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Poge 10 — Monday, June 17, 1985 / tUfre DR. THOMAS J. WALKER chairman : .: gets award ; ~ Dr. Thomas J. Walker of Indiana, ; chairman of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's vocational-technical . professional studies, recently " received the Calvin J. Cotrell award • from Temple University for his out- i standing leadership and research in ; vocational-technical education.' The award was given by Temple's • chapter of Omicron Tau Theta, a national national honorary society in vocation' vocation' al-technical teacher education. Walker serves on two national committees that are studying professional professional development and improving improving vocational teacher effectiveness. effectiveness. He also has published several • articles and technical reports on vocational-technical vocational-technical teacher preparation. preparation. Walker and his wife. Janet, have three daughters: Kristen. Michele and Lauren. Loss fund collects $5 million HARRISBURG (AP) — About 1 million vehicle owners have paid a S5 fee into a new fund set up to pay accident victims for their medical expenses that cannot be covered by auto insurance, the state Insurance Department says. The collection process is proceeding proceeding smoothly although some people are still confused by the bills for the fund, which began going out last month, said department spokeswoman spokeswoman Monica O'Reilly. Under a state law which took effect effect in October, auto insurance will pay only up to $100,000 for an accident accident victim's medical expenses. The new fund will pay for any medical 50 years later: Who shot Huey Long? BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 230,000 people take the guided tour of Louisiana's skyscraper skyscraper Capitol each year, and what most of them ask is,. "Where was it they shot Huey Long?" But 50 years after it happened, the question Dr. Thomas Weiss of New Orleans still asks is, "Who shot Huey Long?" He cannot believe it was his brother, Dr. Carl A. Weiss. Witnesses, who included a state Supreme Court justice, said Carl Weiss encountered Long in a hallway, hallway, shot him once with his -.32-caliber -.32-caliber pistol and then was killed by Long's bodyguards. Thomas Weiss, 19 at the time, admired admired his older brother and contends contends he was too fine a person, too sensitive, gentle, caring and good to have done such a thing. Yet there it is, embedded in history- history- "This is the 50th anniversary and it seems to be able to draw attention like an old fish draws flies, and it is going to be repeated over and over again, and it hurts and it is not fair," Weiss said in an interview. Sen. Huey Long. D-La.. the fabled "Kingfish" of this state's turbulent politics and a probable candidate for president in the 1936 election, was gunned down at age 42 on Sept. 8, 1935, in a pink marble first-floor hallway. Despite the half century that has passed, the backwoods Caesar remains remains fresh in memory for many. For Huey Long was. as he immodestly immodestly described himself, sui generis — one-of-a-kind. In death, as in life, he stirred controversy. controversy. Wild rumors sprang up after after his assassination, and a few still crop up on tours. "Some of the older people still bring them up." said Pat Archer, a Capitol tour guide. "One that seems to have hung on through the ages, believe it or not, is that Roosevelt had him shot." Long would probably have been President Franklin D. Roosevelt's primary opponent in 1936, a Depression Depression year in which the charismatic senator's "Share the Wealth" battle cry had a lot of appeal. Few historians think FDR would have lost such an epic clash. He, too, was sui generis. The impassioned politics of the day dominated such investigation as took place after the assassination. District Attorney John Odom, a Long opponent, did most of the questioning questioning at the coroner's inquest. Odom refused to believe witnesses who said Weiss, a 29-year-old ear. nose and throat specialist, had shot Long and then been riddled by at least 30 bullets fired by the guards, although no evidence to the contrary Teen-ager was ever produced. The Long family refused to authorize authorize an autopsy, and the family physician, Dr. E.L. Sanderson, reportedly reportedly declared, "Oh, no, we must not violate his sacred body." The coroner's official ruling was a bland conclusion that both men had died of gunshot wounds. Nothing was said about who shot whom. Long, shot once, died two days later. later. Weiss had 30 bullet holes in front, 29 in back, and 2 in the head — nearly nearly all inflicted as he lay sprawled on the marble floor, already dead. Witnesses at the inquest included John B. Fournet, the late state Supreme Supreme Court justice. He said he saw- Weiss pull out a pistol and shoot, and tried to knock Weiss' gun hand down by swatting at it with his hat. Tensions ran high after the shooting. shooting. Thomas Weiss recalls that -for two weeks he and his father feared for their safety. At one point they left Baton Rouge for four days. In his copyright version of the shooting, a speech given at a Tulane University forum last year, Thomas Weiss argues that while unexplained conflicts exist in the accounts of how it happened, reporters keep repeating repeating an erroneous version. Weiss prefers one of the rumors of that day — that the senator's bodyguards bodyguards accidentally shot their boss while emptying their pistols into Carl Weiss when he atttacked Long. The theory is that they then conspired conspired among themselves and with other witnesses to hide their poor marksmanship and kept the se'cret to the grave. "With all the firing that went on in that small space — I think it was 10 feet by 20 — I think people were hit that were not supposed to be hit," Weiss said. His brother's Browning automatic, automatic, which had been fired, was found beside his body. Weiss contends it must have been put there later. "The bullet that was found in Huey Long was never produced," he said. "Yet they very blatantly repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat that Carl walked up to Long and put a gun at his chest, and it was supposedly knocked down by Fournet, and it ended up being fired into the vicinity of the right upper quarter and went through his abdomen and exited from the back." Carl Weiss did have an apparent motive. On the day Long was shot, the Legislature was considering a bill designed to unseat Weiss' father-in-law, father-in-law, Judge Benjamin Pavy, who was fiercely anti-Long. But with no autopsy or official investigation, investigation, other than the inept inquest, the matter was unresolved. The late Rep. F. Edward Hebert, D-La., then a New Orleans newspaper newspaper reporter, recalled that when contradictions arose a few weeks after after the shooting, so little official evidence evidence was on file that he felt any case against Carl Weiss, had he lived, would have been shaky. T. Harry Williams, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Long, brushed off Thomas Weiss' version as one of the myths. "Carl Weiss was a sincere and idealistic young man who agonized over the evils that he believed Huey Long was inflicting on his class and state," Williams wrote. "He wept openly when he heard other people describe these evils, and he said to at least one person: 'I'm going to kill Huey Long.' "He was the kind of man who couTd spend a normal, happy day with his family and then commit an abnormal act,""Williams added. "He went into the Capitol that night to remove a tyrant ... and he went knowing that he himself would undoubtedly be killed. He did not care. He was willing to be a martyr." martyr." Thomas Weiss says he knows the odds against changing history. "It is like trying to pick up all the feathers from a pillow that has been shaken out of a 10-story window," he said. "You can't retrieve them all. But I would feel very guilty if I didn't make the attempt." For BUSINESS INSURANCE call: JIMSTRITTMATTER INSURANCE 413 Phlla. St., Indiana, Pe. PHONE 463-8722 NATIONWIDE INSURANCE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME PHONE 463-0548 DR.JOHNT.HODAN HODAN CHIROPRACTIC CENTER 1165 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA Hours: Monday through Friday 10-12,1-5,6-8 it's our anniversary NEW WAREHOUSE RACKS FEATURING LOW, LOW WAREHOUSE PRICES EXPANDED VARIETY OF FOODS

Clipped from Indiana Gazette27 Feb 1980, WedPage 10

Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania)27 Feb 1980, WedPage 10
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