Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
g The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Sept. 2, 1971
Lindbergh Died as He Lived
By Boh Considine
NEW YORK - Charles Lindbergh died as discreetly as he lived. It was exactly like the man not to make a big thing of either To paraphrase Kipling: He could confront both triumph and disaster “and treat those two imposters just the same.”
More or less against his will. Lindbergh became perhaps the most famous man in the world after his 33M*-hour solo flight in May, 1927, from New York to Paris in the single-engined “Spirit of St. Louis”. He later found himself one of the most controversial, even infamous, figures in the world. President Coolidge made him a colonel after the first of his great flights. President Roosevelt busted him when he reported for service in World war II. President Eisenhower made him a general. Earlier than Eisenhower’s “pardon,” millions who had cheered him booed him as pro-Nazi
He went through a more agonizing personal life than almost any American who comes to mind His first-born child by gifted Anne Morrow daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, a two-year-old son named after him, was kidnaped from their home near Hopewell, N. J., on March I. 1932, and murdered by the abductor. Bruno Richard Hauptmann — who was executed in the electric chair four years later. The track-down, of Hauptmann had taken many-agonizing turns: The eccentric machinations of a balmy intermediary, “Jafsie”, a $100,000 hoax by former justice department official, Gaston Means. an even crueler hoax by a demented churchman who led the stricken father on a wild goose chase in Chesapeake bay. and the services of two hoodlums who promised to deliver the child, through criminal-world connections. All failed. The child's wasted body was found by a Negro truck driver who inadvertently pulled his vehicle over to the side of a road near the bleak Lindbergh residence on Sourland mountain and went into the brush to relieve himself.
Rocky, Spiro Share Spot on Creole Menus
NEW ORLEANS (API -Rockefeller and Agnew share a common billing in New Orleans — on menus
Oysters Rockefeller, a concoction of spinach and oysters, was named after John Rockefeller, the grandfather of Vice-president-designate Rockefeller It is still standard fare in New Orleans restaurants.
“The sauce was rich and he was rich.” said Angelo Alcia-tore, manager of Antoine’s restaurant, where the dish was created
A more recent creation, Shrimp Creole Agnew, was named after former Vicepresident Agnew, who visited New Orleans frequently and always stopped in at another restaurant. Brennan s
Lindbergh, with his wife and more children coming along, became an embittered recluse. He could number his friends on the fingers of his hands. They included Juan Trippe, who had formed Pan American. Sam Pryor, vice-president of Pan Am, fellow air-adventurer Howard Hughes, Hap Arnold. Jimmy Doolittle, Peke Lyman of the New York Tunes, and a fine pilot who flew him later. Tony Story.
What probably drove Lindbergh to leave the I S. after his son s murder was one of the horrible aggravations that subsequently haunted him. An aggressive photographer, seeking a picture of the new baby, Jon Lindbergh, whose nurse had taken him out for a spin, ran the Lindbergh car off the road in an attempt to get a shot of the baby.
So Lindbergh packed up and slipped away one quiet night for England The only person he told was Peke Lyman, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the scoop. He went to work in several new fields, including the role of assistant rescan her in work on an “artificial heart.”
But it was the curse of the man that he could never be let alone In the eyes of the world. he ranked, in effect, with Columbus and Magellan, if not Marco Polo. Every nation wanted to do something for him. get him out of his shy barriers and pose him with their leaders. And so. almost inevitably, the Nazis threw an unexpected decoration over his neck in 1938 It was good timing for Hitler, bad timing for most of the rest of the world. Lindbergh came back from Europe to find himself the darling of the pro-Nazi “Ke'ep the U.S. Out of the War” movement
Match Out Lindbergh failed abysmally as he had succeeded triumphantly in the air. to get to the ground of whatever he had said during his trip to German aviation factories and airdromes he had visited. What he had ‘■aid was. to the West. at least, “Watch out! They’re getting ready to bust you.”
It was misunderstood as Nazi propaganda. He came home to make his point but, instinctively, simple soul that he was. he found himself immersed in the nutty areas of Fritz Kuhn’s Bundists, the America Firsters and God knows how many-other preposterous groups None of them was worthy to carry the goggles or leather helmet of a man who changed
the history of vs or Id transportation.
FOR angrily cast Lindbergh into exterior darkness. Hap Arnold shone a bit of light upon him. apparently without the consent of the Commander-in-Chief
The conduit between Lindbergh’s Benedict Arnold image and his revival as the incomparable Lone Eagle was crusty-old Henry Ford. Old Henry, who didn’t think war was a very good way to settle arguments, had tried to stop World war I with his “Peace Ship”. He tried to buck the inexorable avalanche toward U S participation in World war II to such an extent that EDR ordered Ford-built cars thrown out of the W hite House garage.
