Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Abilene, Texas
Wc\t Allene Reporter-Betas!
S ■' - . vt-, f
p|j| w /jaw i
< ©mplet* wentlifr, Pe JA
94TH VEAR. NO. 191 PHONE 673-4271
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
~AB1 LENE."TEXAS. 79604, SATUrFayAiORN1NgTdECEMBErT8, 1974 -THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cent?
A ti OC (af rd Prntt <4*)
Coming. . .
. . .in Sunday's Reporter-News
Pharmacist is retired, but he remembers
I Oswalt has retired, but he can recall his days as a soda jerk before he studied to become a pharmacist. He operated the Clinic Pharmacy in Abilene for 42 years. By Robert Campbell.
. . .About that goose and the golden egg
The time is nearing when the public again will be able to buy gold, but investors ate warned about the economic uncertainty in holding the metal. By Phil Shook.
Youngsters do their thing with flowers
A group of young arrangers are doing their own thing in preparing entries for the Garden Gate Club's fl ower show. By Geraldine Satterwhite; photos by John Best.
A begrimed and weary rescue worker talks with anxious iellow townsmen as he leaves the mine where an explosion killed 41 and injured others Friday at l.ieven, France. Officials said the explosion was probably caused bv accumulations of either methane or coaldust, and Is the worst mine disaster in France since World War ll. Story. Pg. SA. (AP Wirephoto)
Columnist Amy Vanderbilt Falls or Jumps to Death
NEW VORK (AP> - Amy Vanderbilt, whoso columns on manners, romance and propriety were syndicated in hundreds of American news, papers, fell or jumped to hor death from her apartment window Friday night, police said.
Police said a passerby found Miss Vanderbilt. 66. lying in a court yard outside the building on New York's I’pper Hast Side shortly before 8 p.m. and called police.
She was taken to Metropolitan Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Horn in Staten Island on July 22, 1908. Miss V anderbilt was the daughter of the for
mer Mary Estelle Brooks and Joseph Mortimer Vanderbilt, an insurance broker. A first cousin of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the railroad mogul, she claimed descent from America's first Vander-bit, Jane Aesten van der Blit.
She attended the Institute lleubi iii Switzerland, Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn and studied journalism at New York University.
Miss Vanderbilt began her career in journalism as a society and feature writer for
See AMY, Col. 5. hack page lids section
AMY VANDERBILT . . etiquette authority
Neal Asks Cover-Up Jury to 'Close Ledger
WASHINGTON (AP) — sel Dean. may strike hard blows but Neal ''.lid officials may not
Chief prosecutor James F. ,.j (.oui(jn^ have predicted they must strike fair ones. make veiled offers of dcmen-
Neal appealed to the jury Fn- anv better what they would Ile said o f f i c i a Is ‘‘may cy. suborn perjury lie under
day to close the ledger ... on do.** Neal said, alluding to fi- prosecute, (Daniel) Ellsberg, oath. destroy evidence or
Watergate' as final argu- nal defense arguments. but the\ may not at the same make payments of hush mon-
Stwm trill'" ,h* Wat*'S"* On » broader note. Seal time engage in covert ",.•» I., keep tho* with knoul-
trial. Irild . Thls casf j, not lion* to oectare hts doctor t edge quiet.
“As the representatives of a political party against anolh- ,fl .order t0 h'm -They mav not commit
free people." the prosecutor er j condemn lawlessness - betore hp M*ven t0 ,he (-nines, the) may not in an
told the jurors “you are the by one side or the other — courtroom. effort to perpetuate them-
ones who must now balance wherever it is committed.’’ While thev may attack their selves in power assault the
the accounts and close the led- jn a democracy where gov- political opponents with propa- temples of just toe in a mas-
ger plates on Watergate. ernment exists with the con- ganda, he said, “they may not sive conspirac y to obstruct
All that remains now in the s(»nt 0f people, sad the engage in illegal entries to just Ute,’' he said.
lengthy and complex conspira- prosecutor, "the onlv salva- w i r e t a p (opposition) head- nrn<fir,„nr Min when
cy trial are final instruction* ‘50n for us all and for the re- quarters" J haotn Z
to the jury and their final de- tention of our form of govern- “They may make mistakes. } . . . n tho resoonsi-
liberations beginning Monday meld is the faith of the people but they may not cover up hie''to account " t he iur\ he
morning, that their high officials will be those mistakes by rn.-use of j »*mllst n ... balance the
Following completion of fair, honorable and lawiu!. government agencies auch as
nearly 15 hours of final de He said public officials must ordering the LIA to stop an See TRIAL, Col. I
lense arguments, Neal not play “ignoble roles, they FBI investigation.” back page this section
summed up the government's • —'— — ----— - ----------
case against the five defen- _ ■ ■ a
dams for the last time. I AftlC ISf Alf
He suggested to the jury LwUDIOIUI
the\ should flint it strange 3
that a common thread runs » m ■■
among the cases put rn by all I ll!)ll
of the defendants. I IUI V I I IO 11
He accused defendants of blaming, not only each other. jrii I # f
but many others who have a1- H!i|VlAf!|lf
ready pleaded guiltv or begun I ICUI will jj
serving prison sentences for Watergate crimes. f
"What they all have done is \0r IQIJf
to say it was someone else. I WI*#
not I." said the 44-year-old JUSTIN Tex .AP) -Ren
.Veal in his ringing Tennessee AUS I ex. Al
* Emmett Whitehead of Rusk
"Ar, one has denied there »aid Frida>, •»'* th1»u",ht of *
was a massive attempt Ie ..tv *'*> to get the attention of
street i list ice rn this case,- t''d('l1al dinf
-aid Neal dered “reform* in th* tieat-
21 He went on. How relieved «*** of juvenile delinquents
(John WA Dean. .Fred C ) and the criminally insane
URue (K. Howard) Hunt. The particular target of his
(Herbert WA Kalmbach and wrath is I S. District Court
yes even (Charles \\ > Colson Judge William Wayne Justice
ii Mist I* that they have con- of Tyler, who regilt Iv ordered
fessed their sins and retained a phasing out tit Luge im a1
their dignity" reform schools. ^
'Hie prosecutor recalled his Ha lf wav house- 01 com-
prediction that the defendants munity treatment center
would dump much of the res- would replace the spiaw.mg
ponsibility for the attempted institutions.
