AT 'CONTKOL' IN TAIL Early A irline Copilot Had Weighty Role By LEE CRAIG *riÂ«IHÂ»Ulllirr EÂ«Ur Regular passengers aboard a certain Ford Trimotor air liner 30 years ago now may be told why the copilot always me." King says. "That way, my weight would force the tail down." Â· KING AND the plane were in the service of American headed for the tail when the Airways, the forerunner of plane came In for a landing. what is now American Air- could land the gol-dant thing.' explains the copilot of those days, Harrison H. King, of 1058 E. Broadway. "I'd scoot fur the tail and lie down on the catwalk, as far back as I cnuld pet, where "It was the only way we lines, and their usual route was between Memphis, Term., and Fort Worth, Tex. Occasionally, however, they were sent on from Fort Worth to Cleveland, Ohio. On one of the latter flights, bad weather kept them in the passengers couldn't see Cleveland for a full 30 days. With the primitive navfga- tional instruments of those days, such delays, though not often of this length, were common. One mail pilot who tried to make his flight despite the weather returned ignominl ously to the field, on a truck with what was left of his airplane after he crashed In a vineyard. MOST OF THE others were almost ready to take their chances, however, out of sheer boredom, plus loss of 'sleep. Their living quarters were in a hangar, on the second floor above a warm-up area for testing engines. King, as most youth of his era, succumbed to the flying virus when a plane landed in the small town where he lived in Indiana. With the help of his grandmother, he badgered his mother--his father had died-into letting him become a pilot. So, after a year's course at n Cincinnati flying school, he was graduated as a rated transport pilot at the age of 20, with the grand total of 200 flying hours. Naturally, he turned to barnstorming, \vith a friend who owned an OX-5-powercd Waco biplane. * . . . THEY SET UP shop in a small field near several Ohio towns. The field had power lines along one side, and the prevailing wind was such that take-offs usually had to be made over the wires. Barnstorming, by 1930, had lost most of its glamor, even for countryfolk, and nobody was injured in the rush to buy rides. Bad as things were, though, Uicre was one steady customer King hated to see coming. "He weighed about 300 pounds," King recalls, "and he filled the front cockpit HARRISON IF. KIN'fi... Fun White It Lasted prctty.good. He always came n the heat of the day, when ft is no good. "We'd get off the ground irtally, and I'd look at the niwer lines and pray and we'd vobblc over 'cm somehow." ater. It gets to be work." he says. "I guess that's It The un's gone. "But while it lasted ..." Independent Tht SoulManrÂ« JK finÂ«Â« Mam'titf Krwtpaptr ** .THURSDAY. A P R I L S . 1762 -- Page B-l ujith Malcolm plei| Â·jUAYBE they should be - 1 L called Ncwcomb's raiders. That's suggested by the way a Toledo, Ohio, newspaper treated the visit of one of L. B. School Superintendent Doug Ncwcorfib's emissaries sent over the country recruiting teachers for the local educational system. Harold Judson, one of the recruiters, had a conference at Toledo University with a group of prospects which was covered by a reporter for a Toledo newspaper. The press man closely followed the discussion and questioned Judson about the various factors he thought would induce Ohio educators to come this way -- climate, pay, the standards of education out here and so on. Next edition of the paper carried quite a story under a headline calling Judson's efforts a "raid." COME of the Long Beach people who go north to the Seattle fair this summer may find themselves in a Washington city with a familiar name-- I-ong Beach. That's what happened to Lucille Utter- burg, 5858 Oxholm St., who was' up there with members of her family a while back. Driving south from Seattle in a heavy rain- ttorrr., they stopped about midnight at a coffee shop. "What town arc we in?" Lucille asked the waitress. "Long Beach," she an- Kwered. The Uttcrburgs, who had never heard of Long Beach, Wish., got quite a start out of that, but concluded they couldn't be hnrne yet. They spent the night in the town, finding it a lovely place located on a slim peninsula and with, of course, a THE VENTURE ended one day when the OX-5 suddenly quit on King 500 feet up, caving him a choice be- ween landing in the lake or Â·Â» field of fivc-foot-high corn He chose the latter. The Waco tore through a barbed vir'e fence and took out about iO yards of com before stopping. Only damage to the ilane, however, was a broken iropcllcr and scratches on :he wing fabric. Discouraged, the pair went ack to Cincinnati, where ^'"C r n *"Â« Â·"'Â·HTI* copilot's On a second visit to Washington, the Utterburgs decided to return to Long