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j?A The Detroit News Sunday, May in, 3005 JL. Vyji L. -ii. U-M athlete's selflessness predated sacrifices in WWII There was a horrific crash, and then flames. Lt. F.lmer Gedeon, three ribs broken, freed himself from the wreckage and crawled away. Then he went back in. A crewmate a team mate was trapped. Amid the remains of a bomber's failed take-off in Raleigh, N.C., Cpl. John R. Rarrat had a broken back and two broken legs. Gedeon pulled him out. He came away with skin grafts and a medal. Memory is a flickering thing after six decades. Fred Janke, 88, thought that was the day Gedeon died: Aug. 9, 1942'. But Gedeon lived to fly again and to die, 20 months later, shot out of the sky above St. Pol, France. History remembers F.lmer Gedeon, a three-sport star from the University of Michigan, because he was one of only two major league baseball players killed in combat in World War II. Janke remembers him because they did the dirty work together in Ann Arbor, playing offensive and defensive line in the age of skinny pads and leather helmets. "A very fine guy," Janke says. "A perfect guy. Everybody liked him." I dialed Janke last week at his daughter's house in Jackson. She's a schoolteacher, recently retired. lie came home from the Navy after the war, went to work for an auto parts supplier called Hancock Industries, and eventually became its president. Later, some of the other movers and shakers in Jackson asked him to run for mayor. "I didn't know enough to say no," he says. He won, but there was too much compromise in the job and too little action, so he gave it up after one term. These days, he wears a hearing aid and uses a walker. Life is quiet. He probably won't do anything special to mark Me-morial Day, but he doesn't have to. When you knew a war the way he did, when enough of 1 i r . V I. ' " ' . f . After starring in three sports at the University of Michigan, Elmer Gedeon became an Army officer in the air corps. He survived one plane crash before being killed in France in 1944. your classmates died that you've long since lost track of which one you heard about first, every reverie can be a memorial. Michigan football, 1938. Coach Fritz'CrisIer's first season. The first year for tear-away jerseys and the winged helmet. Janke, the team captain, played guard and tackle. Gedeon was an end. Everyone played offense aitd defense; come out of a game, you were done for the entire quarter. Gedeon was "a tall, skinny . guy," Janke says, 6-foot-4 and 196 pounds. "A rather serious kid. He could kick quite well. They used to pull him back in serious situations and let him punt the ball, because he could punt it a mile." Author Terry Frei, then with the Portland Oregonian, took an interest in Gedeon some 15 years ago and tracked him all the way back to his first cousin in Cleveland. Frei would later write "Third Down and a War" to Go" (Wisconsin Historical Society, $26.95), about the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers team his father played on before he went off to fly P-38S in the Pacific. Bob Gedeon and Elmer grew up together and used to ice skate at Brookside Park in Cleveland. One day the ice gave way and Bob plunged through, he said, "up to my neck. Elmer slid across the ice on his belly and pulled me out." Elmer Gedeon was a good football player and a great sprinter who set American indoor records in the high hurdles. Some days he would win his races, then change uniforms and start for the baseball team. He signed with the Washington Senators in 1939, played five games with them as an outfielder at the end of the season, and then spent 1940 honing his skills in the minor leagues. , ' TheBentleyllis- f torical Library at ' U-M owns a copy of an April 1941 fraternity news- letter with a note from Gedeon. "As 5 you probably know by this time," he wrote to his Phi Gamma Delta brothers, "Old Ged has been drafted." The Army had assigned him to the cavalry, though "the only horse I ever saw in my life was the one the milkman used." I le learned to ride, but made it clear he was hoping to transfer to the air corps. When his plane crashed in Raleigh, he was serving as the navigator. By 1944, he was Capt. Gedeon, piloting a B-26 bomber