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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1

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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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WEATHER Partly cloudy and warm through Monday with a 30 per cent chance of showers. Low in the low 70s. High in the low 80s. Southeasterly winds around 15 m.p.h. Data, A2 Awards The Palm Beach ID ost ime Pyle Kennedy Pulil'zer 278 PAGES-: -PRICE THIRTY-FIVE CENTS VOL. XLill NO. 51 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 12, 1976 Ford: 'I'm Too Young To elate' Veg will encompass some participation on college and university campuses, some philanthropic work, some connections in the business world. "I will have some political activity, not at the nuts and bolts level, but I intend to have an influence in the Republican party," he said. "Of course, I expect to write a book, one or more. "I will make no firm commitments in any of these fields until after the 20th of January." Ford laughed about published reports he had plunged into a depression after his Nov. 2 defeat. "Where did those crazy impressions come from? They are really totally without fact or foundation. "The truth is, I have had enough experience in life where you win some and you lose some. I have never been one who sat around and sulked affer I lost one. I always looked forward to the next challenge." Asked about reports he dislikes Carter, Ford shook his head. "I think we have developed a friendship. I tried in a post-election meeting to be cordial and friendly to him, and he reciprocated. I couldn't say that we are bosom friends. We just didn't have that much exposure to one another, but there is absolutely no antagonism. By RICHARD H. GROWALD WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford says he is not sulking over his election defeat and will leave the White House "with my chin up" for the exciting challenge of campus, charity, business, politics and literature. In his first published interview since losing to-Jimmy Carter, Ford told UPI: "I am too young to vegetate." Puffing a pipe and seated in a leather wing chair next to a crackling fire in the Oval Office Wednesday, Ford singled out no reasons for his defeat. "We lost. We did the best we could. "We have a clear conscience and I am going to leave the White House with my chin up and I am going to be looking forward to an exciting and challenging time ahead." Ford appeared puzzled about reports he dislikes Carter, and that - distraught over losing the presidency he has turned into a White House recluse. He preferred to talk of his achievements and disappointments in the White House, of the Russians, the Chinese, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, the Republican party, his family and his future. "I have made a basic decision that I am not going to take a job that will keep me busy on that particular job 10, 12 hours a day. I anticipate a variety of activity that "That is not my nature," Ford said. "So I felt it was not only a personal responsibility but a responsibility as President to be as friendly, and I was, and I think he did the same." Asked about Carter's remarks that he might ask Ford to help him the way Harry S Truman utilized Herbert Hoover, Ford nodded. "I think depending upon what he wants me to do, I will be very glad to cooperate with him." Does he see himself as an elder statesman? Turn to FORD, A21 His Midnight Pounding Saved Them From Fire 1 Hp-- "V f - J1 . S ,, i VI. HI mm f 0 ' - U 77'i r ' 4 HV ' : By TIM TUCKER Post Staff Writer LANTANA - The determined efforts of a 14-year-old boy may have saved the lives of seven persons when a quick-spreading fire erupted in the bedroom of their Lantana home early yesterday. The hero in the midnight drama was neighbor David Aultz of 3932 Pensacola Drive, who will be 15 Thursday. Only his continued pounding on the door of the burning house awoke Pat Dover and the six children inside and saved them from becoming engulfed by the fire. Firemen from the Reservation Fire Department arrived on the scene and quickly extinguished the flames. Ms. Dover, who had been in a deep sleep after coming home tired from work, said David's quick thinking saved the lives of her and the children, ages 5 to 8. "I'm so grateful to David," she said. "If it wasn't for him, we'd have never gotten out of there alive. "If he hadn't woken me up, we wouldn't have woken up until it was too late," she said. "The fire was spreading real fast. As fast as it was spreading, we'd have never made it out in time. I'm sure of that." David shrugged off praise. "I only wished I would have seen it earlier," he said. "I wish I would have seen it before it burned up the bedroom." David said he discovered smoke coming out of the children's bedroom window by accident. "I was ready to go to bed and I went to shut my window, but it wouldn't close," he said. "I went outside to fix it. As I was walking around to the window, I saw the smoke." After waking his father and telling him to call the fire department, David ran to the house, which is located at 5931 Nowata Road, behind his home. He said his mind was filled with thoughts of the children possibly being trapped inside the burning bedroom. "I was thinking they slept in there just about every night, so they could have been inside," he said. "But I was wondering why they weren't screaming. I was wondering if they were on fire." His frantic pounding awakened Ms. Dover, who also thought the children were in the bedroom. "I went to the bedroom as fast I could and opened the door and the whole room was engulfed in flames," she said. "I tried to go in a couple of times, but the fire was too much for me. "I thought the kids were trapped in there," Ms. Dover said. "But then I heard them screaming and I knew they were in another room." "I just knew they were in the bedroom," she said. "But apparently they got up sometime in the night and came in where I was sleeping. I was so tired from work that I just fell asleep in the living room. I was really lucky, because the kids sleep in there almost everv night." Ms. Dover said the young children escaped unharmed without panicking. t '-t . f I -fv 1 ' 1 m Staff Ptioto by J. Scott Applewhite , Neighbor David Aultz . . . discovered fire by accident I Wt ':w.. I (w:;w - i WaWm A spokesman for the Reservation Fire Department said the bedroom was almost destroyed and the rest of the house was damaged heavily by smoke. Firemen would not estimate the loss in dollar value. "David is a modest boy," Ms. Dover said. "If it wasn't for him, some of us might have got out, but not all of us. "What he did was really commendable," she said. "It's something that doesn't happen everyday." Fire officials say they have not discovered how the fire started, but one source said the fire may have been caused by a faulty electrical outlet. 