Beach. They lost their way, however, and stopped at a service station, asking the attendant the direction to Long Beach. He scratched his head and looked at them curiously. "The only Long Beach 1 know is in California," he said. Long Beach in Washington hardly matches, in size, our own 360.000. This is shown in the accompanying picture showing Keith Bohl, 45GO Banner Dr., by a city limits sign showing the Washington town with a population of 785. It was taken in I960. The Bohls get a lot of fun out of showing the snapshot to friends here. TN SOME editions of yesterday's paper a couple of words were left out of this column, causing some excitement Referring to a trip taken by some local people into the Elsinorc area, I said that the lake was filled almost to overflowing. Reference was to Lake Matthews, not to Lake Elsinorc, which was once a fine body of water but is now a mudhole. There is a lot of talk about refill ing Elsinorc and the item suggested that maybe this had been accomplished. It hasn't been. Rraltor Stormy Keats, who handles some real estate business over there, called to thank me for helping boost her wlrt. ob. Â· Â· Â« . HE LEFT flying seven rears later and wound up in ~ong Beach, where he went o work for Douglas and, in 1917, for North American Aviation. He's now doing as scmbly-line work at NAA's Anaheim Autonctics plant. King hasn't flown a plane for nearly 20 years. He can't explain why the urge sudden ly left him. "Maybe because, sooner or 32 LBSC Staffers Get 10-Ycar Pins T h i r t y - two faculty am staff members who came to Long Beach State during the college's third year of opera tion have been awarded 10 year pins. The pins from Chapter 110 of the California State Em [iloyes Association were pre scntcd by Raymond Lindgrcn dean of the college, and Bcr nard Carman, business man agcr. INCOME TAX llcudacliK Aid by Telephone If you have no questions about your federal income tax, don't bother reading this. If you do need some answers, the local Internal Revenue office will be glad to help, according to John R. McArdle, head of the Long Beach branch, 35.10 Atlantic Ave. Phone GA Â·1-16.17. REMOVED Red Banner on Building Jolts Judge A red flag flew atop the Long Beach courthouse briefly Wednesday, but it wasn't of the hammer and sickle variety. Attorney Edison J. Demler noticed it on his way to court, and commented to Superior Court Joe Raycraft. Judge Raycraft phoned building maintenance men, and learned the banner was being used by surveyors. The surveyors had written authority to use the building's roof, but not to fly a flag. Judge Raycraft ordered it removed immediately, and the Stars and Stripes was left without even apparent competition. Today in L.B. MUSICAL--"Call Me Madam." 8:30 p.m.. Concert Hall, Municipal Auditorium. O p e n i n g night for Long Beach Civic Light Opera Association production. FILM--"Life in Sweden," 8 p.m.. Poly High School nuditrium, 1600 Atlantic Ave.. sponsored by General Adult Division of Long Beach City i College. LECTURE -- "Cuzco and the Lost City of the Incas," (illustrated) Dr. Giles T. Brown, 7:30 p.m., Rogers Junior High School auditorium, 3G5 I Monrovia Ave. ON STAGE--"A Man Called Peter," 7:45 p.m.,_ Community Playhouse, 5012 E. Anaheim St. "The A n d c r s o n v i l l e j Trial," 8 p.m.. Magnolia Theatre. 2100 Magnolia Avc. -Stiff ELKHOUM)S HEADY FOR SHOW CIRCUIT There's nothing like a romp with youngsters dressed in old-country costumes to put a Norwegian elkhound in top shape for a busy season of dog-show competition. Peggy Nims, 12, (from left), Vicki Foltz, 10, and Johnnie Fpltz, 11, put the dogs through their paces. At left is Champion Ayogaard Karen, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L Nims of 1844 Litchfield Avc. At right is Arnc av Linden, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Foltz of 45G7 Linden Ave. The Norwegian elkhound, once little known in this country, has pained rapidly in popularity as an all-around pet. There will be a spring specialty show of the breed at the Pasadena Kennel Club June 3. World's Biggest Dredge Being Built for L.B. Job By LOU JOBST MVUIl Effilir Construction has begun In San Diego on the world's largest and most powerful dredge, a behemoth to be used in the construction of Long Beach's 311-acre Pier J. The dredge will be 174 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 14 feet deep. It will be capable of pumping 150,000 gallons a minute, or 216 million gallons In a 24-hour day. The dredge Is being built at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. yard for Construction A g g r e g a t e s Corp. of Chicago. Company officials said the dredge should be completed by late July and ready to begin operations in Long Beach next autumn on the 19-million-dolla r pier, site of the I960 World's