out of Boreham Airfield, England. "The last time I saw him," Bob Gedeon said, "he told me, 'I had my accident. It's going to be good flying from now on.' He said he had used up his bad luck." On April 19, says a report on Baseballl.ibrary.com, Gedeon wrote a letter to his wife, Laura. The next day, his plane joined 29 others on a bombing run over Bois d'Esquerdcs. Staggered by German flak, the B-26 plummeted to Earth. Only the co-pilot escaped. Gedeon lies buried at St. Pol a Wolverine, a ballplayer, a hero, a memory. Need Rubin appears Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at (33) 222-184, nrubin(&detnews-.com, or 65 W. Lafayette, Detroit, Ml 48226, ; '"'Ml 1 1 -J 'II i'l ti Today's birthdays Clifton James, actor: 84 Bob Simon, CBS correspondent: 64 LaTaya Jackson, singer: 49 At last, country star to release reggae CD Country music icon Willie Nelson is trying something a little different. .XT Nelson Nelson, 72, will release a long-awaited reggae album, "Countryman" in July. He shot videos in Jamaica this month for a cover of Jim my CliflFs reggae classic "The Harder They Come" and Johnny and June Carter Cash's country music-classic "I'm a Worried Man." "Willie started the project to years ago when he first came to Jamaica, but it's only been com-. pleted now," said AEke Cacia, who worked on the album videos. Nelson, 72, began production on "Countryman" in 1995. The project was shelved when the country star switched labels, and revived in 2004 after he signed on with Nashville, Tenn.-based Lost Highway Records. Director Stone faces drug, DUI charges Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone was arrested for investigation of drug possession and driving while intoxicated, police in Beverly Hills, Calif., said Saturday. Stone, 58, was arrested Friday night at a police checkpoint on Sunset Boulevard after showing signs of alcohol intoxication, Police Sgt. John Edmundson said. A search of his Mercedes turned up drugs. Edmundson said. Stone was released Saturday morning after posting $15,000 bail. 'Breakfast Club' cast to reunite on MTV Don't you forget about "The Breakfast Club." At the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, to air June 9, the network plans to reunite the cast of the classic '80s movie, the cable channel said. Though Emi'io Estevez, who played Andrew Clark, isn't confirmed, in attendance will be Molly Ring-wild (Claire Standish), Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson) and Judd Nelson (John Bender). Yellowcard will per- : j J V 1 'J --i Ringwald Annette Bening, actress: 47 Rupert Everett, actor: 46 Melissa Etheridge, singer: 44 form the single "Don't You Forget About Me" from the 1985 film, directed by John Hughes. This year's awards will be hosted by Jimmy Fal lon To be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, scheduled performers include Mariah Carey and Eminem Nine Lien Nails dropped out of the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday after clashing with the network over an image of President Bush the band planned as a performance backdrop. Detroit News staff reports and wire services. Big Ben stops ticking for 90 minutes SThe 147-year-old London clock's lapse baffles engineers; hot spell may be to blame. By Thomas Wagner Associated Press LONDON - Big Ben, the landmark London clock renowned for its accuracy and chimes, stopped ticking for 90 minutes, an engineer said Satur day. Officials do not know why the 147-year-old clock on the banks of the River Thames stopped at 10:07 p.m. Friday. It resumed keeping time, but stalled again at 10:20 p.m. and remained still for about 90 minutes before starting up again, a spokeswoman for the I louse of Commons said. There has been speculation a recent spell of hot weather may have been to blame. Temper atures in London reached 90 Saturday, and forecasters called it England's hottest day in May since 1953. Big Ben, which is operated by the Palace of Westminster, survived attacks by German Luftwaffe bombers during World War II, continuing to mark the time to within r seconds of Greenwich Mean Time. However, the clock has experienced occasional problems. In 1962, snow caused the clock to ring in the New Year 10 minutes late. In 1976, the clock stopped when a piece of its machinery broke. Big Ben also stopped on April 30, 1997, and once more three weeks later. Big Ben is actually the clock's 13-ton bell, which was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the British commissioner of works at the time the clock was built. The official name for the Gothic tower holding Big Ben is St. Stephen's Tower. Lottery numbers Michigan Sat., May 28 Evening 680,4590 Midday 062, 2407 Fantasy 5 Sat., May 28 17, 24, 27, 34, 39 Fri., May 27 9, 14. 