The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 25, 1981 · Page 2
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 2

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, November 25, 1981
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P»ge 2 The Salina Joornal - Wednesday, November 25,1981 People HOMEWARD BOUND Chuck Hayes, the last survivor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel akywalk collapse to leave the hospital, gets a rousing send- UPI Photo off Tuesday. Hayes spent a total of 131 days in St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City. A total of 113 people perished in the July disaster. Last Hyatt victim goes home KANSAS CITY, Mo. fUPI) - The last thing Chuck Hayes heard as two concrete skywalks at the Hyatt Regency Hotel came crumbling down on top of him was the melody from Duke Ellington's big-band tune, "Satin Doll." But as he left St. Mary's Hospital Tuesday — the last of 186 hospitalized Hyatt disaster victims to go home since the tragedy occurred July 17 — Hayes was ushered out to the strains of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" sung slightly off-key by 200 doctors, nurses and friends at a surprise going-home party. Hayes, 32, a radio news reporter from Kansas City, Kan., walked into the elegant Hyatt Regency 131 days ago with his wife, Jayne, to celebrate the beginning of the weekend by dancing at the hotel's popular Tea Dance. He left the wrecked hotel lobby later that night on a stretcher, his legs and spine nearly crushed. Hayes was one of 500 people standing beneath two concrete sky bridges that collapsed July 17. The worst disaster in the city's history lulled 113 people. Tuesday was Hayes' final day at St. Mary's Hospital as an in-patient. After four months of grueling therapy and painful operations, he left the hospital in a wheelchair alongside his wife, who also is confined to a wheelchair from injuries received in the accident. "I'd like to tell you all we love you very much," Hayes said, his voice choked with tears. "We're living testimony to the good care you've given us." In the past four months, he has been one of the most vocal and bitter critics of the disaster that nearly cost them their lives, calling it "nothing short of murder." He still harbors that resentment. "The night I was wheeled in here, I wasn't sure I'd ever make it out," he said. "I'm mad as hell about it. It shouldn't have ever happened. It was a sensless tragedy. Eleanor had crush on doctor UPI Kholo Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with Dr. David Gurewitsch in a 1958 photo. NEW YORK (UPI) - Eleanor Roosevelt had a platonic love for her personal physician, a man 18 years her Junior, and they were constant companions during the last 15 years of her life, the man's wife says. Edna P. Gurewitsch said that the relationship between her husband, the late Dr. David Gurewitsch, and Mrs. Roosevelt changed from professional to a "unique friendship" in 1947 when the two were delayed for days by bad weather in Newfoundland and Shannon, Ireland, while on a flight to Geneva, Switzerland. "This gave them secluded time in which to learn about each other and was the start of exchanges of confidence, advice and mutual trust upon which each grew to depend," Mrs. Gurewitsch said in the December issue of American Heritage released Tuesday. Quote of the day Singer-actor Jim Stafford hasn't come to terms with the unisex look, as he complained to variety show host Mike Douglas: "I've noticed fellows, myself included, who've had to hold a purse for a girl. If you're going with someone, sooner or later you're going to have to end up hold- ing that alien object for her. It's as though it emits radiation. You don't even know that side of your body where you're holding it. And heaven forbid you should lose the girl and have to walk around looking for her while holding her purse." WILD HIDE - President Reagan smiles a$ First Lady Nancy Reagan clutches her hat during a ride on their ranch Tuesday, The Reagans were conducting a tour for ABC-TV's UPI Photo Barbara Walters as part of an upcoming news special entitled, "Ronald Reagan: At Home on the Ranch," which will air Thursday. I Briefly... Car industry takes another sales blow DETROIT <UPI) - Mid-November auto sales figures were down a hefty 33.8 percent below last year's depressed levels with Chrysler Corp. posting its worst 10-day period in some time. Figures released Tuesday showed U.S. automakers sold 149,146 cars from Nov. 11 to 20. During the same period last year, 214,432 cars were sold. Sales were up, however, from the 141,943 cars sold during the first 10 days of November. For the year, 5,708,073 domestic autos have been sold, compared with 5,956,735 sold to date in 1980. Chrysler Corp. posted what a spokesman called "our first down 10 days in quite awhile." Chrysler sold 17,089 cars in the second part of November compared with 22,622 in the same period last year, a drop of 24 percent. i* -tr -tr Zoo seals will be freed to avoid visitors' pennies PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) - The last seals at the Washington Park Zoo were ordered back to the sea because they suffer from "hardware disease" caused by visitors who feed them pennies, paper clips and other metal objects. Zoo officials said the four remaining seals — Bub, Cinco, Yaquina and Yellow Tag — will be let out in the Pacific Ocean. A seal that died last year was found to have consumed "all kinds" of metal bits, officials said. "Hardware disease" is a real illness that results when the metal traces block the animal's digestion. "We agonized a long time" before making the decision, an official said. "There was no way to keep visitors from throwing tlangs into their pool." Woman ordered to return part of damage award ST. LOUIS (UPI) - A deaf woman blinded in one eye during a practice of her college softball team must return $200,000 of a damage award because an appeals court ruled the case was not substantiated. A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned an $800,000 award given Patricia Stineman and ordered her to return a fourth of the Judgment. The appeals court said the U.S. District Court award to Ms. Stineman was excessive and not supported by the evidence. The case was remanded to the district court, and a new trial will be ordered if the money is not returned in 60 days. £ -tr -tr Holiday traffic mishaps could claim over 500 CHICAGO (UPI) - Traffic accidents on the nation's roadways could kill between 480 and 580 people over the four- day Thanksgiving holiday that begins Wednesday night, the National Safety Council predicts. U.S. (Continued from Page 1) technology on which Libya is dependent. There already is a ban on the sale of any "dual use" American-made material, such as trucks which have both civilian and military uses, and Libyan diplomats have been expelled from the United States. The official said the U.S. government believes reports that Khadafy has sent "nit teams" to attack American officials, including several ambassadors and Secretary of State Alexander Haig. But in response to reports the United States has considered retaliating with a plot against Khadafy, the official said, "The problem there is how far any American president can go without breaking the law." Under U.S. law, covert actions must be reported to congressional committees. The presumption is that no president would approve an assassination order if he knew it would quickly become public through news leaks. Included in U.S. considerations is the fact that Khadafy could nationalize American holdings in Libya in response to any embargo, thus opening the U.S. government to civil suits from the oil companies involved. The response would be to freeze Libyan assets under U.S. control, as was done following the taking of Amerian hostages in Iran. But the official aaid this would create alarm among other Arab oil-producers, who contend there should be no link between politics and oil. : vsBm2sas SMW SCEA7E — Motorists traveling in Watauga County, N.C., had a tough time sloshing through five to seven inches of wet snow Tuesday. The UPI Photo heavy snowfall blanketed the mountainous area of western North Carolina. Thanksgiving motorists warned of ice, snow over much of U.S. By United Press International Thanksgiving holiday drivers were warned Wednesday to beware of snow and ice gripping both coasts. The wintry weather has been blamed for at least eight deaths. Travelers advisories were issued in several states, though snowfall in the East tapered off. Western states continued to receive several inches of snow. More than 20 inches of snow fell on Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and more was on its way Wednesday morning, said park spokeswoman Joan Anselmo, who was expecting an isolated Thanksgiving. "Since at Thanksgiving there are not a lot of visitors in the park, it is a quiet, cozy kind of time," Ms. Anselmo said. Seven inches of snow was reported near Redmond, Ore. Black ice — invisible ice on blacktop highways — was blamed for two fatal accidents in Oregon and in Idaho. Authorities in Idaho were frustrated by motorists' attitudes about the snow. "We're having some trucks and can slide off, mostly because they're not properly equipped with snow tires and chains," a state police spokesman said. He said motorists were "a little hard to educate" about winter driving equipment. "They think, 'Well, we can make it,' but they're causing problems for everyone else," he said. A Pacific storm in Nevada dropped fresh snow in the Sierra Valley and rain in the lower valleys. The winds that whipped the area Tuesday were blamed for the death of a welder who was blown from the top of a five-story building under construction. A winter storm, packing up to four inches of new snow, was headed for Minnesota. The Twin Cities and southeast Minnesota were paralyzed last week by the worst storm to hit the area in 40 years. Heavy snow also was predicted for the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin, where two people died, including a Chicago & North Western conductor