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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - November 3, 1959, Long Beach, California                             CUGAT TELLS COACHING ON TV QUIZ flr ft ft ft ft ft ft ft ft ft ft 'Incorrect' Story to DA KERMIT KYNELL, 32-year-old Lakewood sheriff's station sergeant, declared Monday he would have notified police hiid he kno.wn the television show on which he won had been rigged. Saw No Fake, Says Lakewood Officer A Lakewood sheriff's station sergeant, who won on television's "Twenty-One" quiz show, said Monday that if he had had any hint the-program-was a hoax he would haye notified the police. Kermit Kynell, 32, a part- time professor in police sci- ence at Long Beach State Col- lege and sheriff's department juvenile officer, denied he was coached during a series of appearances on the show in August 1958. "They (the producers) did not say boo'to asserted DELINK RECORD Two-Year Sentence for Driver! Clyde E. Freeman, 42, of 1826 Palmer Ct., today be- gins serving one of the stiffest sentences for drunk driving in the history of Los C e r r i t o s Municipal Court. As a result of the sen- tence imposed by Judge Roberta Butzbach on Mon- day, Freeman could spend more than two years in jail. Freeman, who was ar- rested by sheriff's deputies Sunday on Paramount Blvd. south of Del Amo Blvd., pleaded guilty to drunk driving and driving with a suspended license. NOTING FREEMAN'S prior record of similar of- fenses, Judge Butzbach ordered him to spend a year in county jail on the drunk-driving count and pay .a fine or serve an additional 200 days. For driving with a suspended license, Freeman was sen- tenced to another 180 days which will run consecutive to the year's jail term. Freeman was released last May 26 after serving about months of one- year sentence for drunk driving. Blast in Plant Shakes Towns ORDILL, 111. ex- plosion in .1 commercial dy- namite section of the Olin Mathiespn Chemical plant here today shook nearby towns. A company official told Harry Stiles, manager of the Crab Orchard National Wild Life Refuge, embracing the area where the chemical plant leases about acres, that one man was killed and a building destroyed in the dy- namite section. The dead man was hot identified. Kynell, "and if they had I would have refused to go on and then turned them in to the authorities." Kynell also denied that he had been given any dramatic coaching as to how he was to act and appear in the isolation booth during show rehearsals. He said all hie conduct in the booth was natural. "THEY SOLICITED me to go on the show. There was never ..any implication I was to do anything dishonest. They never asked for a kick- back on the money I won or anything Kynell said. Kynell said he quit the show of his own volition and had not been asked to "take a dive" because the ratings during his appearance were bad. The show producers paid him off, he said, and after about 60 per cent of the 500 winnings went to income taxes the remainder was placed in a trust fund for his daughter's education at his alma mater, Stanford Uni- versity. KYNELL REVEALED he had been called into a confer- ence recently with Undersher- iff Harold Marlowe and otter superiors and reiterated a statement his appearances on ;he show were completely egitimate. Kynell failed to appear at: lis class in criminal evidence; Monday night at Long Beach! State College and was given a leave of absence from, the sheriff's department, report- edly because of a 'family problem. Kynell, a World War II Navy veteran, attended Frankl'in Junior High School, Poly High School and City College. His mother, Mrs. Esther Flummerfeit, lives at 620 Via Almendro. The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., TUESDAY, NOVEMBER Vol. 235 PRICE 10 CENTS TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 30 PAGES CLASSIFIED HE 2-5959 HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Seven Killed in Southland Gar Crashes 2 Die on Freeway, 5 More Perish in Highway Collision By Associated Press Seven persons met death on Southern California high- ways Monday night and to- day, the California Highway Patrol reported. A head-on collision at Desert Center this morning took five lives, and two others perished Monday night on the San Bernardino Free- way near Eastern Ave. Dead in the three-car free- way crash were Sam Trippe, 36, and .his wife, Dorothy, 33, both of La Puente. 