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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 Dinner? 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 weeoine Jamaican-born (See OSCARS, Page 2. Col. 2) PETER FINCH ...best actor FAYEDUNAWA1 top actress Cause of Air Crash Sought Rums: This is a daylight view of the KLM 747 jumbo' jet Cruz de Tenerifewith a P-an American 747 Sunday, which collided on the runway of the airport at Santa Shock, Grief: 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 two-week 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 run-way 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 communities: RENO {Catherine 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 Nevada-Reno 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 cteathinl960 Her step-son. 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 main- tained a friendship with Mrs. Seacrist for the 27 years since the Seacrists 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 10-year 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 747s 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- vestigators 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. Blanket-covered bodies of the victims were placed in a hangar near the runway. U.S. officials said their first concern was to arrange for ship- 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 pasengers boarded the flight in Los Angeles for a 10-day Mediterranean holiday, and 14 joined the group during a stopever in New York. KKLM officials reported four of its passengers were Americans. It identified them as Mr. and Mrs. Don Gillis and Mrs. Terry Twist, and her 18-month-old 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 elec- 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- nunications between the control tower and both planes and although ihere 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 Algerian-based 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 off-the-road 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 off-the-road 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 autnority 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 jrjLuninO, il.u. vrvi. ivcucu nuuw nuvot, "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 Arm- strong said Monday. "She isjn a persistent vegetative state." Old-timers 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 11C1JU1CU1 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 21-27 Health Column 11 12 Markets 10 25 Sports 15-17' Comics Crossword DearAbby Deaths Editorials Focus State News 28 11 TV Log TV Scout 12 4 Vitals 11 Weathei 2   

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