BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 261 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Kasperak Dies; Autopsy May Spur Transplants Rv Wir.r.TAM in UADDTOrtxl »»_j.-. i n , „-,* . . By WILLIAM C. HARRISON AP Science Writer STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Altough Mike Kasperak died on the 15th day after ,his diseased heart was replaced, his doctor feels transplant opera- lions will be continued. "There was no evidence of rejection of the heart," Dr. Norman E. Shumway told newsmen Sunday at Stanford University Medical Center. "If the findings of Hie post mortem bear this out, ten we feel we have every basis on which to plan another clinical attempt." Kasperak, 54, died at 1:43 a.m. Sunday following kidney failure, liver failure and other complications. "We think that we are in the process of making observations of tremendous importance to other possible (heart) recipients and to the medical communisty as well," Dr. Sbumway said. Kasperak's substitute heart, taken from the body of Mrs. Virginia White, 43, after she succumbed to a stroke, apparently functioned well to the time of his death. Dr. Shumway, who headed the transplant team, said that ' what should be emphasized is that during this time he survived a fantastic galaxy of com- plications which we have seen before in other kinds of cardiac patients, but never in such profusion. "We think that because of his normal cardiac action, lie was able to survive first of all renal (kidney) failure, then hepatic or liver failure and then Mowing this three major operations, all of which were done, of course; during the time that his circulation was moved by a transplant- ed heart," Dr. Shumway said. "We feel that any one of these complications I mentioned would have been lethal had it not been for the cardiac transplant." One of Britain's leading heart specialists Dr. Donald Ross, commented in London: "It is not surprising that Mr. Kasperak died. But I am amazed that they have been able to keep him alive so long." Ross, chief surgeon at the National Heart Hospital, said complications of internal bleeding alone would account for Kasperak's death—as for many other deaths following open heart sur- gry. Mrs. Feme Kasperak, herself a heart patient, received sedation after Dr. Shumway told her of her husband's death. She was secluded on her own doctor's orders. HHDQUARTCRS ^ALLISON Kasperak, a retired steelworker who lived at nearby East Palo Alto, was a terminal casa when he entered the hospital Jan. 5 with a heart three times its normal size and failing, doc tors daid. They told him of the dangers of the new transplant operation but recommended it as his only hope. He agreed to it and became the world's fourth patient See HEART on Page 3 Khe Sanh Valley I Blasted by B-52s ED WHO?-As any-near-sighted soul can plainly see, crat.Mrs. L. H. Autry, widow of the state renresenfative \lhson is runnnu for the statp Ipffislatnro Hie rW™ n io ,,4,™ n — ( .-„ u. : _•',.- ™ . . .- _ representative Ed Allison is running for the state legislature. His Osceola whose post is being sought""The campaign headquarters is decorated with posters proclaim- News Photo) ing his GOP candidacy. Allison is running against Demo- ' By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Witer SAIGON (AP) — Waves of big U.S. Air Force B52 strategic bombers pounded suspected North Vietnamese positions in the embattled Khe Sanh alley Monday as fighting died down to only a few rounds of enemy niortar fire. The huge eight-engine Strato- fortresses struck four times in 24 hours around the big U. S. Marine combat base at Khe Sanh ttiat guards the northwest approaches from the demilitarized zone and Laos into South Vietnam. The bombers dropped their loads of up to 50,000 pounds of explosives each on suspected | --North Vietnamese troop concentrations, staging and storage areas in a wide area ranging from .thee miles southeast of Khe Sanh to 15 miles north of the base. . In addition, Air Force, Marine and Navy fighter-bombers flew more than 50 strikes Sunday in support of hard-pressed ailed forces who for two days beat off brutal mortar, artillery and gound assaults. As the U.S. jets raked Communist rocket and mortar sites, North Vietnamese gunners zeroed in on a Marine A4 Skyhawk and sent it plummeting to the earth in a ball of flames, the 225th U.S. plane lost in combat over South Vietnam. .The pilot parachuted and was rescued. The U.S. Command also an- IIIIINIIIIIHIIIINIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIilllllllllll 'Peanuts' Makes Debut Today Those lovable, .laughable little characters from the ' "Peanuts" comic strip make their rebut in today's Courier News. Guaranteed to brighten your day, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and all the gang will regularly appear on the Courier's editorial page. niiillilllllllllllllllllDlllillililiilliilliliiliiiliilliiillililiiiiiiiiiiilini Dateline •January 22~ LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said Sunday night that former Gov. Orva! Faubus may have undertaken new programs during his final days as governor in an attempt to cause financial hardships for the Republcian administration. Rockefeller said welfare recipients received two increases in grants and that the state began a most ambitious construction program just prior to his