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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa UPl Tolephoto More than persons, including luminaries of show business, politics and music, turned out for the funeral of Comedian Jack Benny in Hollywood Sunday. Rosalind Russell and Gregory Peck are shown arriving for 'he service. Benny died late Thursday, of cancer. He was 80 years old. UPl leleptloto "What Can I Tell George Burns, .lack Benny's closest friend, [altered through a brief tribute at tile funeral service fnr Benny in Hollywood Sunday. He said, "What can 1 tell you about Jack? I've known him 55 years...1 can't imagine my life without him." Burns sobbed quietly and returned to his seat. Burns is pictured leaving after the service Mi which lie and his fellow comedian friends paid tribute to Benny. Mountain Meeting President Gerald Ford stopped to chat with Gertrude Gould, 78, of Laramic, Wyo., Sunday. Ford rode the chair-lift up the mountain for a day of skiing at Vail, Colo. Gertrude was on lop of the mountain when the President arrived. AP Wlrepholo Story Sign outside the wreckage of Casuarina Beach motel in Dar- win, Australia, tells its own sto- ry as does the debris of adja- cent houses, by Cyclone Tracy early Christmas morning. About persons were made homeless by the cyclone and some authorities have said il will cost more than SI billion lo rebuild Darwin, Australia's northern gateway city. BUCHWALD Selecting Christmas Gifts For Readers Makes Buchwald Think Hard By Art Bnchwald WASHINGTON Once again I worked hard trying to think of something to give all my readers for Christmas. Last year if you recall I gave you the comet Kohoutek to gaxe at. Unfortunately, through no fault of mine, it wasn't delivered, and it's possible some of you are still sore at me. This year, what with inflation and ever- ything, 1 had a harder time. I tried to get everyone a five-pound bag of sugar for cents, but they threw me out of the store. I was going to give you each a seat to see Fanne Foxe do her act. But then she got busted in Florida and no one knows when you'll be able to see her next National Monument Then a friend suggested I send ever- yone a pint of water from the Tidal Basin. But the park department put the whammy on that by claim- ing the basin is now a national monument. I intended to open Christmas club accounts for you at the Franklin National bank, but that fell through when the gov- ernment put it out of business. I was going to give you all an "oil depreciation" allow- ance .so you wouldn't have to pay such high laves. But con- gress killed that idea by declaring only the oil companies arc entitled In pay low taxes. My wife suggested thai I give everyone n new automo- bile. .Ills! as 1 was about In buy Ihoni, Delroil raised Ihe price again. You're going to have lo ose the car you now iiave for another year. White Christmas 1 (nought of giving everyone a White Christmas. But since most cities, for economy reasons, are laying off their sanitation workers, I had no idea how you would get your si reels cleaned I was Imping to get you a lax break alter the SALT talks from Secretary of Defense .lames Schlesingcr. Bu1. he said it would actually cost more now for defense than il did before, which translates into F.nglish as "Ho: Finally, just as I was about lo give up on Christmas, I got through lo President Gerald Ford and he agreed on my be- half In give each and every one of you a pardon, as you all have suffered enough. II isn'l much. I'll adnul. but il's Ihe (bought Dial counts oi'vnu'i' ArmMr-, Times
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