Fair in Long Beach. George Scnsibar. company official, said there never has been a piece of construction m a c h i n c ry "anything like this." To illustrate its capacity and power, Scnsibar said that at the rate of 100 gallons per capita daily, which is a normal residential requirement, the dredge alone 52.7% Pass Exams for L.B. City Jobs Only 52.7 per cent of city job candidates who were accepted for examination last year qualified for placement on eligible lists, the Civil Service Board reported Vedncsday. Chamber Publicist Heads Bond Drivn William C. (Bill) Boyd Chamber of Commerce punli* cist, Wednesday was named Long Beach campaign director for a U.S. Treasury Department bond drive here. The campaign hopes to sell cnouch bonds to buy a $.1, 501,000 Skywarrior p l a n e . The campaign, dubbed the Freedom Bond Drive, will run through May. The number qualifying was ,2S6 out of 2,441 candidates Failing in tests were SCO while 2C8 did not report. In an annual review of Its ictivitics, the board listed 741! appointments to the classifici crvice, along with 109 exam nations find 18 hearings. City employe rolls at the nd of infil showed 4,330 persons, nf whom 3,781 gained their jobs through the ivil service examination sys cm and 555 were in the un lassificd service. Of the later. 3RG were in the Rccrea- ion Department. During the- year 89 cm iloyes retired. 107 resigned. G were dismissed and 17 icd. KITH Eleven-year-old Eddie Dupuc shows his prize-winning kite to Marry Petersen, chairman of Rotary Club kite tournament, after luncheon at Lafayette Hotel Wednesday. Club presented awards to nine kite winners. Eddie, a fifth-trader, won first in novelty of design and sweepstakes division. would be capable of furnishing the water requirements of Philadelphia's two million. Construction Aggregates is the world champion in its field. It has built the longest man-made beach in the world, the six-mile expanse stretching between 1:1 S c g u n d o and Santa Monica. Recently it reclaimed 44,000 acres of swampland in the Lake Huleh region for the Israeli government. Gate ^j Contract Bids Filed Proctor Si Webb, a Long leach firm, offered the np- arcnt top bid Wednesday for five-year concession to sell ood and tobacco products in he Long Beach Arena, Mu ilcipal Auditorium and Vet- Tans Memorial Stadium. The company proposed to pay the city 35.62 per cent if gross revenue from food products and 25.2 per cent rom tobaccos. Closest competing bid was hat of California Sportscrv ce, of Buffalo. N.Y., which offered 31.2 per cent and 11 per cent respectively. TWO OTHER firms, Durr !ros. of Los Angeles am 5.E.B Co. of Lake Arrow head submitted Identical bids 'Uncouth' Committed as Attacker A former member of tin ,'ncouths motorcycle c l u b ras committed to Atascadcrn Kate Hospital for 90-day oh- crvation Wednesday after icing convicted of molesting 17-year-old girl. Gary Robert Tamburo, 20, if 13U3 Raymond Avc., was ironounccd a probable sexual isychopath by Superior Judge il.iurice C. Sparling on the iasis of psychiatric reports. Tamburo was found guilty if assault with intent to rapa he teen-aged student. She cstified he fondled her and ricd to pull her into an alley n the 100-block nf Falcon Avenue Nov. 20. Several other Uncouths last Â·ear were imprisdned for a cries of sex crimes. per cent and 10 pci of 31 cent. A contract award will l made after analysis of the ex pcrience and qualifications o he bidders, Asst City Man ager Loren McCannon said. In other city bidding. Me Bums, Inc., Long Beach, ap parcntly qualified for a con tract to furnish and dclivc nine trucks. Its bid of $23.23( was low among four opened Wednesday. DAY Hospital Fclc Chapter 17 of the Disabled American Veterans will enter tain patients at Veterans Ad ministration Hospital in Lonf Beach nt * "DAV Party" beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. Policeman's Car Struck by Hit-Run An off-duty Long Beach Police Officer Wednesday narrowly escaped the fate that befell two brother officers killed by a hit-run driver on the Long Beach freeway. Officer Lou Lyons, 34, was en route home when his sedan was virtually demolished by another automobile that witnesses said failed In stop for a traffic signal on Long Beach Boulevard at 10th Street. Two weeks ago off-duty patrolmen Van Salisbury, 30, and John M. McLendon, 22. were killed by a hit-run driver who was heading tho wrong way on the freeway near Willow Street. The driver was booked on numerous charges. Police Wednesday continued to search for the hit-run vehicle described as a lit a model Chevrolet sedan, paiat- ed a gold-tinted brown, containing two young tdult*. Police broadcast a felony hit-run description. Lyons was treated at St. Mary's Hospital 'and rcle.iffd.
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