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A22-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 REAL ESTATE EXAM REFRESHER FOR THE DEC. 1 3th EXAM "FLA'S OLDEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL" T.J. BIRMINGHAM PH. 848-6111 Trouble Haunts Kent Photo Girl By VICTORIA GRAHAM . tit : 1 1 S sfs AUCTION In this 1970 photograph, Mary Ann Vecchio, who turned 21 yesterday, kneels beside a Kent State University student killed by National Guard gunfire. Mary became a symbol of troubled youth, and she remains in trouble. AP Wirephoto FURNITURE and Snack bar Equipment at Sal Haven Auditorium. Vi mile south of Indiantown Road on A1A. Jupiter, Fl., Thurs., Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. Selling about 40 refrigerators. Right and' left hand swings, washers, dinette sets, 5 hutches, dressers, chest of drawers, many twin beds, kitchen sets, occasional chairs, lots of lamps, Davenports, Santa Claus and 2 deer with Sleigh, wood bar stools, 14 upholstered bar stools, counter, wash tank, fountain, cooler, water heater, pie case, low refrigerator, steam table and trays, about 15 booths, 5 stack chairs, 3 bookcases and many lawn chairs & tables. Inspection 1 hour before auction Terms Cash or good check R. K. Beebe Auctioneer 683-1974 0) 0) VUUU 14 DIAMONDS 14 CARAT $250.00 FLORAL $250.00 T.W. EARRINGS Your Cost 1 CAR AT T.W. RINGS FOR LADIES AND MEN $500.00 12 CARAT DIAMOND SOLITAIRES YOUR CHOICE $29X2 7 DIAMOND RINGS 1 CARAT T.W. MSft80 $795.00 44880 $800.00 YOUR CHOICE 9 DIAMOND TRIO SET $347.50 Your Cost CARATS T.W. $1,025.00 59900 I 2 CARATS T.w. $1,495.00 879W 3 CARATS T.W. N$2,350.00 Your Cost $-iraaoo RINGS $575.00 ILLUSTRATIONS ENLARGED T.W." total wan SALE PRICES GOOD 3 DAYS ONLY WHILE QUANTITIES LAST MIAMI (AP) - "I hope my birthday separates my old life from the new one I'm trying to put together," says Mary Ann Vecchio. "I'm trying to change, trying to grow up. It's not easy, and sometimes it scares me. I just want to be known as Mary, not Mary from Kent State." Mary was the sobbing girl in the Kent State photograph. She was a symbol of troubled youth. Still troubled and still in trouble, she turned 21 yesterday. She has come a long way from that day in 1970 when she kneeled in the blood of a student killed by National Guardsmen during an anti-war demonstration at Kent State University in Ohio. She was a 14-year-old runaway and would-be flower child, when she cried over his body and threw up her arms in despair and disbelief. That photograph of Mary won a. Pulitzer Prize and appeared worldwide. She says it turned her life into hell, with torrents of hate mail and harassment. She was called a "Communist bitch," a "dirty hippy," a whore. "Too bad it wasn't you that got shot," said an anonymous writer whose sentiments were echoed many times. Six years later, growing up is coming slowly to Mary, the girl who was equated by some with the youth movement. "Now, I can read those things about me and not burst into tears," she says, "I can feel -sorry for the person who wrote them. I can accept that some people don't like me. "I don't have the nightmares, and I try not to look at the picture anymore." For the first time in years, the high school dropout is thinking of school and has registered for junior college. The overweight girl in flowered blue jeans has lost 100 pounds, found a steady boyfriend and wears pretty clothes. Her face now looks gaunt, with hollow cheeks and deep but lively eyes. Friends say she looks a little like Joan Baez or Cher Bono. But the record isn't good, and Mary has a long way to go. She is out of work and out of money. She faces charges of prostitution and massaging without a license after her arrest in October at a Miami massage parlor. She pleaded innocent and was ordered to stand trial Dec. 16. She refuses to discuss it except to say it marks the end of a time she wants to leave behind. In 1973 she pleaded no contest to a charge of offering to commit prostitution. Mary lives in a suburb with the family of Allen Lerner, former manager of the massage parlor where she was arrested. She moved in after they were arrested and the place closed. "Mary Ann is a wonderful person who needs love and understanding and needs to be left alone," says Lerner's wife Denise. Mary Ann is dating their 20-year-old son Bif, who is training to be a security guard. Their 19-year-old daughter Leslie convinced Mary Ann to enter junior college. She wants to study acting and theater. Already having achieved a certain dubious stardom, Mary admits: "I'd like to be a star, but a good star, someone people really admire." Standing outside their small home at night, listening to the rustle of palms and grasses, and looking up into the sky, Mary says: "I'm glad to be out here and away from the city. It was driving me into the alleys and corners and crevices of life." Police drove her out of Miami, she adds, and she was glad, to go. The years since Kent State have been confused. "I've been so wrapped up and troubled," says Mary, petting one of the six family cats. "It's been like trying to get out of a big paper bag. I've been wary and holding back from people. I'm just starting to relate to people now." Mary sees herself as a victim. She is bitter about "bad publicity, bad breaks, bad luck and the way my life turned out so far." She compares her situation to that of Patty Hearst, another symbol of radicalism, saying: "Patty shouldn't have gotten breaks, but she had money. I didn't. If you're poor like me, they nail you to the cross." She complains of police and press harassment. But some who have known Mary say that from the beginning, she was troubled, from a troubled family and was headed for trouble with or without Kent State. Mary admits: "I don't know if I can blame it all on Kent State, but that started it." And, she laughs, "It sure put Opa-locka on the map." One of six children of a strict port authority foreman, Mary was restless and bored in Opa-locka, a fading, stucco city. She wanted out of the uneasy family, was captivated by the antiwar movement, and ran away from home, rather than toward activist politics. She almost strayed into the Kent State protest, stumbled upon death and slammed into reality. "I didn't know what it meant to die," she said, driving toward a North Miami Beach ni'ght club where she wanted to listen to music and dance. "After that, I sort of went crazy," she said. She ran some more, was sent home to her parents, went to a juvenile home, couldn't settle down and ran away again. This time, her travels took her hitchhiking around the country, and she crossed it seven times between her 16th and 17th years. It read like a counterculture travel log: the Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, Telegraph Avenue In Berkeley and the East Village in New York. 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