|The Peace Prize...
A few weeks later, the Paulings were relaxing with friends at their Big Sur ranch
when they were surprised by a knock on the door. It wasn’t often that anyone made
it out to the isolated cabin on the coast. The caller was a forest ranger who said
that he had taken a phone message from the Pauling’s daughter Linda, who asked him
to fetch her parents to call her back. There was no phone at the Pauling’s cabin.
Linus and Ava Helen, worried that some sort of family emergency had befallen, walked
the mile up the hill to the ranger station. When they got Linda on the line, she asked,
"Daddy, have you heard the news?" When he answered no, she said, "You’ve been awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize!"
It was a pleasant shock. There had been much talk about Kennedy receiving the Prize
for his test-ban efforts, but Pauling was caught off-guard. A string of phone calls
came into the ranger station from reporters and supporters, then the press began to
arrive by car. For years Pauling had been snubbed, attacked, insulted, and investigated
because of his peace efforts. Now he was being honored. Not only that, but Ava Helen
reminded him that he was now the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel
Prizes. He was jubilant by the time he arrived back in Pasadena, giving interview
after interview, taking care each time to recognize the efforts of Bertrand Russell
and the others in the international peace movement.