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Nevada State Journal (Newspaper) - March 29, 1977, Reno, Nevada Flitch Bun away Rocky Honored Supporting Oscars Won by Straight Robards HOLLYWOOD UPI Peter Finch was named best actor Monday night for his performance as the demented anchorman of Network Finch who died a few weeks before the nominations were announced is the first actor to win an Oscar posthumously Faye Dunaway who played the shallow and ambitious television executive in was named best actress prize fighter was named best movie and John G Avildsen won an Oscar for directing it The movie's star Sylvester Stallone was nominated for best actor and writer of the best screenplay but lost out on counts Although nine posthumous Oscars have been awarded in the history of the Academy Awards none has gone to a performer The previous posthumous nominations in this category Spencer Tracy for Guess Who s Coming to in 1967 and James Dean twice for East of Eden in 1955 and Giant in 1956 came long after the actors had died Neither 01 them won Network won two additional prizes Beatrice Straight was named best supporting actress and Paddy Chayefsky wnn an Oscar for the best screenplay written directly for the screen Miss Straight won for her portrayal of William Holden's spumed wife Holden also had been nominated as best actor for his role in the film Jason Robards was named best supporting actor for his role as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in AD the President's the story of the Post's expose of Watergate The film won three other art direction In a highly emotional moment Finch's See OSCARS Page 2 Col 2 PETER FINCH best actor top actress Cause of Air Crash Sought This is a daylight view of the KLM 747 jumbo jet Cruz de a American 747 Sunday which collided on the runway of the airport at Santa Shock Reno Incline Ely Las Vegas Residents Die In Crash By DOUG MCMILLAN Shock and grief from the worst air crash ever struck especially deep Monday in four Nevada communities Seven Nevadans all of them happy and looking forward to a Mediterranean cruise boarded a Pan Am 747 jumbo jet Saturday in Los Angeles One day later they were among 574 screaming persons trapped in the fiery wreckage of two jumbo jets melting on a in the far-off Canary Islands Five of the Nevadans were confirmed dead Monday The other two were missing and presumed dead Family and friends were awakened with the tragic news in the wee small hours of Monday morning in these Nevada RENO Seacrist 67 of Reno and Hawaii widow of the late Wayne Seacrist Sr who rose from manager of the Sprouse Reitz store in Ely to be Qie number two man in the nationwide chain Her son is Wayne Seacrist Jr of Modesto a former University of football player and now central California manager for Sprouse Reitz He received a letter from her Monday telling him what a good time she was having and bow much she was looking forward to the trip It arrived after he received confirmation of her death Charlotte Waltz of 1210 Gordon Ave another Reno widow whose husband Ed Waltz was a prominent Nevada cattleman until his Her Jack Lund of Stockton Calif learned early Monday morning that his mother was missing in the crash He said then he didn't have much hope that she survived Her name appeared on the list of dead Monday afternoon ELY Ann Beards 74 of 425 Stevens Ave also a widow had a friendship with Mrs Seacrist for the 27 years since the moved from Ely to Reno She and Mrs Seacrist were travelling together The two friends had been planning winter vacation for along time Mrs Beards widow of Albert Beards closed her Ely store Lucille's Dress Shop a few years ago after owning the business for 40 years Mrs Beards was missing and presumed dead INCLINE VILLAGE Hoyt in his 50s who built a successful chain of pest control businesses in Nevada California and Colorado while working as an airline said for Pan Am the airline operating the big Boeing 747 in which he met his death He sold off many of his branch pest control offices and retired to his condominium home at the lake But he continued to devote See NEVADANS Page 2 Col 1 Sabotage Control Tower Error Ruled Out By Probers SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE Canary Islands AP Spanish authorities on Monday ruled out sabotage or control tower error in the collision of American and Dutch jumbo jets that killed 575 persons in the greatest tragedy of aviation history There were conflicting reports on how the Boeing of Pan American World Airways and the Dutch KLM airline collided on the runway of this Spanish island Sunday afternoon American Spanish and Dutch in- were probing the blackened ruins of the jetliners Both planes were diverted to the Santa Cruz airport because of a terrorist bomb explosion earlier at the air terminal at Las Palmas on a neighboring island that had been their original destination bodies of the victims were placed in a hangar near the runway U.S officials said their first concern was to arrange for ment of the Pan American victims back to the United States One of the American survivors Jack Ridout of Alpine Calif said in a telephone interview I've never seen so many dead