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. . . i FOR SUPPORTING ROLES Gig Oscar won for best performance John Wayne, Maggie Smith Winners of Top Oscar Awards Continued from First Page prelude somewhat marred by noisy picketing. Mexican-Americans marched on the west side of The Music Center, and Negro musicians marched on the east side both groups demanding more participation in the film industry. The pickets, however, missed the entrance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who were swept swiftly into the building through the stage door along with her SI .03 million diamond. A feature of this year's show was a series of filmed interviews with directors who commented individually on the implications of the new freedom in motion .pictures. "Hello, Dolly!" swept awards for best- achievement in art direction and best achievement in set decoration. The awards went jointly to art directors John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith and Herman Blumenthal and' to. set decorators Walter M. Scott. George. Hopkins and Raphael Bret-ton. Margaret Furse won the best achievement in costume design category for her dressing of the players in "Anne of the Thousand Days." Cary Grant Wins Special Award A special award, "for sheer brilliance in the acting business" was presented by Frank Sinatra to Cary Grant, who accepted the statuette, alternating between tears and laughter, following the showing of a montage of clips from his past films. He also paid tribute to a number of directors who worked on his pictures. The award for best original song went to Burt Bacharach and Hal David for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Waldo Salt won the award for best screenplay based on material from another medium for his scripting of "Midnight Cowboy," and the statuette for best story and screenplay based on material not previously-published or produced was won by William Goldman for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The award for best score of a musical picture (original or adaptation) was turned into a musical production in its own right, with Shahi Wallis announcing the nominations worked into lyrics -by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and set to music by Elmer Bernstein. The names of the winners, Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman, for their adaptation of the "Hello, Dolly!" score were simply read, AT OSCAR CEREMONIES Bleacher Fans BY KEVIN THOMAS Tlmn Staff Wrlltr The clouds that hovered all day over The Music Center cleared in time for the 42nd annual Academy Award presentations and the bleachers outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion were filled by 4 p.m. The earliest celebrity to arrive was warmly received Mickey Rooney, and the wildest ovation was accorded to John Wayne, a fitting foreshadowing of the much-predicted Oscar for best actor presented to him a few hours later. Drawing . polite gasps but warm greetings was Christine Jorgensen. In the next two hours preceding the main event inside, patient fans wr treated lo a far frnm star- Young holds on by an actor in a WINNER Goldie Hawn, the best actress in support role. She was not at the ceremony. however, rather than sung. Newman accepted the award for himself and liis partner. Composer Burt Bacharach, a perennial nominee, won another Oscar for the best original score for a motion picture (not a musical) for his scoring of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The award for best achievement in documentary films went to Bernard Chevry's production of "Arthur Rubinstein The Love Of Life." A dance number by Fred Astaire separated that award from its twin, the Oscar for best short subject documentary, won by producers Denis Sanders and Robert M. Fresco for their film, "Czechoslovakia 1968." Jack Solomon and Murray Spiyack together accepted their award for Best Achievement in Sound on the musical "Hello, Dolly!" Film editor Francoise Bonnot won the Best Achievement in Film Editing for her work on "Z." an Algerian film dealing with the military takeover in Greece. The -award for Best Achievement in Cinematography a single award this year instead of separate categories for black-and-white and color films was presented by John Wayne to Conrad Hall for his work on "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Cheer Wayne studded parade of formally dressed Academy guests. In this, the second year of the Oscar ceremonies at The Music Center, chaos again prevailed. Arriving celebrities, spotted instantly by fans, were quickly engulfed by photographers, creating a traffic jam at the auditorium entrance. Earliest arriving Oscar nominee was Gig Young, who looked calm but admitted to the- traditional jitters. Other early arrivals were cowboy-hatted Deanis Hopper, co-star and director of "Easy Rider," and Sylvia Miles, best supporting actress nominee from "Midnight Cowboy." Plea Turn to Pige ZX, Col. I supporting role. With him is Raquel Welch, accepting for Goldie Hawn, best supporting actress. Times photo 42ND ANNUAL EVENT Six Top Choices for Oscar Awards Best picture of the year "Midnight Cowboy," a Jerome Hellman-John Schlesinger Production, United Artists. Jerome Hellman, producer. Best performance by an actor John Wayne in "True Grit," a Hal Wallis Production, Paramount. Best performance by an actress Maggie Smith in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," 20th Century Fox Productions, Ltd., 20th Century Fox. Best achievement in directing "Midnight Cowboy," a Jerome Hell-man-John Schlesinger Production, United Artists. John Schlesinger. Best performance by an actor in a supporting role Gig Young in "They Shoot Horses. Don't