The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 21, 1998 · Page 8
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A8 THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1998 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL ^JFRANK SINATRA'S DEATH friends say goodbye to Sinatra Hollywood celebrities join family in final tribute to legendary entertainer By JEFF WILSON The Associated Press • • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Hollywood royalty bid farewell to the : Chairman of the Board Wednesday in a simple church drenched with the aroma of flowers, remembering him as a "reckless, rogue, sentimental fel- la" who graced the world with : his talent. • "Boy, heaven .Will never be the same," Kirk Dou- tglas said to wild 'applause from about 400 mourners at Frank Sinatra's invitation-only funeral. Amidst thousands of white roses, orchids, chrysanthemums and, Sinatra's favorite, gardenias, showbiz superstars listened to tributes, sang a jubilant hymn and cried as they heard a recording of Sinatra's "Put Your Dreams Away." Before the start of the Mass, Sinatra's daughter Nancy laid her head T SATELLITE FAILURE The Associated Press Barbara Sinatra (left), wife of the late entertainer Frank Sinatra, is comforted Wednesday by actor Robert Wagner following funeral services for her husband in Beverly Hills, Calif. against the gardenia-draped casket in prayer for several minutes. Nearby, Liza Minnelli embraced Mia Farrow, Sinatra's ex-wife. Sinatra died of a heart attack May 14 at 82. During the two-hour service, Sinatra's widow, Barbara Sinatra, was the first to take communion from Cardinal Roger Mahony, the spiritual leader of the Los Angeles archdiocese, who would later remember Sinatra's philanthropic work. "He saw to the needs of others," said Mahony. Barbara Sinatra then sat in the front row as Sinatra's friends and family remembered him. The tributes were by turns touching and racy, reflecting the personality of a man who, his son told mourners, was "an original anomaly." Frank Sinatra Jr. called his father a "reckless, rogue, sentimental fella." "He sang for the world for 60 years," said Sinatra Jr. "Today and last night, everyone sang for him, and he listened." Following the tributes, Sinatra's casket was carried out of Good Shepherd Roman Catholic church to the hearse by pallbearers, including Sinatra Jr., singer Steve Lawrence, and comedians Don Rickles and Tom Dreesen. The hearse drove to Van Nuys airport where the casket was loaded on a private jet that flew to Cathedral City, near Palm Springs. In a simple ceremony at Desert Memorial Park, Sinatra then was buried next to his parents and his best friend, Jilly Rizzo. _L T ABRUPT SILENCE Newscaster falls silent; listeners rush to rescue By The Associated Press CRESTVIEW, Fla. — Radio listeners heard an abrupt silence as a veteran broadcaster was delivering the news. Then they heard him fall. George Cain, 53, suffered a brain aneurysm Monday morning during a broadcast at WJSB-AM in this Florida Panhandle city. Several minutes of the on-air silence was broken by the sounds of rescuers breaking thro'ugh the station's door, which was locked because he was alone for his early morning shift. The helpers included Mayor George Whitehurst, who had been listening to Cain's broadcast and called 911. Cain was in critical condition today at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola. He was breathing on his own and doctors hope to perform surgery to clamp the aneurysm — a rupture or weakening of a blood vessel — in about two weeks, said his daughter, Pam Calhoun. He remained unconscious, and doctors were uncertain what effect the attack had on his brain. ScCaay Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30 Sat. 8-4 827-5581 528 Kenwood Park Drive, Salina, KS Satellite over Kansas fails to communicate Out-of-position satellite brings unprecedented technological meltdown By The Associated Press GREENWICH, Conn. — From one end of the continent to the other, millions of pagers stopped beeping, gas pumps wouldn't take credit cards and TV and radio broadcasts were knocked off the air — all because a single satellite rolled out of position. It was a stark demonstration of the vulnerability of technology and just how dependent we have become on instant communication. The chaos began Tuesday evening when a satellite owned by PanAmSat of Greenwich suddenly lost track of Earth, knocking out service to an estimated 80 percent to 90 percent of the nation's 45 million or so pagers. PanAmSat immediately began shifting signals onto other PanAm- Sat satellites but said Wednesday that it will take about a week to restore service to everyone. Doctors, midwives, TV meteorologists, law officers — even drug dealers — scrambled to find ways to cope with the technology meltdown. Some hospitals turned on dusty loudspeaker systems that hadn't been used in years, credit card users actually had to walk into gas stations and pay an attendant, and people who are used to going out while they are on call had to stay by the phone. Ralph Griffith of Piano, Texas, was among those who stayed close to home. He was waiting to hear about the lung transplant he needs. "I don't think I'm going to leave until this is straightened out," he said. The $250 million Galaxy IV satellite rotated out of its proper position after its onboard computer control system and a backup system failed. PanAmSat said such an outage was unprecedented. The overall industry loss of satellites in orbit is less than 1 percent over the last five years. PanAmSat would not say how many customers were affected. 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