Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on October 21, 1969 · Page 21
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 21

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, October 21, 1969
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Mate of Downed Flier Asks: Wife, Widow? Tucs., Oct. 21, 1969 C R K K L E Y TRIIHJNE I'UKC '2 By LARRY BACON Idaho State Journal POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) Since June of 1987, Susan Lcm mons has been wondering if hei husband is dead or alive. Capt. William E. Lammons and Army helicopter pilot, has been missing since he and Iwi others failed to return from i helicopter reconnaissance High in Vietnam. There has been m sign of the helicopter or tin men. Each month, Defense Depart menl officials send Capt. Lcm mons' attractive young w i f e Susan a form letter telling her that they're sorry, but there is no word of her husband. Meanwhile Susan, 25, spends her time looking after two live ly, towheaded youngsters--An nette, 5, and William Jr., 2. Susan accepts her troubles bravely. She said she lias been able to endure because of hei faith in God. 'He's Always There' "He's always there, no matter who else isn't," she said. The Lemmons were marriec in the Mormon Temple in Logan, Utah. She says she is confident she will be reunited with her husband again, even if it must be after death. Susan and Bill grew up in the same neighborhood. He was two years older, and they were high school sweethearts. They were married in 1982 when both were attending Idaho State University. Bill was in ROTC and served as president of the Associated Men Students. In 1965, he was graduated and also was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. There followed assignments at Forl Bliss, Tex., Fort Rucker, Ala., and Fort Walters, Tex. Bill was able to take Susan and little Annette with him. Assigned to Vietnam in January, 1967, Bill became a father again a month later when "little Willie" was born. A month before Bill was reported missing, Susan enrolled at Utah S t a t e University, where she continued her studies in elementary education. After the initial shock of learning Bill was missing, Susan tried to remain as busy as possible. She concentrated on skiing, golf, and horseback riding in addition to her studies and taking care of her children. But then she came down witli mononucleosis. She dropped out of school and returned to Pocatello last December: She still feels the effects of the illness, out effort to end the war and get these men home? It's ridiculous to allow men to be put in these circumstances." Susan is uneasy talking about her feelings toward the Defense of her husband. But she said find out about her husband. Letters have cautioned her about ever showed an interest. making independent efforts to get information about her husband. She as also been cau- tioned about making inflammatory public statements. the Idaho congressional delegation to ask for help to find news Department and its efforts to former Rep. George Hansen, R- disappeared. Before, 1 used to Idaho, was the only one who She has written to Defense Department officials to ask advice on what she could do to help. Happy With Effort? Is she satisfied with Hie efforts that have been made to find her husband? "I can never be satisfied," she says. "I always think that if went over and beat the bushes myself, I might find him." "It's been three years since alive for her children. Picture of him are prominently place i;i the Lemmons home. She talk about him a lot to her children '"Annette keeps asking whe Daddy's coming home," Susa said. "I don't know if she reall, remembers him." Willie, even (hough he's neve She has contacted members of I've seen him. It's been sort of seen his falher, readily ident a nebulous daydream. I don't ties "daddy" in photographs. consider him alive. I don't con- get his letters. And the first six Susan said. "Annette's friend months he was over there, he called me three times, from Vietnam." Susan does her best to keep gone. And Santa Glaus sti the memory of her husband "It helped at Christmas, told her there, is no Santa Glaus that 'daddy' is Santa Glaus. Bu Clear Annette knew they must b wrong because her daddy came." Coloradan Puts Fortune On Line With Jazz Group By LEONARD FEATHER The Los Angeles Times "The public didn't leave jazz --jazz left the public! Jazz has almost committed factional suicide--black against white, ideology against ideology, vested pa- ·ochialism, drug permissiveness, .for hours waiting to see that hand in the parade. I got hooked on jazz then and I have never been unhooked since. It has been the one constant thread in my rather erratic life pattern: In school in Mobile; in the Marine Gorps critical dilettantism. The sailors in World War II (I joined in are fighting among themselves while the ship is sinking!" The hip,h-pilched, impassioned voice is that of Richard D. Gibson. Present occupation: Patron )f the arts. Assets: The three prerequisites for this position -- noney, taste and a strategy. Reason: Through a rare series in non sequiturs, jazz lias gained a new angel because a man in Colorado invented a contrivance hat (a) saved Gibson's teeth and (b) made him a million- ire. Gibson's solid gold wings have een flapping fervently since lie nunched an underlaking that :an, he says, do for jazz what he Moog Synthesizer has done or Bach. "Big" Band The initial stage of his ven- ure (the first rocket in a four- tage missile that will later de- )loy other projects, other bands) s an orchestra that bills itself is the world's greatest jazz-band if Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart. To Dick Gibson, it's plain Id WGJ. His determination may be ;auged by the $100,000 he lias unk in the band in less than 1943 when I was 17); at the University of Alabama, and during my 11 years in New York. I was financial manager of the New York Herald Tribune, then vice president of the Lehman Corp. "My wife and I moved to Denver in 1960. We missed the ocean and jazz. We couldn't do anything about the ocean, but we thought we'd try to get something going in the way of an annual private jazz party in Aspen. We were broke in those days, so mounting.the first two or three parties was a scary guests Aqua Toe Gibson charged his a year. 