They?" A Chartoff-Winkler -Pollack Production. ABC Pictures Presentation, Cinerama. Best performance by an actress in a supporting role Goldie Hawn in "Cactus Flower," Frankovich Productions, Columbia. Additional Academy Awards winners on Page 34, Part 1. Tshombe Plot Linked to Missing LA. Woman Continued from First Page Europe, North Africa and, finally, the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Only recently, district attorney's agents said, were they able to connect Mrs. Wilson's November, 1968, disappearance in Switzerland to the Tshombe escapade. The connection was made, they added, largely through information obtained by The Times from a Chicago attorney. Like any good mystery, this one has a disparate cast of characters, principal of whom are: Mrs. Wilson, still statuesque and blonde at 57, when last seen alive. The widow of prosperous engineer Roy Carty. she married William J. Wilson, 691 Levering Ave., a man 15 years her junior in 1964. Devins, slightly built Arkansas-born real estate broker who rose in less than 10 years from a Sunset Strip parking lot attendant to free-swinging entrepreneur and international adventurer. Candidacy Announced On March 26, Devins announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for the State Senate in the 26th District, and coupled the announcement with ah attack on the district attorney's office. Robert Forget (pronounced Four-jay), 30, a Canadian carpenter who first met Devins when the glib Encino real estate man was parking cars in 1960 at Frascati's GrilL Bernard Odum, 34, a man with a variety of aliases and occupations, ranging from actor to bartender, also a longtime friend of Devins. William R. Burnett, tenacious young district attorney's investigator whose chief preoccupation for the last year-and-a-half has been the Wilson affair. And Luis Kutner. suave Chicago-based international lawyer who represented. Mrs. Tshombe in her appeal to the United Nations. Again like any good mystery, this one opens in an atmosphere of intrigue with Kutner crossing the lobby, of New York's Waldorf-Astoria on a late July day in 1S67. The lawyer told The times he remembers being suddenly "buttonholed" by two young men, one nf Militants, Then Tempers Words Governor Warns Against ttJZSSEi BY ED MEAGHER Tlmn Staff wrltar YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Gov. Reagan, warning against "appeasement" of campus militants, told an audience of growers here Tuesday: "If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now." The governor talked to the Council of California Growers' 10th annual meeting on farm matters. He discussed campus problems in answering a delegate's question. "Appeasement is not the answer." said the governor. Militants aren't looking for solutions to problems, he said, "but simply want to create disruption." The governor has been frequently harassed by militant groups during his reelection campaign. His comments came when he was asked what individuals could do to support his stand in opposition to campus disruptions. But later in "Bakersfield Reagan toned down his remarks and told newsmen he used the term "bloodbath" as "a figure of speech," United Press International reported. "There comes a moment when we must 'bite the bullet' so to speak or take action when it is necessary to do so," the governor said. "I certainly don't think there should be a bloodbath on campus or anywhere else." 'Bite the Bullet' Alumni of embroiled campuses should urge administrators to "bite the bullet now." Reagan said. Minority faculty groups, he said, "are part and parcel of the revolution." But, he said, the growers could "take courage when they see campus demonstrations and riots" because, he said: "Remember the size of the enrollment and know that those that are seen are the only ones they could muster.' The majority needs our support. "There are growing signs that the good kids have had it, up to here. They are losing patience. Any way you can shorten their patience, do it. Start acting like parents again." In his speech to the growers' meeting at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel, the governor asked his audience to "help us and help yourselves by self-policing and enforcing our farm sanitation laws." He said charges have been made that there are not enough toilets and washup facilities for farm workers in the field. He said critics say such conditions result in the contamination of produce. The state is still Please Turn to Page 13, Col. 1 whom monopolized the conversation and offered a proposition: For $1 million, Tshombe would be liberated, put on a plane and deposited in Geneva. To Kutner, knowing that Tshombe supporters had $10 million on deposit to pay for his deliverance, the bold proposition came as no surprise. He had been approached with such proposals before some earnest, most crackpot and would continue to be in the months before Tshombe's death last June 29 in Algiers. The lawyer's impulse, he said, was to relegate the two young men's offer to his "crank" file, especially since they said they would require $40,000 "front money" to bribe Tshombe's guards and arrange for a plane. Kutner replied that he was empowered to negotiate only a cash-on-delivery deal. The pair departed, he added, after FIGURES IN MYSTIRY Mrs. Wilson, who vonished in Europe; Computer hrm Closing Hits Park Reservations Thousands Finding State System Unable t0 Hanlle Re",esfs' Ai-itor Says BY ROBERT FAIRBANKS Tlmn Staff wrtttr SACRAMENTO A state official said Tuesday that the recent shutdown of a Los Angeles computer firm was a "disaster for recreation-minded Californians." The firm, Computicket, inc., had been handling reservations for camp sites and