Argus in Fremont, California
29 May 1977

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29 May 1977

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Argus (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Fremont, California At least 120 die in Kentucky nightclub fire Southgate by. Up a raging tire swept through a packed supper club in this Cincinnati suburb late last night. At least 120 persons were killed. My men look a head count of 120 said Southgate fire chief David Riesenberg. There Are still More in there but we can t get to them. The Lawn is full of lie said. We re pulling the bodies out and putting them out on the the fire was still burning out of control Early this morning hampering Rescue efforts. A near capacity crowd of was at the nightclub which is on a Hill in Northern Kentucky across the Ohio Kiver from Cincin Nati. The featured attraction was Singer John Davidson. John Davidson had not appeared said Iliescu Borg. He was not Hurt. In fact he helped pull some people apparently he people got Liesenberg said. Obviously. Juicy panicked. Tie place was loaded with smoke and flames and the people could t find the the cause of the Blaze was not mini mediate by known. A second major fire was reported at the Dura paper co. In Ludlow. Ky., about five Miles Northwest of the supper club. It was not immediately whether there was a connection Between the two fires. We be got a pretty Good one going said a spokesman for the Ludlow fire de a run int. Wayne Dammert Maiorc d at the Beverly Hills said he thought the Blaze started in the Zebra room Oik of the club s 21 party rooms. We had a Lillic party around the Bottom of the stairs at the Zebra he said. It was a party of about 23 people. I was in that room for a few minutes to take their Bill in. And somebody yelled there s a lire in the room Ilire were a new Hundred people upstairs. Tie smoke got up the stairs so last in was unbelievable. We screamed for people to gel Back because Juicy had on each Side. They were All jammed Back Luiere were doors going to the roof. We tried our damnedest to kick thai door off. We could t get the thing off. Tie lights went off and All tie people panicked. They could t breathe. " lire area where i was in., my people were very orderly very Calm. They got Dov n through uie kill Hon and out of the i town. I think most of tire dead people were Down in the Richard Schaftlein. And his wife Linda 28. As Well As his Brollier Carroll and his wife Joyce All from were in tie club at the time of Hie fire. We were in the cabaret said Schaftlein. "1 would say the total in the place was 3.000 m 4.000 people packed like sardines. Just before John Davidson was to appear on stage two con indians Teter and Mcdonald were telling jokes. Then this boy waiter came out on stage look the microphone and said. There s a Small fire cd embody slay Schaftlein said " Lex two comics were terrific saying things like. We be Tiad a lot of people walk out of us but this is ridiculous Htun everybody started walking out. We were Lucky we were Al jut 10 Yards from an said Schaftlein then every body in thai Damn room was trying to get out die exit. After we got out the door people started pushing and sri Oke was coming through the door. 1 looked Back and saw a won tin in a red dress covered Wilh dirt and smoke. There must be hundreds of ambulances Ami fire engines All Over Pic he said. There was no screaming to litre were 1.500 people in dial room and i must have been the 200th out. People walked out very casually in was almost like Well it s a Aniali fire it was pretty Calm until us Lames erupted through inc a temporary morgue was set up Al the old it. Gliomas. By. Veterans Hospital. Fire departments from eight surrounding come Miles were rushed in tie club which had a main ballroom and dining room where Davidson was performing. This was in Addi Tion to the 21 private dining rooms St. Luke s and St. Klive Sibeth s hospitals in suburban Cincinnati were put on emergency Alert and called in doctors Wiesenberg said the was still burning out of control Early Oriya. We be sen everything we be got to the said a spokesman from to Ltd Campbell county. By. Kire department. Ken Hankie an attendant at a service station at it. Thomas three blocks from the supper club. Said. Of Llie people from uie club who slopped by tie station to catch a cab. Said they thought lie fire started in the Kilclief or tire dining room. They were evacuating jeckle in pickup trucks front the Anita Josefowicz a tiny Telescope is in her. Right Eye Telescope sewn to woman s Eye Philadelphia mrs. Anila Josofowicz saw her husband of id years for the first Lime yesterday thanks to a tiny Telescope implanted in lick right Eye. For 29 years mrs. Josefowicz. 