inauguration. "Could there have been some artful planning in this?" Rockefeller asked. "Certainly not planning in terms of long range fiscal responsibility. More likely planning in terms of what would affect succession in the governor's office. * HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former Gov. Orval Faubus says he intends no criticism of the Democratic legislators who sponsored Acts 113 and 408 of 1967, which he has said will the state millions of dollars. . "I'm not implying criticism of any individual legislator or the legislature," Faubus said Saturday. "They the legislators come to Little Rock, they work 60 days, thye have their own business and profession to look after. "As a general rule, they can't be as well informed as someone who is working for the governor fulltime." He said, however, htat he holds Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller responsible. * NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood and Broadway performers appeared at a benefit Sunday night to raise funds for Democratic senators and congressmen opposed to the Johnson administration policy in Vietnam. Philharmonic Hall in Lincoln Center was packed with 2,800 persons, who paid from $10 to $250 to show they were against the war in Vietnam. The total amount collected was not disclosed. Sens. Ernest Gruening of Alaska and Wayne Morse of Oregon drew standing ovations. Morse told the gathering it was the obligation of the voters to make the government's policy right when it is wrong." Social Security Rate Changes Mean Missco Pensions Up $581,000 (Special to the Courier) NEW YORK (PRNS) - How much more will residents of Faubus Here Wednesday A spokesman for the Kiwanis Club said today that former Gov. Orval E. Faubus will speak to the club at their noon meeting Wednesday. Members of Blytheville's other civic organizations, the Lion's^ Club and Rotarians, in addition to the Kiwaninans from Dell have been invited. It was reported that Faubus said he would make a non-political address and the purpose of his visit was only to see his friends here in Mississippi county. Persons interested in attending the luncheon should contact Bill Lackey at the Holiday Inn for tickets. Mississippi County be receiving from Washington this year in the form of pension checks under the new, liberalized program? What will the average payment be in the local area compared with what it was previously? It is estimated that the changes in social security rates, approved last month by Congress, will add approximately $581,000 a year to the amount that local beneficiaries have . been collecting. The estimate is based upon the latest annual statistics for the county, released by the Social Security Administration. They, show the number of retired and disabled workers, as well as dependent relatives, on the pension rolls and the total paid them each month. All of them will be benefited by the changes. Those who have been getting no more than $44 ' a month, the minimum amount, will be receiving $55 when the new checks go March. out, early in . The smallest payment to a married couple will be $83, instead of the present $66. For those whose annual earnings were $6,600 or more, the new pension checks will be at the rate of $190 a month, as against $168 last year. For couples in that maximum bracket, it will be $285 a month instead of $252. At the beginning of last year, the Social Security Adminira- tion reports, pension payments in Mississippi County averaged $588 per year per recipient. Under the increased rates, See MISSCO on Page 3 nounced the loss of two more planes over North Vietnam, bringing the total announced U.S. combat losses in the North to 792 planes. All four crewmen were missing. U.S. headquarters said an Air Force F4 Phantom went down due to "unknown causes" in the southern panhandle Saturday and a Marine A6 Intruder also was lost to "unknown causes" on Friday. A U. S. spokesman reported two mortar rounds were fired at the Khe Sanh camp today, causing no casualties, but otherwise no figMing had been reported in the valley since Sunday. Military officials ordered newsmen to stay away from the area. But one who did get a glimpse of the main Khe Sanh base, Associated Press photographer Dang an Phuoc, said Communist rockets left some Marine bunkers and huts in rubble and smoke blanketed the entire camp. The allied strong- point guards the northwest approaches to South Vietnam from Laos, where the North Vietnamese troops are believed to group up. U.S: officers in Saigon and Da Nang reported 15 Marines killed and 65 wounded in the fighting Saturday and Sunday. The South Vietnamese command said 12 militiamen were killed and 25 wounded in repulsing an attack on Huoiig Hoa, a 1 district headquarters four miles south- See VIETNAM on Page 3 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiinii BULLETIN By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer- SAIGON (AP) — (J.S. and South Vietnamese defenders abandoned the town of Khe Sanh under pressure of North Vietnamese army regulars today and several thousand civilians fled for their lives. About two dozen U.S. Marines and 40 South Vietnamese militiamen palled out of the town in South Vietnam's threatened northwest corner • after repeated weekend attacks by a force estimated' to number 600 North