Now he had his young friend Lindbergh to think about. Lindbergh had piloted the Ford Tri-Motor plane in which old Henry took his first (and only! airplane flight W ith the nod of Hap Arnold, he put Lindliergh to work at Willow Run, to speed up the incredible production line of the B-24 There wasn't a word in the newspapers or on the radio. Nary a leak Lindbergh went on from that silent chore of production into a world he could not have dreamed of as a young mail pilot and one-m-a-million shot to Ik* the first to fly the Atlantic solo. (In respect to the famous flight, he was so naive while waiting to take off from Roosevelt field, N Y , he thought nobody would notice if he made it to Paris, so he signed up with a newspaper clipping service to send him clips of his success, if any. at IO cents a clipping He wanted them for a scrapbook )
When he made it, the first six pages of the New York Times were devoted to his feat, as were many other newspapers I in the world. His first bill front the clipping service was; something like $5(1.(MMI Which was about $48.(MMI more than he had earned for his previous year or two as an airmail pilot. flying between St Louis and Chicago.
That stint had nearly ended his life One stormy night, without the benefit of lights or proper guidance systems, he came upon grievous trouble as a mail pilot The Liberty engine of his World war I DH-4 started to sputter, and finally the propeller stopped dead Lindbergh, destined to be the symbol of everything that is glorious in the realm of adventure, waited a bit and then bailed out. (It was his second parachuting, having saved himself from death by going over the side of a trainer at Kelly air base training quarters several years before.)
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Alas, his abandoned DH-4 sprang back to life Seems that when he jumped out it tipped forward and the gas in its tank moved forward into the engine.
Town Mourns Pet Donkey
PORT COST A, Calif (AP> -The -Jim citizens of this village plan a memorial dinner for their late mascot, a 4-year-old. HUO-pound Zacko.
“The kids in town immediately fell in love with Zacko," his owner. Mililani Wood. said Tuesday. “They would come up the hill and feed him ail the time ”
Zacko wandered into Joe Arias' backyard last week and started fighting with Arias' dog. Arias told sheriff's deputies he fired two shots in the* air with his pistol, but the two animals kept fighting, so he fired at Zacko. who fled into the* night
The next morning, Zacko was found a short distance away, mortally wounded
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as the nose headed down. The engine, primed by its turning vvind-friction propeller, found new life and the chase was on The chase of the parachuting Lindbergh, that is
The plane circled him as he drifted down to a farm . . all the way.
I ran down Pennsylvania avenue in Washington after the Lindbergh parade in 1927. Shouting his name So many, many years later I finally met him. through Tony Story, as a small group of us was coming back from Cape Kennedy after the launching of one of the Apollo shots I was the only reporter on the Pan Am Falcon, and was placed opposite my hero of old in the forward seat.
“Don't ask him any questions.” Willis Player of Pan Am said.
I was therefore timid about such questions as “Hi. how are you?” and “What was it like fighting Zeroes in a P-38 when nobody knew you were ev en in the war'*” “What’s that story about your clearing out the rugs in your Connecticut house on Saturday nights and you and Mrs Lindbergh dancing with all the children?” “Why didn’t you ever accept a raise from Pan Am. from the original $5(Ml a month they gave you when you laid out the Atlantic routes?"
I wish he were around, so I could ask him A reporter has so damned few heroes in his time.
James Earl Ray Hearing Oct. 22
MEMPHIS (AP) - A hear-mg will begin Oct 22 to determine whether James Earl Ray is entitled to a new trial iii the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.
C S. Judge Robert McRae scheduled the evidentiary hearing :*rter a conference with attorneys for Ray and the state.
McRae said Ray will be heavily guarded when he is brought from the state prison
in Nashv die for the evidentiary hearing The .judge set aside two weeks for the hearing.
The C S. circuit court of appeals ordered the hearing into Ray s claim that he was coerced into pleading guilty in 1969 and was inadequately represented by counsel. Ray is serv ing a 99-year sentence in the slaying of the civil rights leader.
More Government In Solar Energy Asked
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Prospects are bleak for developing solar energy unless the government actively intervenes to promote the fhsigling industry, businessmen and researchers at a major solar energy conference say.
“The question of solar development revolves very much around what the federal government and the individual state governments do or don’t do,” Sheldon Butt told a conference sponsored by the U.S. Section of the International Solar Energy Society.
Butt is president of Solar Energy Industries Assn , a Washington-based group of businesses that manufacture solar equipment.
A spokesman for the National Science Foundation said $50 million in federal funds are available this year for solar energy research, and he said federal funds will increase dramatically in the next few years.
But industry representatives
at the conference said far more than $50 million a year will be nettled
The new interest in solar energy was prompted by the energy shortage. Fossil fuels such as coal and oil are becoming increasingly scarce, but energy derived from the sun is almost limitless Dr. Susumu Karaki, a Colorado State university professor of civil engineering who is conference chairman, said that without large-scale government promotion “it. looks as if perhaps IO to 21) years of research might be needed before setting up a small pilot plant to show that technically the system can work.”
Such a plant would demonstrate that solar energy can provide electricity for a large city, Karaki said
Urge Home Project Butt and other businessmen urged the government to set up a large-scale demonstration project to show that solar energy can be used to heat homes.
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