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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta JUM 12, 1973 THE LETHiRIDGI HIKALD Separated by only 17 miles aiou jjy uuiy j.i jwuw Billionaires Hughes, Getty live in country where eccentricity admired ftniv IT Hmwn of MJI I Two feart aw- Huffhes have a great deal in, And legends of parsimony. testintf his high-weed XF-lli until Fortune magazine billed I medal from Cowtro LONDON (AP) Only 17 miles separate them, but they live worlds apart. One, Howard Hughes, is a re- cluse. The other, J. Paul is a public gadabout. Both Americans; both among the richest men in the world; both part of an English society where eccentricity is admired. Now the word is going about Mayfair that Hughes, the pent- house hermit, Is about to fly his ninth-floor coop overlooking Buckingham Palace and bead for yet another hotel on still an- other continent. His second three-month British entry visa drawn curtains of bis Hyde Park aerie, Getty has become an almost public figure. He is known hereabout as the world's richest man, to distinguish him from Hughes, billed as the world's second richest man. Getty has, among other things, thrown open Sutton Place, his manorial estate, to the public for a charity ball, a fashion show, an exhibition of his art treasures and an open bouse gala that drew guests. He has been interviewed on BBC-TV and written articles for a British automotive magazine HOWARD HUGHES recluse J. PAUL GETTY gadabout expires June 22. No effort, so far, has been made to renew it. Since the Inn on the Park never has acknowledged Hughes presence in suites 901 and 902, the management de- clines to confirm any movement in or out of the triple set of locked doors monitored by TV cameras. They say someone is occupying the quarters per- manently leased to banker N. M. Rothschild, but they really don't know who. Food trays are still left at the door. Maids are permitted in only the anterooms. Window washers are told to get lost. GETTY MAY GO, TOO Meanwhile, 17 miles away In the lovely Surrey countryside, J. Paul Getty, just turned 80, sits in his Tudor mansion and talks more and more of retiring to California. Tells friends he wants to be a beachcomber, get away from it all. Getty has talked like this ever since settling in England 13 years ago, especially on rainy days. But intimates say he now is almost obsessive on the sub- ject. It has been a wet spring, and the British press has been piqued at his plunking down for Titian's Death of Ac- taepn, which the National Por- trait Gallery had to raise money to buy back. More so than the reclusive Hughes, Getty frets about what the local people think of him. Their differing attitudes to- ward public opinion reflect their separate life styles here, which in a way have become accept- able parts of the British scene. Tycoons, particularly the Yan- kee brand, are expected to be somewhat eccentric. Compared the elusive Hughes lurking behind the advising motorists never to tip gas-station attendants. "I don't like to lock myself up, I like meeting says Getty. He is frequently seen about town at movie premieres, theatre first nights, book lunch- eons, art shows and royal-com- mand performances, often on the arm of Margaret, Duchess of Argyle. It was she who threw his big birthday bash at the Dorchester last Dec. 15. "I believe in living life as full as Getty told Aristotle Onassis over a New York's Eve glass. The Minneapolis-bom oilman has scotched all rumors about business deals with Hughes by letting it be known he hadn't seen his old Texas friend in 30 years. Hughes, as usual, said noth- ing. Since the Inn on the Park never heard of him, all cables and phone calls were relayed to his Los Angeles headquarters, where he hasn't been seen in 20 years. In a town where lords of the realm have trouble bedding down beyond the scandal-seek- ing eyes of press cameras, Hughes has managed to keep an amazingly low profile. Besides a "six-man back- field" of trusted aides, all non- smoking, non-drinking Mor- mons, the Hughes entourage in London is known to consist of several women, including a nurse, a cook and a masseuse. Since he arrived here Dec. 27, 1972, by his private Lockheed jet from earthquake-shattered Managua, Nicaragua, the com- ings and going at the day lodgings have been logged faithfully by the press. Alcohol traffic fatalities drop OTTAWA (CP) Alcohol was involved in only 27 per cent of Alberta traffic fatalities in 1972 compared with 75 per cent the previous year, Dr. Max M. Can- tor, the province's chief, coron- er, said this week. "I don't know the reason but I'm very he told a meeting of the traffic injury research foundation. "We're really quite out of line with the statistics in other prov- inces." Dr. Cantor