg, Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, after two years at All Saints the talented Miss Fletcher continued her education at the University of North Carolina where she became a Playmaker; and
WHEREAS, Miss Fletcher's thespian abilities first surfaced when she taught Sunday School to the deaf children at her father's church by employing sign language and action to spread the message of the gospels; and
WHEREAS, Miss Fletcher has appeared in television series and movies over the years and now her perserverance, dedication to excellence and artistic professionalism have culminated in winning the Gold Globe Award and the elusive Oscar for her outstanding performance in the Academy Award
studded film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; and
WHEREAS, Miss Fletcher, married to film producer, Jerry Bick, and the mother of two sons—John, age 13, and Andrew, age 14, resides in West Los Angeles; and
WHEREAS, the radiant, green-eyed, brunette daughter of Alabama has reached the pinnacle of her career and is an inspiration to her peers and audiences alike; and
WHEREAS, the people of Alabama are proud of Miss Fletcher's many achievements and wish to honor her; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we most heartily congratulate Louise Fletcher on her well-earned recognition in winning the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actress of 1975 and we sincerely wish her continued success in all of her future endeavors.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That copies of this resolution be sent to Miss Louise Fletcher and her parents, the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Fletcher.
Approved May 18, 1976.
Act No. 6
H.J.R. 17—SonnierMcCorquodale, Malone,
McCulley, Kinsey, McMillan, Cooper.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
NAMING THE TENSAW RIVER BRIDGE IN HONOR OF ADMIRAL RAPHAEL SEMMES
WHEREAS Admiral Raphael Semmes should be considered among this nation's greatest naval officers and as one of Alabama's most prominent citizens; and
WHEREAS Admiral Semmes began his distinguished naval career by commanding the heavy guns at the Battle of Vera Cruz during the Mexican War; and
WHEREAS Admiral Semmes served his beloved Alabama bravely and valiantly during the War Between the States. Raphael Semmes commanded the "Sumter" which captured seventeen merchant ships in the West Indies and along the coast of South America. As commander of the “Alabama”, Semmes destroyed a Union whaling fleet and a federal steamer; and
WHEREAS Raphael Semmes served his state in peace as well as war as a lawyer, newspaper editor and as a military professor; and
WHEREAS this legislature wishes to pay tribute to this memorable Alabamian; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the Tensaw River Bridge on Battleship Parkway on United States Highway 90 shall henceforth be named the Admiral Raphael Semmes Bridge and that appropriate markers be placed thereon.
Approved May 18, 1976.
Act No. 7
H.J.R. 20—Robertson, Gregg, Drake HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT THE BOARD OF CORRECTIONS SHALL DEVELOP AN INMATE WORK FORCE CAPABLE OF CONSTRUCTING STATE FACILITIES
WHEREAS it is the intent of this legislature that the Board of Corrections shall immediately begin to develop an inmate work force capable of constructing prison facilities projected to be needed by the Board of Corrections and also capable of constructing other needed state facilities; and
WHEREAS the inmate work force should at all times be under the proper supervision of the Board of Corrections; and
WHEREAS the inmate work force should be developed in conjunction with Ingram Trade School; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That it is the intent of the legislature that the Board of Corrections begin immediately to develop an inmate work force with proper supervision capable of constructing facilities projected to be needed by the Board of Corrections and also capable of constructing other needed state facilities.
Approved May 18, 1976.
Act No. 8
H.J.R. 4-Rich HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION WHEREAS, in this Bicentennial year the Spirit of '76 should be felt by all members of the Legislature, and
WHEREAS, the Spirit of '76 Singers exemplify the true patriotic spirit that we all share, and
WHEREAS, a performance by these singers would certainly start our session in 1976 off on a good note
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, THE HOUSE AND SENATE CONCURRING, That today, May 4, 1976, at 1:30 p. m. we shall go into informal recess to hear these singers perform.
Approved June 16, 1976
Act No. 9
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION COMMENDING JAMES BROWN FOR HIS BRILLIANT CAREER AS A SOUL MUSICIAN.
WHEREAS, James Brown is a shining example of the great American dream that came true; in his childhood days, he picked cotton after school in order to supplement his parent's income and today he is the most popular soul musician in the country; and
WHEREAS, James Brown is a great showman who has described himself as “75% businessman and 25% talent"; in addition to performing, he is a songwriter, arranger, choreographer and clothes designer; and
WHEREAS, James Brown's single records have averaged over a million a piece in sales, with four of them selling over 20 million;
WHEREAS, James Brown has made great contributions to society by using his success to encourage young people to stay in school and get an education; and
WHEREAS, James Brown typifies the adage that hard work is the key to success; he works 335 days per year.
WHEREAS, the Legislature of Alabama wishes to commend such an outstanding American as James Brown and express its good wishes on his future endeavors; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That James Brown be commended and congratulated for his successful endeavors as a soul musician.