48. Of n anti cock. Pa., has been Able to distinguish Only vague shapes and shadows but a three hour surgical operation by or. Juan Arentsen gave Lier 20-20 vision in one Eye and the ability to read the finest print and to distinguish colors. I was t a Bil she said of her husband s appearance when six first saw him. My husband s a Lilette bit grayer than i expected him to be but he s All mrs Josefowicz s husband Edward 52, a plumber for a construction firm visited her at wills Eye Hospital Here along with her son. Randall. 28. And other relatives. Everything is just she said As she exuberantly described uie colors of he Flowers in her hos Piunt room and her excite ment at having uie Opportunity to once again pursue her childhood pleasure of Reading. During tier 29 years of darkness she said she cried much in despair and once even suicide. Bui now. She said. I be cried a lot out of Liap piness now 1 feel 1 have nothing More to cry when Nurs. Josofowicz cried she had no tears thai was part of her problem. Adverse reaction to Medicine caused the Issue of her eyes to dry and become ski like. The operation that restored sight in her right Eye is the first to be performed in Pennsylvania and the third for or. Arentsen. Who performed two outliers in his Nalic country of Chile where he received his medical training. The operation was developed by or. Lleni Ando Cardona. Of col Nibia. While work ing in new York 10 years ago. Or. Arentsen said about 75 per cent of some 200 operations have proven successful. Mrs. Josefowicz s right Eye Lens was re moved about a month ago in preparation for the operation. During surgery a Teflon Collar one third of an Inch in diameter was sliced to her eyeball a Hole was punched Hirough the Cornea and a Small tens about one sixth of an Inch in diameter screwed into inc Collar. Fair weather for through tomorrow except for Patty night and morning Low Clouds the Weatherman Tayt. Slightly. Warmer with High irom to Low and overnight Lowi from the upper to Witt Ray afternoon and 3 3 . Editorial sports 23-25 to log movie guide 27 Ward 2 3133 1 of v Wjk. Vol. Xiv no. 31 Anil ii tin Fremont Newark Coli Fornix sunday May 29, 1977 68 pages 25 cents death toll less than expected United Inton Tiona i a predicted Bloodbath on tie nation s highways failed to materialize yesterday the first full Day of Keig memorial Day Holiday weekend. A United press International count showed Fiat As of . Put yesterday 119 persons had been killed in traffic Depauis since the memorial Day Holiday weekend began far Short of projections from safety officials. A breakdown of deaths traffic. 119 draw rings. 7 plane. 3 129 freeway Laden California led the list of traffic fatalities with ii. Followed by Michi Gan with 10 and new York with eight. The National safety Council predicted that Between 400 and 500 persons would die in traffic deaths Between 6 . Friday and Midnight tomorrow. The Council also Esti mated that Between and 23.000 persons might be injured in accidents on the Road during the 78-hour Holiday period. In Dulac. La. Three Brothers were killed Early yesterday in a broadside crash with another car. The Brothers were identified As Delvin Francis. 21. Melvin Francis. 20. And Bradley Francis. 17. A crop dusting plane near a Coleyville mo., struck a Power line and Cras lied in a Field killing the Pilot. Charles a. Aubuchon 28. Was spraying a Field five Miles East of Merlc Yville when the plane crashed and burned. The Missouri Highway patrol said. In St. Louis. Billy Robinson. M. Was struck and killed by a car shifted into gear by a 2 year old child. Authorities said Robinson was standing in front of a car containing Deborah Goforth and her child who fell on the gear shift. The car. Which hid its engine naming knocked Robinson 10 feet Bencale a parked Ruck. Steven Denn 19. Of Rural Madelia. Minn., drowned yesterday in a rain swollen Pond on his parents farm. Mis body was recovered in 15 feet of water. Authorities said Denn and a companion were Swiss ring when Denn apparently became tired and went under. The area has had seven to eight inches of rain in recent weeks arid sheriff s police speculated youth did not realize How deep the Pond had become. State physicist wife killed in Blaze Oakland or. Andrew Guthrie. Popu Lar physics and astronomy professor and founder of the physics department at califor Nia state University Hayward. In 1960, died Wilh his wife. In Nita in a fire Al incur Lionie which firemen said May have been caused by a soldering cigarette. The fire at . Friday gutted the Guthries one Story Home in the Oakland Hills near the Claremont la Noel. But the bedroom in which the bodies of Guthric. 