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v Friday March 10, 1989 U-Wl 88-79; Indiana takes title 4 , , ' Page 1C Red Wings top Rangers, 3-2 Page 1C ffiffi a Gannett Newsp ri 1 1 aper Copyright 1989 Lansing State Journal, Lansing, Michigan 35 cents Potential heirs flock to claim riches of a 'pauper By KEVIN O'HANLON Lansing State Journal A horde of potential heirs has appeared since the announcement that Howard Drummond died with no known relatives and more than $250,000 stashed in banks across the country. Drummond, 77, was thought to be a pauper. He died Jan. 28, three weeks after he was found unconscious in his $49-a-week room at the YMCA in downtown Lansing. At least 400 people claiming blood ties to Drummond have called the Ingham County Probate Court or Paul Rosenbaum, the state-appointed lawyer handling Drum- Blanchard chastises lawmakers By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN Lansing State Journal Senators who plan to vote for school finance reform at the Capitol but not on the ballot are hypocrites, Gov. James Blanchard said Thursday. "I'm having all these legislators tell me that this thing is going to go down big, but at least they can get it out of here. I say, 'Look, don't ask me to pat you on the back for that kind of posture. I think it's foolish,' " Blanchard told a Capitol news conference. Senators passed four education quality improvement bills Thursday but did not take up school finance reform. Two votes on the measure Wednesday fell short of . the 26 needed to put it on the ballot The Senate is expected to try again next week. If the legislation doesn't get Senate approval by March 17. it will miss the deadline Blanchard to get on the May 18 ballot The measure which would raise the sales tax 2 cents, cut property taxes and pump about $500 million more into education passed the House last week. Blanchard said he's twice asked senators not to vote for the proposal if they plan to lobby against it once it is on the ballot. "That is hypocrisy and certainly not leadership," he said. "It would be wasting $6 million and the taxpayers' time and money." Twelve Republicans voted for the measure Wednesday, but Democrats held out for a 13th Republican vote so the 26 votes could be evenly split between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader : John Engler, R-Mount Pleasant, said Thursday that he didn't expect to add any Republican supporters to the list and could even lose a few as the matter dragged on. Republican senators hold a 20-18 edge over Democrats. Blanchard said such partisan haggling prompted in part by fears that one party will try to pin the other -with a tax and spend label in 1990 elections isn't necessary. "There's no magic to the numbers," he said. "The real issue is, can we make our schools and our public education system the best in the world and what will that take?" Blanchard, whose own school finance reform plan failed to pass the House in December, did not say he'd lobby voters to pass school finance reform if it makes it to the ballot. "Show me quality and I'll show you my vote," he said. The governor has a dozen school quality improvement measures he wants passed. The four passed Thursday by the Senate would: Require school boards to develop a core curriculum of basic courses focusing on history, geography, math and other subjects. B Require school boards to prepare and distribute annual education reports. 0 Require school boards to adopt three-to-five-year school improvement plans for each school in the district. Authorize but not require school competency and employability skills tests for students. Similar bills passed last year by the Senate died in a House committee. mond's estate. Another 150 have written letters. "I have about 100 people asking for checks who say they are second cousins twice-removed," Rosenbaum said. "It's like 'Send me a check, we'll figure out how I'm related later.' " Rosenbaum thought it would take a few hours when he agreed to handle Drum: mond's estate. It's now become a treasure hunt Rosenbaum found Drummond had more than $250,000 stashed in nine banks from Denver to Boston. And he's convinced there's more out there. Lots more. While going through Drummond's YMCA room, Rosenbaum found a key to a safe-deposit box. It does not fit any safe-deposit boxes in Lansing. ' "I have reason to believe there are a lot . . . extensive, stocks and bonds," Rosenbaum said Thursday during a.hearing in Ingham County Probate Court. Judge George Economy authorized Rosenbaum to spend $5,000 to hire a private investigator to scour the country to find the safe-deposit box. If no relatives are found, Drummond's estate will go to the state of Michigan. Such cases are more common than many think, Economy said. "It's surprising how often this happens," he said! Economy recently handled the case of an 82-year-old Lansing woman who died with an estate worth nearly $1 million. "About $800,000 of that was in cash," Economy said. She had no will. No known relatives. But Drummond's case is different because of his mysterious past and the way he lived. Drummond came to Lansing in 1985 and rented a room at the YMCA. He had the same routine every weekday. He'd go to the Pico De Plata Restaurant downtown before 7 a.m. He'd plop down a crisp $10 bill and buy three $1.99 breakfast specials. One to eat there. Two for later. About 8 a.m., he'd walk to the Federal Building on West Allegan Street to check his mail at the post office. Postal workers suspected Drummond had money. There always was mail from banks. He'd then go to Joy's Snack Bar across the hall from the post office and buy two or three 80-cent cheese bagels, a 65-cent can of Orange Crush and a copy of The New York Times and The Detroit News, owner Joy Osmar said. He always read the stock market listings. ' See HEIRS. Page 2A Youthful pride iii i i i i i ' ' " ' - a Lansing State JournalCHRIS HOLMES Carla Appleton, 4, watches American Indian dancers and singers perform Thursday during Museum Day at the Michigan Library and Historical Center. For today's events at the center, see Page 3B. FiminiDiss ill-.: astern By MARCY GORDON Associated Press NEW YORK Eastern Airlines filed for protection from creditors in bankruptcy court Thursday, the sixth day of a MACHINISTS ON STRIKE Machinists strike,- blaming pilots