1 -iiMifcii,il'4Wili itiiSiMiiitiiillfcri'iraiiiiriw rtl-tiii-im -1fn' iff lui in CONTRASTS Immokalee is the home of 5,000 residents where some question its future millionaires, middle-class people, small-farm and others assert, 'Everything in life is right owners, migrant workers, hundreds on welfare here. People either love it or hate it. Nobody is and winos. It is a community of contrasts. Post neutral.' Staff Writer Larry Mlynczak visits the town of Story, CI Heidtman Inside Today Dolphins Kidnap Four gunmen believed to be Basque separatists kidnap an adviser to King Juan Carlos of Spain in apparent attempt to disrupt Wednesday's vote on government reform. Story, A8 Miami Dolphin wide receiver Freddie Solomon (86) takes some punishment from a Minnesota defender during yesterday's game in the Orange Bowl. The Dolphins' dismal season ended on a low note as the playoff-bound Vikings rolled to a 29-7 victory. Story, El 'Roasted' By Friends Bv DICK DONOVAN ' " lZiMmw Mt ,,.1,11 v J "S. Z V S. v "'if tit ' l f 4 v t 1. '' t.. Index ' Amusements G3-5,8,9 Bassine El Bridge Column Gil Classified Ads D9-23 Crossword Puzzle Gil Dear Abby C7 Editorials D2 GED Lesson D8 Horoscope C19 Letters D2,5 Murray E1S Obituaries B12 People A19 Stocks FF3-8 Warters E2 Weddings, Engagements C19 Terrv Bradshaw scores one , :!' 15 i ,i touchdown and throws for another to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 21-0 win over Houston and a spot in the National Football League playoffs. Story, El at Ti il I I 'lilftMi liWrtifc,. I)1V llliMil It'll i I m WVl' -HIHII rill f i .ill Mnn-i Staff Phote by Akin 4uw Pott Staff Writer PALM BEACH SHORES - They roasted a lame duck named Heidtman here last night, and while it didn't quite come up to the barbecue the English gave Joan of Arc, most of the folks would agree it was a hot time in the old Colonnades Beach Hotel. But, really, the whole thing was just an exercise in fun and games. It was billed as a testimonial for the white-haired William Heidtman, who in the past nine-plus years took a cowboy-type, hicksville sheriff's department and turned it into a police agency that has earned more than its share of national recognition. In all, about 300 "friends of Heidtman" sat in on the roasting last night. Some of the friends were there because they thought it was something they had to do. Others, because their money had helped keep Heidtman in office. And, maybe there were some who really had nothing better to do. But, mostly, they were people who knew that, despite his cocky bravado, despite his fanfare porno raids, Bill Heidtman did a better job than, as election opponent Democrat Richard Lopez has said, "any other sheriff in the history of Palm Beach County." As one of the roasters put it last night, "I can tell you that Bill Heidtman is not only the best sheriff Palm Beach County has ever had, he's the best sheriff the state has ever had. He's the best sheriff this country has ever had." One of the principals last night was Richard Burke, a man who a few years ago was Heidtman's opponent in a charter-revision movement. Others included former astro-Turn to HEIDTMAN, A18 Pardon Cant Heal Evader's Trauma He remembers being away from his wife and two children. He remembers $20,000 in legal expenses through his court appearances. And he remembers that he formerly was a community college art instructor. He has not been able to secure a similar position since his felony conviction. "It put an end to a pretty good career," he said. "This whole thing has been going on for nine years. The last six months seem like a return to normalcy. And then this pardon came along. I don't think it's going to make me feel any differently. It will just mean I have a piece of paper to substantiate what I always felt." Turn to DRAFT, A23 draft," he said. "I sought to circumvent the draft legally. I had some certifiable medical problems." In 1974, his legal recourses ran out and Blakely was sentenced to six months in prison, along with two years' probation and a $2,500 fine. He remembers using his hands to indicate how woozy and out of focus he felt standing before Chief Judge Charles B. Fulton of the U.S. District Court in Miami and hearing a jury's guilty verdict. "I didn't for a minute think I would be convicted of a thing," he said. Blakely can recount the impact of the conviction on himself and on his family. He feels his sentence was a contributing factor to a heart attack his father suffered. By JOHN PETERSON Poll Stiff Writer Jeff Blakely of Lake Park served three months in federal prison as a Vietnam War draft evader. He is one of a small number of Palm Beach County men who are awaiting what is expected to be one of the first and most controversial acts of President-elect Jimmy Carter's administration a blanket pardon for draft evaders. Blakely remembers bitterly six years of fighting selective service laws and sees the benefits of a pardon, such as regaining voting rights, as minor consolation for an experience he wants to leave behind him. "I wish other people could have gone through those three months and seen the type of pressures that were brought to bear on you," he said. "My family had to undergo a loss of income and my wife was ostracized by a couple of her friends. This is an anti-climax." Although he could not vote, Blakely said he approved of Carter's campaign pledges regarding draft evaders. "I was for Jimmy Carter silently only because of what he said," Blakely said. "I don't want this to bring up any old wounds, it's so far in my past." Blakely said he fought induction for six years on grounds he was entitled to a deferment. "I really didn't go out to resist the

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