cover-un of the original June Whitehead said be would so-
17. if)72. W atergate burglary troduce a bill or an appropre-
on tor mer White House coun- tions rider that would put 'he
- - first halfway house next door
mm JIMMY ,n'ir“wa,,c j,,*,,
I lit lf Ll I ll/LA wants to turn these little
A , monsters loose, just dr<»o one
Aktro qroph SB next door to him ;n the. silk
Bridge 8* stocking district of Tv lee It’ll
Church N*w« 6,7A oft his attention.'' Whitehead
Cla»siti*d 7-1 OC said
editorials * 4a I hope his tar gets stolen
F«,m .... BC and his house burglarized I
Headline 48 don't wan’ Ills kids molested
^•rkeM or his wife raped, though-” ,, , . . , .
OMu°r«, ne }w Mid he migW intnHjIJCe Mrs M Gates holds bet children. Nenana. A and 14-
Sport* i 4C a Similar bill for ( .S. District month-old Poppy, while waiting to he evu< Hated Friday
Todov in History 9a Ju<i«e Sarah Hughes of Da Hat at Australia's Darwin Airport. About 10.000 peopl*
Tv Lo« JJ see LEGISLATOR. < »l. 3 were being airlifted 1'roin Darwin, w hich wa- hit bv a
wlm.nA News 38 back page this sedum cyclone oil Wednesday. Story Cg 2B. AP WirephotoI Can't Believe He's Gone/ Jack's Friends Say
By BOB THOMAS Associated Press Writer
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif (AP) — The show world reacted in sorrow and disbelief Friday to the death trout cancer of Jack Benny, whose gentle, self-effacing humor brought laughter to Americans for half a century.
“I can't believe he's gone." said Mary Livingstone to Benny’s longtime manager, Irving Fein. She had been the comedian’s wife for 47 years and on radio played his wise-cracking friend.
His fellow stars responded in the same manner, finding it hard to imagine the entertainment scene without Benny and bi* myth of stinginess, his
More on Benny, Pg. 2A
mock-serious violin playing. his interminable “takes” staring at an audience with fingers under his chin as waves of laughter responded to his perplexity.
“I didn t realize he was that sick, it happened so fast," said actor James Stewart. “It’s almost hard to grasp. We’ll miss him tremendously. as will everyone.”
Benny died of cancer of the pancreas late Thursday night. He was 80, having proclaimed in comedy routines for decades that he was 39.
Ile was active almost until the end. While preparing for a
benefit appearance in Dallas on Oct. 19 he suffered stomach cramps. He w anted to perform and was annoyed when doctors would not permit it.
Hospital tests in Los Angeles disclosed nothing abnormal, and he made plans to appear in a television special and to costar with Walter Matthau in the film version of “The Sunshine Boys.”
On Nov. 12, Benny and his oldest friend. George Burns. joined in an interview for The Associated Press and Benny appeared thin but fit. The pair reminisced about their vaudeville days and Benny talked excitedly about future projects.
Appearing for an award at
the Hollywood Women s Press Club on Dec. 8, Benny complained of stomach pains and had to leave Burns arrived to accept the award for him.
“The doctors still couldn’t find anything wrong with Jack.” said manager Fem. “and we all thought his pains were psychosomatic. But last Friday he had some more X-rays and the cancer was discovered.”
Fein said that doctors decided the cancer was inoperable because of Benny's age. During the final days he was in such pain that he remained heavily sedated. When news broke of his illness the day after Christmas, Matthau. Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jack
Lemmon. Danny Kaye, Edie Adams. Burns. Frank Sinatra and other stars paid visits to the Benny house. Another visiter was Gov. Ronald Reagan. a fellow star during Benny's years at Warner Brothers.
Benny was too ill to see anv of the visitors. They gave their sympathy to Mary Benny and daughter Joan Blumofe.
‘ Everyone who knew him loved him." said Johnny ( arson of the comedian who often appeared on the “Tonight ’ show. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone ... I feel fortunate having my life touched by him.”
Learning of Benn vs death in a phone call from Burns, George Jes.sel said in Boise
Idaho. “If there is a place where good men live on, then their will be a place for Benny.”
Jack Bennv was a rarity in show business — a star universally liked by his fellow performers. In his radio and tele-vision character he was portrayed as tightfisted, vain, autocratic and temperamental, i Now STOP that! he ex claimed to the inanities of Dennis Day or Phil Harris .
In real life he was generous with his money — he paid highest prices to his ca *4 and writers _ and time He played benefits with regularity and especially enjoyed raising funds for symphony orches
tras with his tortured renditions of “The Bee” Vtthke other comedians who were constantly "on,” Benny was the be.-t audience in town and he roared at the jones of Burns and Hope Benny never seemed to say unkind things about any performers
Funeral services have been announced for Sunday in the Hillside Memorial Park Chapel. Rabbi Edgar F. Magmn will preside, and eulogies will be delivered by Hope and Burns. Private entombment will follow.
The CBS television network said it would broadcast a one hour triiHite to Benny on Sun-