21. 29, 31 Thu., May 26 24, 31, 33, 34, 36 Wed., May 25 18, 28, 33, 35, 38 Tue., May 24 4. 5, 14. 20, 26 Mon., May 23 6, 11, 22, 23, 30 Sun., May 22 9, 13, 14, 20, 36 Keno Sat., May 28 4, 8, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 30, 34, 37, 38, 40, 42, 44, 49, 50, 52, 60, 62, 72, 74, 75 Classic Lotto 47 Sat., May 28 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 45 Wed., May 25 8, 9, 10, 20, 22, 27 Wednesday jackpot $1.2 million Mega Millions Fri., May 27 7, 17, 22, 34, 50; 24 Tue., May 24 9, 28, 39, 40, 45; 24 Tuesday jackpot $92 million Ohio Sat., May 28 Evening 029, 5315 Midday 558, 9083 Lotto Sat., May 28 12, 19, 23, 41, 46, 49; 18 Kicker 303577 Illinois Sat., May 28 Evening 793, 3323 Midday 357, 6583 Lotto Sat., May 28 12, 14, 15, 31, 32, 50 Indiana Sat., May 28 Evening 354, 6725 Midday 524, 0382 Lotto Sat., May 28 5, 6, 15, 20, 29, 42 Powerball Sat., May 28 5, 7, 24, 28, 39; 36 Saturday jackpot $215 million Canada Lotto 649 Sat., May 28 6, 12, 17, 28, 37, 46; 11 Lottario Sat., May 28 32, 35, 36, 40, 41, 45; 14 s j LOCALE EVERYWHERE. EVf-RY WAY. EVERY DAY. Becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Highs in the low 70s. Chance of showers tnninht lnw in Hip low D , -Jklk "-. I A wur'H'"" ' Today's forecast is provided by Local 4 s Chuck Gaidica. You can watch hirn at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays. Five-day forecast at a glance Monday, May 30 Tuesday, May 31 Wednesday, lune 1 6650 Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms 7051 Partly cloudy with scattered showers 7253 Partly cloudy skies and pleasant Thursday, June 2 7550 Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers Friday, June 3 7356 Partly sunny and near seasonable Weather Roundup Regional five-day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Upper Peninsula 5 ,'. t Q Northern Low ' 72 & E E Z Western Lower 68' n ; ; , n w : 49 , 49 t 51 63 M . Eastern Lower 66- 69- f rr !; 50' , 54 A 53' t 58 .... ., li , Weather watch on the Web Detnews.com tracks current conditions, updated '.. hourly, In dozens of Michigan Cities, all five Great Lakes and throughout the world. Check out our animated satellite and radar maps. f, . i t Winds Wat 5 to 15 mph today, then Sat 5 to 10 mph tonight The Air EPA pollution index: Moderate Pollen Count: Moderate On this day Record High 92 1987 Record Low 32 1966 Houghton: 6146 Today's temperatures Marquette: 6044 Sault Ste. Marie: 6646 Iron Mountain: 6644 nriicmgan outlook An upper level low will continue to produce scattered showers and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms across the state today. A few scattered showers will continue tonight. Expect another chance of showers across the state tomorrow with thunderstorms possible in the southern Lower Peninsula. Rainfall City Mackinaw " City: 6648 Charlevoix: 6745 Traverse City: 7048 Houghton Lake: 7045 Alpena: 7046 Oscoda: 7048 Alpena Gaylord Grand Rapids Marquette May 0.73" 2.15" 2.03" 2.79" Sault Ste. Marie 1.74" White Lake 1.66" This Year 7.78" 7.89" 11.42" U.03" 5.89" 11.63" Ludington: 6348 Muskegon: 6748 Grand Rapids: 7150 Kalamazoo: 7253 Midland: 7149 Bay City: 7149 Lansing: 7350 Port Huron: 7151 Detroit: 7153 Monroe: 7250 "All forecasts. graphics 8 data by ' Weather Central, Inc. 2005 The nation An upper level low will be responsible for scattered showers and thunderstorms over the Upper Midwest. Showers will be possible over New England under mostly cloudy skies. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible from the Mississippi Valley to the Gulf Coast, as well over the central Plains and the Southwest. Scattered thunderstorms will extend over the central Rockies to the Pacific Northwest. Snow Ice T-hit-mw ,-. Travel y. . Airports Dallas: Delays possible New York: No weather related delays expected Chicago: Delays possible ' - i. ' ' ,i,iov -'-va. p y ' - ' 1 'I- , V M H i ' WasNnq'ui.' j M f tj" ', i . - , i I . i . . i: .1 , ' i -r-J' " V r .! 