other facilities at California state parks. It was put out of business last Friday by its parent company. Computer Sciences. Inc., apparently because it was losing money. The result is that thousands of would-be campers are finding the state's reservation system in a hopeless snarl. Ronald E. Miller, chief administrative officer for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the computerized reservation service had been working well for the state. He promised that the state would take necessary legal steps to recover its losses in park revenue from the unexpected shutdown. Computicket. Inc., was selling tickets for theatrical and sporting events through a system of computer terminals when it entered a three-year contract with the state last September to handle the park reservations. Under the system, camp site space could be reserved through computer outlets, manv of which were estab- Patrol to Study Siayings of Four BY JOHN KENDALL Timet Staff wrlttr How four young highway patrolmen were shot to death Sunday-night on the Golden State Freeway will be investigated in detail and used in future training of officers, it was reported Tuesday. Investigators from both the sheriff's office and the California Highway Patrol have studied the circumstances of the deaths of Roger D. Gore. Walter C. Frago, George M. Alleyn and James E. Pence Jr. But. so far, neither department has issued reports of the deaths. Eventually, according to William Bloomer, commander of the CHP academy in Sacramento, the tragic shooting will be reenacted during the 16-week cadet training classes. He said details of the shootout could help save the life of an officer in the future. Please Turn to Page 1!), Col. 1 informing Kutner that they would address themselves to him in the future through a code name. "You will know me only as 'The Fox,' " said one of the young men. Kutner began compiling a log on his contacts with "The Fox." That record now reveals, along other things, he said, that: On July 28, 1967, Kutner, while still in New York, got a phone call from a man identifying himself as "The Fox." Again the Tshombe proposition was explored. Kutner remained skeptical. On Aug. 2, upon his return to Chicago, Kutner received a telephone message from a man who said he was "calling for 'The Fox.' " The caller observed that Kutner's appeal to the UN has been "ineffective," but suggested that "American mercenaries" would be able "to kidnap Tshombe for a price." Correspondence, signed "The Fox." followed, all of it from the Los Normo Corty Thomas Devins, lished in neighborhood supermarkets. If a particular park were filled, -the person could immediately select, another time or another park. Previously, persons wishing a reservation within the generally overcrowded state park system had to write directly to the park and wait for a mailed reply to learn whether they could have the spacr; at the time they wished. Reservations Increased Miller said the computer servic went into effect last January and during its first two months of operation made 30,000 reservations for the 6,600 camp sites within the state's 87 camp grounds. During the same period in 1969. bp said, the mailing service handled only 19.000 reservations for the same facilities. Miller said the computer alsn handled tours of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, boosting reservations there from 3,600 during January and February, 1969, to more than 10.000 during the same months this year. Miller said reservations made by the computer firm before the shutdown will be honored. And, he said, the state is seeking contractors whn might wish to bid to provide similar services. However, he said, he doubted that any service could be put together quickly or would be as good. Meanwhile, the state will accept reservations at the department headquarters here, P.O. Box 2390, Sacramento 95811. Miller warned that inconveniences are likely because of the unexpected shutdown. List Not Received For instance, he said, the firm closed so quickly that the department has not yet received the list of reservations made during recent weeks. . . Thus, when the department begins reserving space through the mails it. may "oversell" some areas that havt already been filled by the computer service. Miller said the department was holding 831,000 that the company earned as fees during January, February and March on a reservation volume of about 3500,000. He said this fund probably would be withheld. He said the state might, collect additional funds from th? company under contract provisions requiring the firm to bear any cost s of its failure to carry out 'its specified duties. Also, he noted, the company -had posted a $150,000 performance" bond that might be subject to state acttbn. Angeles area. The price escalated 1o $2 million. The correspondence carried either a letterhead or contained a business card. One or the other bore either the name of Thomas Devins or that of his firm,' "Devins and Associates, real estate investments, 1017 N. La Cienega Blvd." At the time, Devins was managing an office building at the La Cienega adress for Mrs. Wilson. Employed to maintain it was his old friend Robert Forget.) On Aug. 15. Kutner received a long distance call that would hold an increasing fascination . for district attorney's agents as their investigation progressed. The call originated on Majorca the island for which the exiled Tshombe was bound where he had a hideaway when his plane was hijacked and diverted to Algeria six weeks earlier. Please Turn to Page 30. Col. 1 center, who was orresisd, Robert Forget, who linked cos with artempr to free Moise Tshombe.

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