1 Three of the four children accompanying them were critically injured. They were a daughter, Angela, 10; a son, Frank, 14, and a friend of the family, Donald J. Aurello, 14, La Puente. Another daughter escaped with minor injuries. BOOKED ON suspicion of manslaughter and felony drunk driving was Vincent Eria, 35, of Culver City. He is in critical condition in the 'eneral Hospital prison ward. The CHP said Trippe's east- Douhd convertible was struck leadon by Eria's sedan which jumped the freeway divider. Another car, driven by Richard Conger, 38, of .Ar- cadia, -was following Trippe and plowed into the wreck- age. He was treated for head and back injuries, but was re- leased from a hospital later. A HEAD-ON collision of a dog food truck and an auto killed the five at Desert Cen- :er, highway patrol reported. Officers said there is a pos- sibility that another body is pinned in the wreckage on LT.S. Highway 60-70 that runs between Indio and Blythe. Two men's wallets were found at the scene, but only one man's body has been re- covered. The car, bearing Iowa li- cense plates and heading east, and the truck tumbled over an embankment after slam- ming together at dawn. Weather Cloudy late tonight and early Wednesday, but mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon. Slightly warmer. Maxi- mum temperature by noon today: 68.. WANTS TO TEACH High Court Van Dor en loses Jofcs Hears Sled at NBC and Arguments NEW YORK (ffi The Na- tional Broadcasting Co. an- nounced today it has termi- nated is contract with Charles Van Doren as result of his testimony Monday before the House subcommittee investi- gating rigged TV quiz shows. NBC said: "Mr. Van Doren's admis- sions in his testimony are completely at variance with his repeated denials of com- plicity in or knowledge of any rigging on Twenty-One' denials made to the press, to the New York County district attorney, to the grand jury, to the viewing public and to his employers at NBC." The quiz winner was hired by NBC at a year sal- ary following his sensational success on "Twenty-One." fc. tit THE NETWORK statement continued: "He made those denials to NBC up to and including the conferences on Oct. 6, and 8, 1959, leading to the network's decision to relieve him of his work assignments pending of the congressional investigation. "NEC called Mr. Van Doren and his attorney to the first of these meetings and in- formed- them that his impli- cation in Herbert Stempel's __ mm public testimony required that UIIMV f Hflll he demand an opportunity im- FHillT I Wl iTUI! W mediately to testify fully be- fore the House subcommittee. He was told that he would be PI lib" I PICK V6I1TI5T suspended unless he did so. FREMONT, Calif. (AP) Threatening telephone CHARLES VAN DOREN has a smile as he leads his wife from hearing room Monday after publicly re- vealing that his famous television quiz-program appearances were dishonest. After concluding, Van Doren told reporters: "I feel better than I have felt in three 'Wirephoto.) As a result, Mr. Van Doren sent the subcommittee a tele- gram, prepared by his attor- ney, offering to testify if he was called, and citing his own that night to he had received any questions or answers in advance." VAN DOREN himself was uncertain of his future plans. "I hope to be a be told newsmen. "I think 1 would be better at that than anything else." To some extent, at least, Van Doren's future may de send on public reaction to lis emotion-packed story of accepting help while winning 'ame as a scholar on NBC's onetime quiz show "Twenty- One." "I was involved, deeply in- volved, in a he told the House legislative oversight subcommittee Monday. He added at another joint that "I would give al- most anything I have to re- Continued Page A-4, Col. 5) calls were received today at the office. of a missing dentist sought on charges of giving laxative pills to trick-or-treat children bell ringers on Halloween. The office nurse of Dr. William V. Shaync, 40, Cen- terville dentist, told of the calls and said she was going to close the office. Police Lt. Lowell Creighton said Dr. Shyne had disap- peared after being accused of giving candy-coated laxative pills to youngsters when they rang his doorbell and de- manded "trick or treat." The children became vio- lently ill, and Municipal Judge Edward Quaresma is- sued two warrants Monday charging Shyne with "out- rage of public decency" and "unlawful dispensing of drugs." Shyne, 40, denied the charges Sunday but police were unable to serve the warrants Monday. The den- tist was not at home and he did not appear at his office. Creighton said he would is-l sue an all-points bulletin foi Shyne today if the dentis was not located. POLICE SAID about 450 of the laxative pills were tossed into the trick-or-treal bags of youngsters Hallo ween night. Thirty of the children later suffered at tacks of vomiting and diar rhea which lasted several hours. Inspector Lee Rieman saic the pills were traced to the home of Shyne. The inspec- tor said laboratory tests established that the pills were bitter aloe, a strong purgative. Dr. Leonard Ortega, who lelped to run laboratory tests on the pills, said it was pos sible that "a child eating enough of these could have died from dehydration." Ike Lays Cornerstone for CIA Unit, Says Gathering Secrets Vital to U.S. LANGLEY, Va. Eisenhower laid the cornerstone for the Central Intelligence Agency's new quarters and said no task could be more important than its job of gathering information to help the United States preserve peace. In a brief dedication speech, Eisenhower said the hush- hush agency's reputation "for quality and excellence is a proud one." He told CIA officials that "upon the quality of your work depends in large