said three things may account for the marked drop in drinking drivers: has stepped up its law enforcement program in an effort to control impaired driv- ing. Newspapers, radl o and television have given a great deal of publicity to the dang- ers of impaired driving. are requiring those convicted of impaired driving to take an education program. But despite the drop in drink- ing drivers, Alberta has had a great increase in the number of fatalities, to 492 traffic deaths in 1972 from 284 in 1971. SPEEDING CITED Dr. Cantor blames the In- crease in fatalities on fast dri- ving. "In Alberta we are get- ting more straight speedways and faster cars. And people who suffer from a heavy foot. "I was very surprised to find that there were so few drugs involved in fatal he said. A recent study in Edmonton of 400 homes showed the most common drug used was tran- quilizer, he said. It was found in more medicine cabinets than were headache tablets or even contraceptive tablets. The fourth most common drugs were various type of mood-elevating or anti-depres- sant medications. "With that amount of mood- changing drugs around, I'm sur- prised that so few of the fatali- ties involved drug use." Dr. Cantor described an- other Edmonton survey involv- ing a breath test for every per- son treated in the emergency department of a hospital. Of persons tested, had breath analysis readings of more than .08 per cent, the legal limit for driving he said. Another factor that may ac- count for some of the drop in drinking driven la Dr. Cantor's own hard-line campaign against it. He said he uses "every poli- tical influence" to persuade po- liticians to take a hard line against impaired driven. _ Two world famous heart sur- geons showed up one day; then an electric wheel chair, fol- lowed by rolls of plastic floor covering, undoubtedly to protect the deep-pile Rothschild carpets from whomever was doing the wheeling. Living their separate life styles in England, Getty and Hughes have a great deal in common besides money. Both hate to have their pictures taken. Both have an biding premonition of being robted, kidnapped or murdered, and live in constant fear of fire or natural disaster. They are endlessly besieged by beggars and adventurers. And legends of parsimony surround them both. Both are citizens of ths night. While England sleeps, Getty if often puttering about in his pantry cooking up a predawn snack. Hughes, 67 on his last birth- day, has been an insomniac since his 1946 crash landing testing his high-speed XF-11 plane. He is notorious for call- ing up aides, who haven't heard from him in decades, at 3 a.m. In their later years, the two billionaires seem almost to have exchanged rotes in life. Getty, who has lived abroad since 1951, was virtually un- known in the ranks of tycoons until Fortune magazine billed him as the world's richest man in 1957. Hotel rooms then were his mansion and hack seat cf a Cadillac his office. Hughes, as a aareuevil pilot, movie-maker and rich man about town, was often in the newsreels receiving the keys to a city, receiving a medal from Congress, climbing down from the cockpit of one of his own-design planes after test run or a world record hop or escorting one of Hollywood's stars. Now in the winter of their days, it is Getty who gads about and swings, while Hughes out his life in rented rooms. If you're going 'round in circles about the new tires, we'll set you straight. Radials. Steel radials. Steel belted tires. It's got to be confusing. What exactly is a radial tire? What's the difference between a steel radial and a steel belted tire? Most important are any of the new tires right for you? Don't try and figure it out yourself. Just come in and talk. Together, we can decide on the kind of tires you should be using. Depending on the kind of car you drive, the kind of driving you do, the kind of money you want to spend. Maybe it'll be General's Dual-Steel Radial. The latest in radial design. It's quiet smooth-riding, and ideally suited to Canadian driving conditions. Or there's the General Steelbelt 780. Another new design, and you should price it before you buy any belted tire. Two very different tires, in terms of con- struction, performance and price. But like all nine different types of General tires, very good value for your money. For tires that fit us, yourGeneral Tire dealer. Our everyday low prices, service and know -how add up to a tire deal you can't beat any- where. And even if you don't know a 78-series from a 4-plus-2, we'll bet you know good value and service when you get it. j STRAIGHT! DUAL-STEEL RADIAL STEELBELT 780 SPRINT JET RADIAL (for ELRICH TIRE LTD. 402 1st Ave. S. Phone 327-6886 or 327-4445 lETHBRIDGE BOW ISLAND People you can depend on for tires you tan depend on ;