Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 6, 1974, Page 9

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette March 6, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa what it was,” Middleton said in a telephone interview from Williamsburg, Va, "But the hulk of his papers -there are a total of <11 million stayed under his control until tie died. Then, under the terms ol his will, he left all the papers not previously given — .‘ll million minus 200,000 - to the U. S. government, and in his wil there was no tax advantage sought for his heirs or his wife.” Tiny Fraction of Papers: Library WASHINGTON (UPI) •- The head of the LBJ library says President Johnson donated only a fraction of his 31 million career papers to the government before he died, and the rest were willed to the government without tax benefits to his heirs. Library director Harry Middleton, in response to a report that Johnson took between $10 and $29 million in deductions, said the late President deducted from his, taxes the value of about only 200,000 of the documents. "My assumption is he did take some tax credits for those papers, but I don’t know that and in any case I don’t know Whatever Happened, It Changed Two Lives He said he hadn't pondered the matter before Oct. ll but "I don’t see why God would put life on just this one small speck and no other place." He said he plans to make a recording of his story. Meanwhile, nights are long, his sleep uneasy. "I wake up every three or four hours, sometimes in a cold sweat,” said Hickson. "I don’t know what is terrifying me so. Maybe I am reliving what happened. "I know I always have the feeling there’s something important that I just can’t remember, no matter how hard I try.” strument resembling a big    shipyard with Hickson, has reeye, then put him back on    the    turned home to Laurel, Miss, pier.    Joe    Colingo,    attorney for the Parker, reported almost    in    shipyard, said Parker was shock when officers ques-    first treated    at    a hospital for tioned him three hours after    the stress    of    a "complete the alleged encounter, said he    physical and emotional break- blacked out as the creatures    down." approached and remembers    For Hickson, things have no more of it.    been a bit better than he ex- "They weren’t lying," said    peeted when    he    decided that, Howard Ellzy, chief investiga-    "though LII    be    the laughing tor for the sheriff’s depart-    stock of the country," he had meat. ‘ Whatever it was, it    to tell the story so govern- was real to them."    moot officials would know of Backed by Test Ellzy’s evaluation was later backed by a polygraph test given both men. Since then, Parker, a shy, lanky, unsophisticated youth who came here to work at the cagoula is directly across the 100-yard-wide river, Ingalls shipyard’s huge cranes loom a mile south, busy U. S. 190 is 150 yards north. A soft darkness had fallen as the men cast their lures. An oblong luminous blue blob circled, descended, hovered nearby, just above the junk. Opening Appears Hickson said he and Parker were too stunned to run. and in any case there was no place to flee. An opening — not a door, simply an indescribable opening — appeared in the side and three pale creatures came out, paralyzed him, floated him into the craft, rotated him before an in- By Bill Crider PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A weird thing happened to Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker as they stood casting for croakers in the Pascagoula river — and it changed their lives. They said a spaceship hovered nearby and three pale, wrinkled creatures seized them, took them inside for an examination, then let them go. Incredible? Of course. But mystified investigators placed the report in a special category because they found no logical way to debunk it. Authorities said whatever happened was undoubtedly a soul-searing experience for Hickson, 45, a shipyard foreman. and his young visitor, son of a family friend. It took place Oct. ll near the beginning of a great flap over unidentified flying objects along the Gulf Coast. For a couple of weeks reports of UFO sightings had people out staring at the night sky. From New Orleans to Mobile the light of any passing airliner was liable to cause traffic accidents. Then, as inexplicably as it began, the flurry was gone — but not forgotten by Hickson or Parker. "I’ve done everything I can to prove I'm telling the truth," Hickson said recently. He is a slightly stopped man of middle height with a monkish fringe of hair, a slow and serene drawl. He has four children and lately has been working two jobs, which occupy him from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. "As long as I’m working I don’t have any problems but when I don’t have anything to j do I sit and think," he said. "Why Me?” "I don’t reckon FII ever get over trying to figure out where thfcy came from — and why they picked me." Hickson’s report, briefly stated, was: He and Parker, 19, were fishing at old Schaupeter shipyard. The site has since been scraped clean for new construction. At the time, it bore the ruin of a barge drydock. two rusty iron piers, a jumble of auto hulks, empty bottles and beer cans. Though it seemed an isolated spot, it wras not. Pas* "Isn’t that great? Gloria can’t sleep, either!" C.R. Drug Numbers To report a violation: Michael Dooley 377-8081 lf you need help: Foundation ll... 362-21 7A (4 p m. to midnight) ll) YEARS AGO - President Johnson has called on Premier Khrushchev to avoid doing anything to aggravate the Cyprus situation and pledged the U. 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  • Bill Crider
  • Calvin Parker
  • Charles Hickson
  • Harry Middleton
  • Howard Ellzy
  • Michael Dooley

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: March 6, 1974

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