measure the su'ccess of our effort to further the nation's position in the international THE PRESIDENT DROVE HERE from the White House for the ceremony, after which he flew to Gettys- burg to cast his vote in the Pennsylvania state election. Eisenhower said peace is "America's fundamental and "to this end we seek to develop policies and arrangements to make the peace both permanent and just." "In war nothing is more important to a commander than the facts concerning the strength, dispositions and intention of his opponent and the proper interpretation of those he said. In peacetime, he said, "the necessary facts are of a different nature. They deal with conditions, resources, requirements and attitudes prevailing in the world. They are essential to the development of'policy to further our long-term national security and best interests. "To provide information of this kind is the task of the organization of which you are a part." THE PRESIDENT PRAISED the CIA's little-known work, and dedicated the building "to serve the cause of peace." He said the agency's duties require "the highest order of dedication, ability, trustworthiness and say nothing of the finest type of courage whenever' needed. W. Dulles, director of the CIA and brother of the late Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, said the agency's task was to "assure ourselves, through accurate intelligence, that our attachments to policies are soundly based." Attorneys Dispute Whether National' Emergency Exists WASHINGTON (ffl The Steel workers' lawyer .argued n the Supreme Court today :hat there, is no national em- rgency under terms of the Taft-Hartley law to send the lalf-million steel strikers back to work under court order. The government promptly replied that Congress in pass- ng the Labor Relations Act was trying to look out for the nterest of all the country anc must have been referring to .he general ecomonic well-be- ing when it made provisions "or emergency actions. Solici- tor General J. Lee Rankin opened his presentation by arguing there is an emergency 'n that area. THE OPPOSING VIEWS were presented as the high court opened its special hear ing on the union's appea from an 80-day injunction That order was issued in Pittsburgh by U. S. Dist Judge Herbert P. Sorg, uphel by the Philadelphia Court o Appeals, and stayed while the union appealed to the Supreme Cour.t. The strike is now 112 days old. Arthur J. Goldberg, general counsel for the United Steel- workers, contended also that the injunction section of the aw is generally invalid. He argued it injects the courts nto legislative and adminis- trative areas where they have (Continued Page A-4, Col. 1) WHERE TO FIND IT Voters in five states and lundreds of cities go to the lolls today. Stories on Page A-3. Beach B-l Hay B-7 B-7 Classified Pages D-2 to 7 C-4, 5 A-6 B-6 B-2 B-3 Shipping A-8 C-l, 2, 3 D-l Tides, TV, D-8 B-7 B-4, 5 Your A-2 RhumbaKing Says He Told Truth to Jury BandleadeT Got Questions in Advance Challenge BULLETIN WASHINGTON A former television quiz show producer told House investigators today that, he supplied questions and an- swers in advance to con- testants on three network quiz programs. The producer, Mert Hop-, lin, identified the shows as "The Challenge" and the and "The Big Surprise." Or- chestra leader Xavier Cugat. The Rhumba King, told how he waltzed to win- nings as a coached contestant on the TV quiz program "The Challenge." As. a witness before House TV quiz probers, the Cuban rhythm maker also testified that he told an incorrect story to the. New York district attorney about his role. Cugat insisted, however, that, he later gave a full and honest, account to the New York grand jury that investi- gated quiz show rigging. The district attorney's investi- gators, he added, had not asked him all the details initially. IN THE Latin accent familiar to TV and radio audiences, Cugat told a House investigating he went on "The Chal- lenge" solely for publicity purposes. He won on three appearances on the quiz pro- rain in June of last year. Voluntering the information he is in the 76 per cent in- come tax bracket, Cugat said lis personal proceeds went mostly for income taxes. Questioned by Robert W. .ishman, committee counsel, )ugat said "I was told not to worry" about missing ques- ions on the program and 'making a fool" of himself. ASKED WHEN he became aware the show was "not an lonest contest of knowledge and Cugat said: "When the producer first came to my apartment and said he wanted to talk to me. I learned that the ques- ions asked me in my apart- ment were the same as'those .sked on the air." He identified the producer as Mert Koplin. Cugat said he not only was iven the questions that would be asked him but those o be asked of his opponent as well. "In my Cugat aid, "we spoke of every (Continued Page A-4, Col. 2) .EP. :OREN HARRIS (D-Ark) points the way to Xavier Cugat as the orchestra leader heads for the witness chair of House subcommittee investigat- ing television quiz Wircphoto.)   

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