'WGJ has two LPs on the Pro]:ct 3 label, has played at New- lort and in several night clubs, imong them Al Hirt's in Newi Orleans. Hirt blew his . beard ver the band and insisted: 'Come back soon, you hear?" There have been TV credits on lie tonight show, Ed Sullivan, 3avid Frost, even Huntley- admission, but always wound up in the red, flying in his Favorite musicians from all over the country. This year close to 40 jazzmen took part, one of them summoned from Paris. Nowadays he can indulge in such luxuries without discomfort. In 1902, as an investment banker, he helped put together in Forl Collins, a company named Aqua Tec, which made a home dental care unit called the Water Hik. "When I found the company it consisted of the inventor and a basement;. The invention literally saved my teeth. I decided to help promote it. I located a president for the . company, and the money it needed." The organization grew. Gibson joined it actively in 19C5 and two years later negotiated Is sale to Teledyne Corp. for an amount he circumspectly assesses as "many millions of dollars." The sale provided "enough capital to devote all my thinking and ilanning to what I had wanted ,o do for 20 years--help jazz." The WGJ story evolved out of the annual bashes. The owner of Eliteh's Gardens, a Denver ballroom, insisted that Gibson line up, for the -dance hall, a band composed of some of the same men he had heard at the 1964 party. A group was duly assembled in the summer of 1965 and was reunited, with slight personnel changes, for ;hree more summers. By 1908 t was almost identical to what soon became WGJ. Top Bandsmen Gibson's present and future activities are formalized undei [lie imprimatur of World Jazz, Inc., with trumpeter Lawson and bassist-arranger Haggart other share as his partners. "The in the band will handsomely in the profits, and are subsidized until such time as profits begin to occur." These are men who have been around, and in the right places. Lawson. Haggart and trumpeter Billy Butterfield are alumn three other people, working in of the spirited old Bob Crosby band. Saxophonists Bud Free man and Bob Wilber playei vith Benny Goodman, as dii rombonist Lou McGarily. Cai T ontana, the other trombonisl drew paychecks from Wood lerman, Lionel Hampton am Stan Kenton. Pianist Ralph Sut on-spent several years in Jac" Tcagarden's band. Gus John son put in six years with Coun Jasie, later working witli Her man and Gerry Mulligan. Summing up the virtues of hi land, he observes: "They cai mprovise together or pla; ;rcat arrangements together They're a band, not a collec ion of talented egos playing against each other. "They tell me jazz is an a] bati-oss word. Get rid of th vord, call it something else Nonsense! This is a vital ar 'orm, and I'm saying to any one who will listen: Rallj ·ound. We're knocking our selves out with a deliberate!, obstacle-filled name, but all we need is to be heard and w can win this battle, for the bant and for jazz. "Watch us. It could happei by 1971." Given the power, pocketbool and invincible attitude of a Did Gibson -- and (he happy fac .hat most of his claims are con 'incing--it could happen evei sooner than that. The Marquis de Lafayette icro of both American am 'ranch revolutions, sent the key ,o the Baslile lo his frieni George Washington, who hung i up in his house at Mount Ver non. It is still there today. AUTO GLASS For All Cars A M Glass 62-1 13th St. Ph. 352-6248 but she says that after she re- Brinkley. Still, the unit is work- covers, she plans to finish her last year of schooling and begin teaching as soon as possible. She still receives her husband's paychecks. The Army promoted him lo captain and ing irregularly. Gibson is not discouraged. "I know I'm swimming against the tide. I want to. This could lead lo a whole renaissance for jazz : everywhere." awarded him a bronze star af- The man behind these proud- ler he was reported missing, [spirited words is a 44-year-old After seven years, if there ex-investment banker. Though, still is no indication Capl. Lcm- it would be easy lo misconstrue mons is alive, he will be de-'his campaign as that of an over; clared officially dead. (budgeted child with a million-; State law would permit Susaiijdollar toy, Gibson is pragmatic- to remarry i 3 ' 1 ^ serious in his devotion to a, "I don't think I would ever do cause for which he has been that," she said. fighting all his life. Along with her monthly let- Hoohed on Jazz lers from the Defense Depart-! "When I was about six," he menl, Susan gets briefings abouljsays, there was a colored familyi the war and the peace talks. In|around the corner from our one report, two cx-POWs told ofihome in Mobile, Ala., where| torture at the hands 'of the Northjmusicians used to get together Vietnamese. jand play. 1 spent all my time II frightened Susan. there. Some of the visitors were "I don't know what to wish. He might be belter off dead than being tortured in one of those prison camps," she said. "Those prisoners of war said it boosted their spirits when they were in the camps at Hanoi and could hear the bombs being dropped nearby. 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