for a cash crisis that para- " lyzed the nation's seventh-largest airline, t - The move came a day after Eastern insisted such a step remained a last resort in the airline's effort to endure the strike, which had support from pilots and flight attendants and was costing Eastern about $4 million a day. Eastern, filing under Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court here, listed more than $4.5 billion in net assets, $3.39 billion in liabilities and 15,696 creditors. The filing is designed to give Eastern a reprieve from debts while it tries to restructure. Eastern boss Frank Lorenzo blamed "the damage that has been caused "by the pilots union." He and Eastern President Phil Bakes insisted they intend to restore the airline in bankruptcy court, though in a smaller form. "We tried mightily to keep Eastern from bankruptcy," Bakes said. "We intend to operate our airline: make no mistake about that" Union leaders denounced Lorenzo as a robber baron. Machinists called for a public boycott of Eastern's sister airline, Continental, set up pickets against Continental in Houston and said they would oppose Eastern's reorganization plan Future still cloudy. 10A and any sale of assets. Continental Airline flies out of Lansing's Capital City Airport Lorenzo and Bakes pledged that all creditors would be paid; shareholders would receive fair value; passengers would be protected, and as many employees as possible would return to work. Eastern had 31,200 employees before the strike. John Peterpaul, a Machinists vice president, said Eastern filed for bankruptcy on payday "in a spiteful attempt to deny Eastern workers their last paycheck earned before the strike." Paychecks were frozen by the move. Eastern encouraged its ticket-holders to redeem their tickets with other carriers, and failing that to mail them in for refunds. Continental said it would accept Eastern tickets at full value. As of Thursday, other carriers such as Braniff and TWA refused to honor Eastern tickets, while some carriers accepted them, subject to such restrictions as stand-by seats only for full-price tickets. "Make no mistake about it. Continental is on strike now," Eastern Machinists leader Charles Bryan, said as members cheered. "There's never been a more classic example of a robber baron Anytime anyone buys a ticket on Continental, they're making a contribution to treachery ... to atrocity .. . to evil." Eastern, running just 4 percent of its flights with a crew of 1,500, is losing $4 million a day, Bakes said. Bush loses Tower battle, 53-47 Associated Press WASHINGTON The Senate on Thursday rejected the nomination of John Tower as defense secretary, 53-47, handing President Bush a defeat in his first high-stakes showdown with the Democratic-controlled Congress. Bush said he would act fast to find a replacement candidate, but had notime-table. White House officials began reviewing possible nominees. "The Senate has made its determination," Bush said. "I respect its role in do- Bush to consider long list. 3A ing so but disagree with the outcome." Tower's nomination was scuttled by concerns about his drinking habits, coupled with senatorial unhappiness that he left his government post as arms negotiator and quickly began earning .hundreds of thousands of dollars as a defense industry consultant. At the Pentagon, Tower watched the vote on television. . "I will be recorded as the first Cabinet nominee in the history of the republic to be rejected in the first 90 days of a presidency and perhaps be harshly judged." Tower said no other public figure "has been subjected to such a far-reaching and thorough investigation nor had his human foibles bared to such intensive and demeaning public scrutiny." He said he would return to private life in Texas. The rejection marked the ninth time in history the Senate has turned down a president's Cabinet nominee, and the first such decision since 1959. The crossovers Four senators didn't follow party lines on the Tower nomination vote: Democrats who voted for Tower: Howell Hefc lin of Alabama; Lloyd Bentsen of Texas; and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. Republican who voted against Tower: Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas., INSIDE B Ann ' Landers 2D B BusinessStocks 4B-6B Classified 7D-13D B CrosswordComics...;. 14D B Deaths :.-2B B LocalState .-1B-3B B Lottery 2B B Opinion 14AJ5A B Sports 11C-8C B Television ..: 6D B Today 1D-5D OUTSIDE 'Partly cloudy today with a high in the mid- to upper 40s. Details, Page 2A. Mason man relaxes, bowls 2 perfect games By GORDON TROWBRIDGE Lansing State Journal For a man who had just accomplished one of bowling's rarest feats, Cary Ry-dahl didn't seem too enthusiastic. "It's real exciting," said PuH-ahl in unHorcf otorl t tones. After bowling consecutive 300 games, most people would be more than excited. Rydahl But that's how Rydahl, 22, of Mason described rolling two perfect games Thursday at Lansing's Metro Bowl. Hi 11 NEWSMAKER Rydahl, who had never rolled a perfect game before Thursday, became the second area bowler to record consecutive 300 games. Lansing's Mark Doten was the first to accomplish the feat rolling back-to-back 300s on April 23, 1986. ; Rydahl, who bowls three night a week, competed Thursday in the Metro Bowl League. His night got off to a less-than-exciting start, but quickly got better. "I started the series with a 226," said Rydahl. "But after the first game, I moved one board to the left I just stayed relaxed throughout, and I was fortunate enough to hit everything. "After I threw the last ball of the first 300 game, the pressure was gone. I'd never had a 300 game before, and after I got that out of the way, I didn't feel any pressure until the 10th frame of the last game.' "Moving over that one board helped a lot. Other than that I just tried to keep my head on straight" Rydahl narrowly missed his first 300 game at the state tournament last weekend in Battle Creek, bowling a 299 in a tournament game. "That was the closest I had been," he said. "I left a solid nine pin in that game. I just got a bad break and missed it "I had that in mind tonight" MM COMING UP Spring break: When minds turn to Florida. We'll help make your trip down f-75 memorable with offbeat insight Sunday in Today

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