Vietnamese. '•' iniiniiiniinniiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiniiniiiiiii Board Meets The board of Mississippi County Union Mission meets tonight. The 7:30 p. m. meeting will be held in the Mission. Mayor Reports on Fort Worth Trip Award Nominees Sought by JC's PALERMO, Sicily (AP) - Despite bitter cold and recurrent rains, many of the survivors from western Sicily's earthquakes a week ago refused to leave their muddy tent camps today for shelter in cities on the edge of the disaster zone. The holdouts .refused to go into buildings for fear of a new disaster, after shocks continued to rock the region from time to time. Peasants told officials they were afraid if they left they would never see their fields and home sites again. Some said (hey had to look after their sheep aud goats that survived the quake. Next Saturday at 7 p. m. the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce will have their annual "Distinguished Service Awards Banquet." At,that time, three awards will be presented to the area's outstanding young man, outstanding young farmer, and ou- standing young educator for their services to the community in 1967. . A pinel of three judges who •re independent of the Jaycee organization will make the final selection. Chairman of the event, Jimmy Austin, said that any person or organization in Blytheville may submit a nomination; the only requirement being that the individual nominated must be between the ages of 21 and 36 and if he or she. is a teacher, they must be teaching within the local school system. A nomination may be made by calling - Jimmy Austin at PO 3-9040 (after 5:30 p. m.) before the deadline, January, 2$, 'Mayor Tom Little described his trip last week to Fort Worth as "successful" and said he was "highly pleased" at the out-' come of his meeting with officials there in connection with the David Acres Code Enforcement Project and securing a Demolition grant. Attending the meeting with the mayor were W. J. Cupples, director of Urban Renewal in Blytheville,' and two members of the city Housing Authority, Don Prevallet and T. E. Geeslin. He said that all that remained now was to get the nearly $450,000 needed to finance the projects and 'which he thinks will be appropriated before the end of this fiscal year. While in Fort Worth, Little said he also toured a code enforcement project in progress and gained valuable information from the study of procedures used there which he feels will be beneficial when actual work begins on the similar program here in the city. In addition to these matters, the mayor submitted a proposal laying the groundwork for the Robinson School Urban Re- newal Project to be started, by 1970,. he said. The reason for initiating application for this project now, he said, was because "money is tight right now" and it would take several years to get the appropriation , consequently "the sooner we get started on this thing, the better," he said. Before returning to Arkansas, Little and his party went to Dallas and met with Hendon See MAYOR on Page 3 Y Week Starts In Gity Two morning meetings today launched the YMCA's annual membership campaign, which is being directed by Dr. D. E. Newberry. A part of the week's efforts will be the Y banquet at Blytheville Junior High School cafeteria Wednesday nigtt. Thirteen team captains met this morning to receive instructions. They have a goal of 300 new memberships. Women workers met at a 10 a.m. meeting, following the breakfast meeting of the meii:,. Bob Gardner is co - chairman of the compaign. Team captains are Mike Terry, Dr. James Ross, Mrs. Hugh Whitsitt, Bill Williams, Rev. Alvis Carpenter; Bill Tegethoff, Dr. Jack Webb, Bill Stovall. Jr., J. K. Williams; Ed Ertel, Alvin Huffman III, Max Hefley and Elbert Johnson. More than 100 tickets have been sold thus far to the Wednesday nig'nt banquet. Ice Knifes Rural Roads Weather had dealt county roads the worst blow they've had in a decade. "We know the roads are in bad shape," County Judge A, A. (Snug) Banks said today. "We had crews working over the weekend and they're working right now." Banks said that routes which serve school buses will get first priority in restoring th« roads. "It is important that we keep I these buses running and we're making every effort to do that." Banks looked hopefully at a cloudy sky this, morning and commented that "a good packing rain would give us the compaction we need on the roads." Freezing rain and subsequent thaws practically destroy gravel roads, Banks explained, "I'm going on eight years in this office and believe me that snow and ice we had left the See WEATHER on Page » . Joycees Honor Bosses Tonight Blytheville's Jaycees observe bosses night tonight with;-.-.-a dinner meeting in the Jaycee clubroom on North Second. Blytheville Attorney Oscar Fendler will speak to the Jaycees and their bosses on communism. Men between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to attend. Don Morris is banquet chairman. liiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiniiinii Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy and mild tonight with occasional light rain spreading over the state and a few thundershowers mainly south portions! Cooler Tuesday as cloudiness diminishes and rain ends from the northwest. Low tonight mostly in the 40t.
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