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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - February 3, 1959, Long Beach, California                             CRASH KILLS 3 ROCK V ROLL IDOLS Plane Falls in Field Near Iowa Town Trio's Combined Sales of Records in the Millions MASON CITY, Iowa of the na- tion's top rock 'n' roll idols were killed when their chartered plane crashed shortly after taking off from the airport here early today. The trio, Buddy Holly, 22, of Texas, Ritchie Valens, 17, Los Angeles, and J. P. Richardson, 24, of Louisiana, known pro- fessionally as the had completed an engagement at the Surf Ballroom in nearby Clear Lake a short time before They were on their way to Fargo, S. D., for an appearance tonight. The four-place plane was chartered from the Dwyer Fly ing Service of Mason City. The pilot was Roger Peterson o Clear Lake, who also wa killed. CAUSE OF the crash was no immediately determined Authorities blamed weathe conditions. It was showing. Holly sailed to fame with hi recording of "Peggy Sue." The Big Bopper gained fame through his recording of "Chan tilly Lace" and the more re cent "Dig Bopper Wedding." Valens was identified as hav ing one of the current top hit a recording called They had appeared on vari- ous television shows and were idols of the'teenage set. Both Richardson and Valens had written some the tunes they recorded. STARTED singing -while still in high school and composed "Come On, Let's Go" which first established him as a jukebox favorite. He was scheduled to appear on the March 7 Perry Co mo television program, 'Richardson started out as a radio station disc jockey. Holly began his musical ca- reer studying the violin at age 4. He won an amateur con- test a year later, but by his high school days had switched tQ-the guitar. His interest in western music won him ap- pearances on several broadcast shows and in 1955 he came to the attention of recording of- f icials. His first click disc was be the foltowec by "Earling in the Morning1 and "Peggy Sue." Just releasec was his recording of "It Doesn" Matter Any More." HOLLY WAS married seven months ago. The other tw were single. A strong southerly wind and light blowing snow filled th air when the plane took of about 1 a.m. The Beechcraf Bonanza burned when it crashe in a Held on the Albert Juh farm 15 miles northwest o Mason City. Other members of the troupe which-appeared at Clear Lak (Continued on Page A-4, Col. 5 Tke Finetl Eveiting Newtpoper BEACH 12, CALIF., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1959 Vol. No. 2 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 26 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 HOME; EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Soviets Seize GIs, Trucks; Vincent Astor, Millionaire, Dies Son, 14, Raids tope Cache; U.S. Protests of Heart Attack Nab Parents Convoy Halted Within Sight of German Border BERLIN (AP) The Russians today held a U. S. Army convoy of four cargo trucks and five soldiers on the East German Autobahn within sight of the West German border. The con- voy was en route from Ber- lin to West Germany. The U. S. Army charged thai the convoy had been detained for more than 24 hours with the "obvious intention of creat- ing an incident" on the 110-mile lifeline. The Red Army was handed two stern protests and demands for immediate release of the men and trucks. NEW YORK Astor, 67, multimil ionaire socialite, businessman and philanthropist died of a heart attack early today in his New York apart ment. He had just recovered from an illness and was plan ning a trip to his winter home in Arizona. Astor .was the head of a family possessing one of the nation's oldest and largest for- tunes. He personally had inher- ited an estimated 75 million dollars while still a 20-year- old student at Harvard and this led him to be tabbed "the rich- est boy in the world" at the time. He was a great-great-grand son of John Jacob Astor, a Ger man butcher's son who came to this country almost penniless CARRIER DUCKS UNDER BROOKLYN BRIDGE America's newest attack aircraft carrier, USS Independence, has to tilt her mast to sail under the Brooklyn Bridge as she leaves Brooklyn Navy Yard on test cruise. Carrier, one-fifth of a mile long, is on Her way to the Atlantic for a series of tests that will keep her out until ICBM Boast :ails to Panic U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) he two defense fficials said today they do ot believe Soviet claims hat the Red forces can fire ntercontinental hydrogen missiles with pinpoint ac- uracy. Secretary of Defense McTCl oy and Gen. Nathan F. Twin- ng, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hoth reacted keptically to the claims made n a speech in Moscow by Sov- et Defense Minister Rodion Malinovsky.' Six Integrated Norfolk Schools Open Peacefully BUT THE Russians brushed off the U. S. Army protests and negotiations