who slipped while trying to board the caboose of a slow-moving freight train and was dragged 60 feet to his death. Warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine Wednesday melted most of the 10 inches of snow that fell in areas of southwest Virginia the day before. Snow that covered West Virginia was believed responsible for a helicopter crash into Big Mountain Tuesday, killing two people and injuring a third. Heavy thunderstorms that rumbled across South Carolina early in the week were blamed for several fires and at least one traffic death. The two inches of snow dumped on some western parts of Maryland Tuesday contributed to at least 70 accidents. HOLIDAY HORROR Disabling shot to teen's head shatters family's spirit LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Fourteen-year-old Naomi Monti jo was on her way to Thanksgiving dinner at her grandmother's house, laughing and talking with her brothers in the family car, when her world went dark. "I was driving along the Harbor Freeway, about Imperial Boulevard, when suddenly a bullet hit Naomi in the head," her father, Angel Montijo, remembers. "We didn't know at first what had happened. The windshield shattered. She slumped down. The bullet hit her on the right side of her head." That was seven years ago. The bullet is still there. Naomi, now 21, lies in a convalescent hospital, conscious but brain damaged. She is blind and mostly paralyzed. "She can move her right hand, but she can't move at all on her left side," Montijo says. "She can talk, enough to answer some questions. But she can't carry on a conversation, and she doesn't ask questions herself." There is no hope for improvement in her condition, doctors say. Removal of the bullet would probably kill her. She likes to listen to the radio, her nurses say, and she tries to sing some of the tunes she hears, or mumble about having a boyfriend, but "she cannot put together a sentence that has meaning," said one of her doctors, Steven Russell. "She has no memory left," said Montijo, but "she recognizes me and her mother, and her brothers and sisters. "She can recognize some people she knew before the shooting, if we tell her the names first — then she can remember them for a few minutes." Montijo, who immigrated from Puerto Rico about 12 years ago, assembles desks for a furniture company and baa seven children. The state Medi-Cal program pays the bill, more than $1,000 a month, to keep her at the Heritage Convalescent Hospital in Torrance. It probably will for many years. "Otherwise she is quite healthy," Montijo said. "We are still not resigned to what happened to her. But the doctors have told us there is no cure, ever." The Montijos don't celebrate Thanksgiving the way they did. "Mama doesn't cook the big dinner now, and we don't have all the relatives over," Montijo said. "Thanksgiving Just isn't the same any more." Allen's secretary backs $1,000 story WASHINGTON (UPI) - Richard Allen's secretary said Wednesday the national security adviser made it "absolutely clear" that a $1,000 payment from a Japanese magazine would be turned over to the "proper authorities for proper disposition." Irene Denis backed up Allen's account of his handling of the payment during an interview with ABC News as she was leaving today for work from her home in suburban Chevy Chase. Md. Allen said the money was a courtesy gesture for arranging a Jan. 21 interview with Nancy Reagan. He said he accepted it so as not to offend the Japanese journalists, gave it to his secretary for placement in an office safe and forgot about it. The envelope of cash was discovered in September after Allen had moved to new offices in the White House. A group of 18 Democratic senators, unhappy with the Justice Department's investigation of the Allen affair, ' Tuesday called on Attorney General William French Smith to turn the matter over to an independent special prosecutor. Asked Wednesday how she could have forgotten about the $1,000 in the safe, Ms. Derus said, "You must understand those were very hectic times. We were working very long hours at the time." "Did he always make it clear that he intended to turn the money over"? she was asked. "Yes," she replied. "It was absolutely clear the money should be turned over to the proper authorities for proper disposition." When pressed about the amount of money in the envelope — reportedly a point pursued by investigator! who later confirmed it was $1,000 — she cut off the interview. "I'm sorry," she said, "this is an Investigation. I have nothing more to say." \ The Salina Journal P.O. Bo* 77« Zip Co* C7401 Published live daye • week and SuixUyi uc«pt Mimorial, Independence and Ubor Daye, at 339 S. 4th, Salina, Kaneu, by- Sallaa Journal, Inc. (USPS47M60) FndVandegrUt, PreeldenlandPubliaher Glenn Willltmi, Editor Second-clue poetage paid at Salina, Kanua. rounded Fetnur II, im Department Head* Maaulai Editor: Larry Matbem. Km Utter: Pat Gaaton. taflmrUKtr: Barbara Phlllipa. Pkett Utter: FrltaMtndell. . . 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