bodies There was nothing but burning gasoline and burning metal I picked up as many persons as I could before the plane exploded Nearly all of the victims were American and Dutch vacationers KLM officials reported all 248 passengers and crew members on its jet perished in the flames and explosions A Pan American spokesman said there were 70 survivors including the pilot from its plane but 326 were killed 317 passengers and nine crew members Both jetliners had been chartered by groups of vacationers Pan American said most of its boarded the flight in Los Angeles for a Mediterranean holiday and 14 joined the group during a in New York officials reported four of its passengers were Americans It identified them as Mr and Mrs Don Gillis and Mrs Terry Twist and her daughter Melissa all of Rochester N Y Spanish officials said both planes were preparing to take off from the single main runway that has parallel taxiways Santa Cruz is plagued with fog and authorities said visibility at the time of the accident was 60 feet Under U.S standards visibility for takeoffs and landings at American airports is set at a quarter of a mile but a Washington official said this could be adjusted to as low as 700 feet if the airport had the proper tronic guidance equipment Despite the Spanish government's statement there was no control error a key factor in the investigation appeared to be permission for the KLM let to take off while the Pan American plane also was taxiing for departure Spanish officials reluctant to comment said the pilots of both planes had been told to taxi down the same runway with the KLM craft in the lead They said the KLM pilot was advised to turn around and prepare for takeoff but was to hold his position until given clearance Pan American jet was to turn off at a taxiway and line up behind the KLM jumbo they said adding that the accident occurred as the KLM craft was moving down the runway at 150 miles per hour and the Pan Am plane was turning onto the taxiway KLM in Amsterdam said the reasons were completely unknown for this nightmarish accident He said there could have been a failure in communications with the control tower a misunderstanding or pilot error The Spanish Civil Air Ministry said it had found no fault in com- between the control tower and both planes and although was fog the airfield was not under minimum takeoff conditions It said four other planes had been diverted to Santa Cruz's Rodeos airport because of the bomb explosion at Las Palmas and all had departed safely An left-wing Spanish group seeking independence for the Canary Islands asserted responsibility for the Las Palmas bombing Douglas Dreyfus head of the U.S government's investigating team declined to comment on the Spanish statement He said the survivors would be questioned Dreyfus also said the cockpit voice recorders and flight data records should reveal the conversations between the captains of the two planes and the control tower No Ban on Snowmobiles Karen Quintan Is 23 Today WASHINGTON UPI Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus told the nation's seven million snowmobile owners Monday the government does not intend to impose an all-inclusive ban on the use of those and other vehicles on public lands Andrus issued a statement following growing complaints arising from last week's disclosure mat the cabinet level Council on Environmental Quality was proposing tightened controls over trail bikes and other vehicles on federal lands I want to reaffirm what I told the International Snowmobile Industry Association when 1 met with them earlier this Andrus said What I said applies to all kinds of off-road recreation vehicles as well as to snowmobiles We will continue to exercise our present to close some public lands to use by off-road vehicles where they are causing harm to soil terrain wildlife resources and other public values i il.u right to die was established in a landmark state court decision is 23 years old today Her parents Joseph and Julia Quinlan who visit their daughter daily since she lapsed into a coma April will join other family members for Nativity Mass at the Morris View Nursing home She is in an irreversible family lawyer Paul strong said Monday She a persistent vegetative state Irked at Welk ESCONDIDO Cam i AF Some residents of a local trailer park had harsh words for landlord Lawrence Welk when they received notices raising their rent by as much as 42 per cent The senior citizens have made Lawrence Welk all 40 million of Joe Moss 69 a retired interior decorator said He awes everything he's got to the senior citizens who like his music and we expect more of him than this Woody Herman Injured suffered a broken right leg Sunday in a head-on crash inside the Ft Riley Military Post preventing him from giving a concert at Manhattan Kan Herman driving alone had been on his way to the concert at Kansas State University when the collision occurred Today's Journal 3 Sections 36 Pages Amusements Horoscope 26 Classified Health Column 11 12 Markets 10 25 Sports Comics Crossword Deaths Editorials Focus State News 28 11 TV Log TV Scout 12 4 Vitals 11 2
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