for release oj the convoy bogged down. The corporal in charge re- fused Soviet demands for in- spection of the open cargo of eeps on the trucks Monday night. He and his men. spent he night muffled in blankets n the trucks. The U. S. Army unit at the Helmstedt checkpoint, Just over the border in West Germany, was able to supply the men with hot meals, however. THE SOVIET ARMY let the convoy pass out of West Ber- lin on the 110-mile run through Communist East Germany but RICHMOND, Va! integrated classes opened uneventfully, today in schools in. Nor- folk They continued without incident 200 miles to the orth in Arlington County. Cut Bail on 120 Yanks TIJUANA, Mexico for 20 Americans still held from annovsKy. the Rosarito Beach gambling As to Malinovsky's assertion raid nine days ago was sharply J -1VI.J iha remain hat Soviet ballistic 'can carry their charges to any point on earth to the very Twining 'Find Body of Woman; Jail Mate SILAS, Ala. Wt-The body of a pretty housewife was re- covered today from an aban- doned well near Silas. Officers said her husband, member of a prominent Choctaw County family, was charged with mur- der. Sheriff Connie Littlepage quoted John L. McPhearson 38, as saying he shot his wife by accident. McPhearson is a timberman and brother of Probate Judge Richard Mc- Phearson. The sheriff said he and a search party recovered the partially clad body of 35-year old Mrs. Irma Lee Fagan Me Phearson from the 12-foot deep well shortly after mid night. The well is about sever miles northwest of Silas. LITTLEPAGE QUOTED Me Phearson as saying his wif was fatally wounded in the ief chest last Thursday during scuffle over a .22-catifer rifle The sheriff added that th exact place of the shooting ha not yet been determined. Th husband was quoted as sayin he used a bulldozer to pus dirt on top of the body aft he threw it into the well. Mrs. McPhearson was th mother of four children. said merely: "That's quite a statement." Asked whether he believes it, he replied, "No." MCELROY WENT into more detail, as both spoke with news- men after a long and ultra- secret session with the House Armed Services committee. McElroy discussed Malinov- sky's general claim to have the western allies outgunned in all categories of weapons. The sec- reduced today and the remain hydrogen releasc. federal District Judge Ed ardo I-angle Martinez cut th' ail in response to information MILLIONS OF BIG NEUROTIC lary said: "I .disagree categorically. elieve our intelligence gives u pretty good picture and I am ot concerned about any such loastful statement." McElroy said the United :ates must concede that the oviets have superiority in TOie fields, but he contende lese are not the vital ones in ny possible conflict. U. S. Consul Genera Robert Hale that those stil icld were people of- modes means. Hale said the new bai ranged from. to 580 de pending upon financial circum stances. It had been ror 19 and for one of th remaining prisoners. THE HIGHER BAIL had a ready been offered for Mr Rita Nathaniel, 35, Santa Mon ica, Calif., and she was ex pected to go free shortly o Ihe lower figure. Mrs. Na thaniel, divorcee waitress, anxious to get home to her tw children, a girl 14 and boy 12. CALIFORNIA'S Gov. Brow said Monday that he had in (Continued on Page A-4, Col. 2 An allusion 16 "the niggers' stopped it at the checkpoint at Marienbbm at p.m. Tues- day i just as it was ready to cross into Weit Germany. The Autobahn la the road An auus.on u> link from the West to Allied one from a cluster of white garrisons in isolated West Ber- ds at one Norfolk high school. in 1784 and made a fortune in 'ur trading with the Indians The original Astor invested in Manhattan real estate. MANY OF THESE holdings are still in the family, their having increased fabu- lously through the years. An acute judgment in busi- ness matters enabled Vincent Astor to expand still -further the vast family holdings. He added -other properties in oil, real estate and other enter- prises throughout the country, and in Canada. Astor established the Astor foundation" and i that its goal should alleviation of human misery." It devotes funds primarily to medical work, such as research on.cancer and surgery. YEARS BEFORE his. death Astor decided that much of his ___.... VINCENT ASTOR Heart Attack Fatal Seize Girl Murder of Mirabiie LOS blonde liri. "hat was the nearest thing to a incident in either commu- ty as racial mixing got its rst full-scale test in the class- ooms. In an attempt to hold inte- ration to a minimum and pre- cnt its spreading through-the vhole state, plans for a long- aiige program will be corning o a head in the next few weeks n the governor's office and the leneral Assembly. THE ASSEMBLY couldn't The men, all personnel of the 28th Transportation Bat- talion, were listed by the army Cpl. Richard C. Masiero of West Stockbridge, Mass.; Pfc. nin G. Peoples of Theo- dore, Ala.; SP4 Elwood