61. And his wife. W. Were found was not burned Accord ing to Oakland fire department Hal Lalion chief John Thornton. The county Coroner s of fico listed the cause of death for or. Guthric As smoke inhalation and for mrs. Guthrie As smoke inhalation and heal Burns. She was found in bed. And or. Guthrie was found in a crouched position i the floor near a window Thornton said. Cal stale president Mccune told the Argus Andy Guthrie will he remembered for his generous giving of time Effort and invaluable scientific knowledge which lie shared Wlsh his students and Darrell Gray Dirc Clor of Public affairs of Cal state said or. Guthrie was a very popular exl vernely popular astronomy instructor. He got in into laymen s language Long before the space shots or Moon landings and really explained whal was happening. When the Moon landings and such did come about his students knew what was involved and could understand and Deal with i desc things in human Gray said. Kitty the Queen pts Rio by or. In Devill 1976 maid of Newark Denise Diggins crowns last night s Winner of the 1977 maid title. Kathleen Kitty Kious 17 year old memorial High school Slu Deal. The s-foot-4 Blue eyed blonde plans to attend foothill College in Altos Hills and miss Lorraine s Eling school. She will represent new Ark in the maid of Alaneda county contest at the county fair in pleas Anton next month. New Bishop plans for transition though Bishop John Cummins believes in a Strong Priesthood he also thinks Lay persons in the Church should assume More responsibility by Karen Holzmeister when Bishop John s. Cummins takes Over the Catholic diocese of Oak land at the end of next month he plans to sell the elegant Piedmont mansion his predecessor lived in and move Inlo a Church rectory. Place More responsibility on Lay Mem Bers of the Church to compensate for a shortage of priests. Eventually establish a pastoral Council to advise him. The 49-year-old Bishop was named earlier ibis month by inc Vatican to succeed the Lale Bishop Hoyd l. Begin. In an interview Wilh the daily review hiphop Cummins also expressed the follow ing views women should be allowed to assume certain ministerial roles but should not be ordained As priests. The Issue of inc papacy and certain cultural and institutional problems Are the Only things keeping catholics and protes Tants apart but movements toward ecumenism have slowed. The Cha Ristic movement is useful be cause it provides a style of prayer helpful to Many Bishop Cummins is inc supreme authority on All matters relating to the physical and moral Well being of the diocese which covers Alameda and Contra Costa counties. With mat authority ill shop Cummins says come responsibility and account Abili he is both a traditionalist and a progressive when it comes to theology and the role of the Church in the world Loday. He Hopes to better reconcile the divergent Points of View among catholics which resulted from directives emanating out of Vatican ii. Bishop Cummis has served for the last six years As executive director of the califor Nia Catholic conference and for three years As auxiliary Bishop Bolh in Sacramento. He won t be installed As the second Bishop of the 15-year-old diocese of Oakland until june 30, bul has spent some Lime in the diocesan office in Oakland since the announcement of his appointment. A ginning late next week however he will be in Southern California or three weeks to direct retreats. Bishop Cummis has spent most of his 24 years As a priest serving As Leacher administrator and religious executive. Bul he is not aloof Lothe responsibilities of a Parish priest. Bishop Cummins says he formulated Many of his ideas about the relevancy of the Church in today s life by whal he has heard in the confessional. Continued on Page 3, col. 4

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