F. Johnson, Brooklyn, N.'Y.; SP4 James E. Cook of Hardeeville, S. C., and Pfc. Robert E. Love of Plain City, Ohio. THE ARMY announced this morning it was in contact with lortune would go to the founda- tion when he died. was known also for many philanthropies during his lifetime, though seldom were details of specific instances ever made public, Astor's father, John Jacob ANGELES Ml A .waitress was arrested today in connection with the pistol slaying Dec. 27 of Mafia- linked .night club owner Tony Mirabiie in San Diego. Police sold Miss Jean Horton, 28, was arrested Santa Monica by in nearby San. Diego (Continued on Page A-4. Col. 6) WORLD RECORD ind a way to halt integration ntirely in a five-day special session which came to an end Monday night. Again today kept vigil at .the Norfolk schools and at Stratford Junior High in Ar- ington, a well-to-do Washing- ton suburb. But again it was a matter of humdrum perform- ance, of preserving order against threats which never de- veloped. Integration began for Vir- jinia Monday, under order of federal courts. It started at Stratford. Four Negroes at- tended public school classes with whites for the first time in the Old Dominion's history. They did again today. AT NORFLOK, there were only preliminaries Monday registration and class assign- preparation for ac- (Continued on Page A-4, Col. 8) WHERE TO FIND IT In the eyes of his fellow teen- agers, Ricky Nelson can do no wrong. See the second in a series on rock 'n' roll music on Page A-6. (Continued on' Page A-4. C.ol. 6) Beach B-l Hal A-9 A-9 to 8 B-6. 1 B-8 Death B-2. A-8 B-S 'Shipping C-l, 2, S A-6 TM TV, A-S B-4, 5 Your A-2 Briton Wins on 2-Cent Bet LONDON Railroad worker James Gault today won 300.684 pounds 815) on a soccer pools coupon for a twopenny (two cents) world record. He hit the big hy correctly forecasting eight tied matches on one selection he did it with his 13th twopenny try this week. Gault, 54, sent in 30 selec- tions, each costing twopence. The 13th made his fortune. The first thing Gault did was to quit his job as a rail- road worker making 9 pounds 15 shillings( 537.50) a week. "And I'm off to New Zea- land to join my he said on his arrival in London to pick up the check. He worked part-time as a taxi driver to save 240 pounds so his wife, Mary, could visit her -brother in Auckland, New Zealand. officcrs and booked on suspicion of murder in City Jail en route to San Diego. Mirabiie, 64, was killed in his plush San Diego apartment after a violent struggle with a husky man and his blonde com- panion, police said. MIRABILE was found in his bedroom by Fillipo Aquaro, his nephew, who also lived in the partment. Aquaro told police he was wakened by a violent argu lent and walked into the living oom and found his uncle Several Thousand Pills Discovered in Witlowbrook WILLOWBROOK (CNS) A Willowbrook couple was jailed on suspicion of violating state narcotics laws Monday, nigKt after their 14-year-old son raided their cache of drugs and passed out samples to his classmates. Louis Cruz Galaz, 33, and his wife, Nora, 32, of 12206 S. Wilmington Ave., were booked at the Firestone Sheriff's Sta- tion. Also arrested was Carlos Anaya Guzman, 28, of 2238 E. 120th St., a frequent visitor to the Galaz home. Detectives began their in- vestigation after Harrison Hop- kins, assistant principal of WU- lowbrook Junior High School, reported several of his students acted strangely in class. THE D RUGGED.students said they had been given pills by Louie Galaz Jr., 14, who then confessed he took some "yellow jackets" or seconal sules from a suitcase under his father's bed and either sold them or gave them away to his ellow students. When deputies went to the Jalaz home, they found sev- ral thousand capsules, inelud- ng morphine, nembutal, pheno- barbital codeine other bar- biturates. The elder Galaz, on parole rom previous narcotics convic- lons, claimed an unidentified person' him the suitcase nil of narcotics on 7th St. in Los Angeles. LOTJIE" JR. and his four rguing with the husky man nrt the blonde. He was knockei nconscious, Aquaro said, am vhen he revived his uncle wa lumped in a chair in the bed oom, shot through the chest. Mirabiie, 'known as Papa Tony, owned several taverns at one time in the San Diego area, le was queslioned by a state nvestigaling committee in con- nection with the Mafia. But he denied any knowledge of the Sicilian terrorist organization. brothers and sisters, Carrie, 10; Larry, 6; Nora, 13, and Dionc, 11, were placed in the temporary custody of an aunt, Sandy Chavez, of City Terrace: Capt. Richard Brooks, chief of the sheriff's narcotics de- tails, said about half a dozen youths had taken the drugs. One of them, a 15-year-old boy, was reported still in a semi-cdnscious condition. Jail Man Murder of Photog DALLAS Calvin Neely, wanted for the ques- tioning in the slaying of a Hol- lywood photographer, was cap- tured without resistance here today. He was unarmed. Neely, a heavy-set man with Ireland President Due in U.S. March 17 WASHINGTON W Ire land's President Scan T. O'Kelly will arrive here March 17, St. Patrick's Day, for talks wifhjcused of slaying President Eisenhower and otheriCaruana, 27. government officials. Caruana's body was found Announcing this today, the last Thursday, stuffed m Jlhe a mustache ?nd whose left leg is encased in a brace, is ac- Ronald J. White House said O'Kelly will trunk of his automobile. The I days. wnue noube be in the United States for 10 car had been abandoned in the Please, No Oddballs as Pioneers in Space Flight _ was seasick. After the voy- alone is enough By RAY CROWLEY WASHINGTON If you want to go pioneering in space, ou must first convince the government you are not an odd- Bail. No neurotics he word from the federal space agency. There had been talk that a even a psychotic be just the man to go nto orbit. A Ph. D. suggested :hat a schizophrenic, being wrapped up in himself and withdrawn from the world, might not mind the isolation, cramped quarters and boredom of life in a space capsule. The suggestion has been vetoed by space authorities. Air Force Brig. Gen. Don Flicking- a medical expert who is helping select future space travelers, explains: "The contention that schizoid or other abnormally withdrawn individuals should be chosen for their presumed increased tol- erance for isolation has iroved valid in our hands.1 A VOYAGER AMONG the planets must be, he says 'stable, calm and confident.' Moreover: "We must reject those who although able to give a account of themselves, do so primarily to prove somethini to themselves or the world They are uniformly fairly ba risks." So candidates for the job o Mercury astronaut pos sible ones have already bee elected by the government's creening machinery face ough tests. Ail the resources f psychology will be used to make sure that the winner is on the beam. THE TKSTS WILL be SO rugged that millions of people, some of their, well known, would flunk. To avoid embar- rassing the living, let us con- sider two examples out of the past: Case No. Duntin. As a young man, Darwin didn't do very well at Cam- bridge University, failed at medicine, and wasted time fol- lowing the1 hounds. But there were no psycholo gists or personality question- naires in his day, So in 1831 he got a berth as a naturalist aboard HMS Beagle, bound on a five-year journey around the world. On hands and knees on the shores of the Cape Verde Is- lands, he studied the habits of cuttlefish. He djg up the bones of extinct animals on the pam- pas of South America, and won- dered at the marvelous varia- tions in the finches of the Gala- pagos. Back home in England after the journey, he spent more than two decades molding an enor mous array of facts into his great theory of evolution. Thii theortf revolutionized the out look of much of mankind on al living things. BUT DARWIN" WAS not a well man. Aboard the Beagle ge, he was plagued the rest of lis life by mysterious head- aches, stomach trouble, anxiety self-doubts. A modern doc- or would nod his head wisely and diagnose the case as psy- lectures at chosomatic. Obviously, alone is enough to alert any He was quar- relsome, suspicious, secretive and once had a nervous break- down. He would he type for a space capsule. If he were alive today he prob- ably would not be allowed to go to Mars to see if evolution s operating there. Case No. 2 Isaac Newton. show up for his ______ _. Cambridge with clothes untidy and hair un- was not the combed. It is said that even Mojave Desert, about 100 miles from Los Angeles. He had been shot in the head. HIS CAPTURE here result- id from a pickup order broad- cast by Dallas police Monday, iHis station wagon license num- ber was given in the broad- ast. Neely told Dallas police he lad been to Miami, Fla., and had planned to go to Cuba. 'But I changed my ne said. He indicated he would not right extradition. Detectives said Neely had receipt Among other mental feats, he stupendous worked out the laws of motion and gravity. These are the laws that will govern space ships. He was, however, not normal f the hall were empty he would go ahead and deliver the lee ture anyway. Wordsworth described him as i mind forever voyaging through strange seas o tho-.ight, alone." If he were alive today, h probably would have to con fine his voyages to the realm of thought. Plainly a poor risk for a space vehicle, he could showing gasoline he had pur- on a credit card in Miami Jan. 29. the day his friend's body was found. Los Angeles police said both Caruana and Neely had been reported missing on Jan. 21. Weather- Clear tonight and sunny Wednesday. IJttto sussswasSreSPs In the first place he had an not soar into the skies to check "Z todav' 65 unhappy childhood (this fact on how his laws are working.1 by noon today. 65.   

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