10, i T-r -- Warm (Dili itaflimarf Phoenix: No weather related delays expected San Francisco: No weather related delays expected Metro almanac Precipitation yesterday by 12 p.m. To dateNormal i I Yesterday Month Year j 4- 3: I Metro Airport Trace 1672.72 in. 10.4912.08 in. ' 2. City Airport .09 in. 1112.72 in. 7.4712.08 in. i..' 3. Mount Clemens .00 in. .902.57 in. 9.291156 in. I 4. White Lake .00 in. 1662.38 in. 116310.37 in. Heating degree days Day Season Normal Last year this date: 11 Normal this date: 4 6 6114 6371 Last season to date: 5924 The heating degree days figure, an index of fuel consumption, indicates how far the day's mean temperature was below 65 degrees. Michigan outdoors Sunriseset: 6:00 a.m.9:00 p.m. Moonriseset: 1:59 a.m.12;06 p.m. Last New First Full May 30 June 6 June 14 June 21 CD Planets: Mercury ENE at 5:41 a.m. Venus ENEatl6:57a.m. Mars Eat 2:50 a.m. Jupiter E at 3:43 p.m. Saturn ENE at 9:21 a.m. The Lakes Huron: Wind W 5-10 knots. Waves 0-1 feet. St Clair Wind W 5 -10 knots. Waves 0-2 feet. Erie: Wind variable 5-10 knots. Waves 1-2 feet. Superior Wind SW 5-10 knots. Waves 0-1 feet. Michigan: Wind SW 5-10 knots. Waves 0-1 feet. Fishing Northeast;.Anglers on the Cheboygan River are reeling in an occasional steelhead. By Rogers City, the fishing activity this week is slow. East Perch are starting to bite on Lake Huron near Lakeport. Between St. Clair and Algonac, the walleye fishing is very good. Southeast The walleye fishing is very good on Belleville Lake. Crappie fishing is good on the lake. Bluegill fishing is fair. Northwest The Frankfort area, the whitefish fishing is good on Crystal Lake. Perch fishing ranges from fair to good on the lake. At Kalkaska, the panfish fishing is spotty on most area lakes. West: Anglers on Chippewa Lake are catching panfish. Both crawlers and wax worms are being used. At Baldwin, the bluegill fishing ranges from good to very good on most area lakes. Southwest Lake Michigan is producing very good salmon fishing out from Holland. At Sturgis, the bluegill and crappie fishing is pretty good on most area lakes. Source: AAA Michigan Michigan Hotline Recorded information (updated weekly) on Michigan events, fishing conditions, and other travel and recreational opportunities. (800) 644-8644. City by City: Forecast reflects temperatures for today, weather for tomorrow. Today Tomorrow Today Tomorrow US- Hi Lo Hi to Fcst U.S. HI Lo Hi Lo Fcst Albany, NY. 72 50 74 53 ptcldy Little Rock 77 66 77 62 tstrm Albuquerque 83 59 81 58 ptcldy losAnqeles 69 58 70 58 ptcldy Amarillo 77 51 67 51 tstrm Louisville 79 60 78 55 tstrm Anchorage 60 44 62 45 shwrs Memphis 82 68 80 63 tstrm Atlanta 82 63 77 65 tstrm Miami Beach 89 76 89 79 tstrm Atlantic City 74 54 73 54 ptcldy Milwaukee 67 50 63 50 tstrm A"tin 84 70 85 67 ptcldy Mpls St.Paul 65 49 68 49 cldy Baltimore 75 52 75 58 ptcldy Nashville 83 63 79 60 tstrm Baton Rouge 85 70 64 68 tstrm New Orleans 85 73 86 71 tstrm Billings 57 41 55 42 ram New York 77 57 78 59 ptcldy Birmingham 82 67 79 67 tstrm Norfolk. Va. 80 60 77 62 ntcldv Bismarck 59 41 65 45 ptcldy Oklahoma City 76 60 73 60 tstrm Boise 81 53 84 52 tstrm Omaha 71 49 70 50 rain Boston 70 55 67 55 ptcldy Orlando 90 70 90 70 tstrm Brownsville 91 78 91 76 tstrm Philadelphia 77 55 76 58 Dtcldv Buffalo 66 51 68 50 ptcldy ! Phoenix 95 76 93 74 sunny Burlinqton, Vt. 66 51 69 49 tstrm j Pittsburgh 70 50 71 52 ptcldy Charleston 85 66 82 67 tstrm i Portland, Me. 61 50 65 49 tstrm Charleston. WV 75 52 75 54 ptcldy i Portland. Or. 78 55 73 54 ptcldv Charlotte 84 60 75 61 tstrm I Providence 74 55 71 55 ptcldy Chattanooga 83 62 79 65 tstrm I Raleigh 84 57 80 62 tstrm Cheyenne 55 40 50 39 tstrm j Rapid City 57 40 61 46 rain Chicago 72 53 70 47 tstrm j Richmond 82 56 80 60 ptcldy Cincinnati 74 52 77 55 tstrm Sacramento 78 65 84 59 ptcldv Cleveland 71 53 70 51 ptcldy St. Louis 80 61 77 66 tstrm Columbia. SC 88 6.3 80 65 tstrm Sail Lake City 82 56 72 53 tstrm Columbus 73 56 78 56 ptcldy San Antonio 85 70 86 70 ptcldv Dallas 83 69 83 63 tstrm San Diego 68 62 68 61 ptcldy Drawer 65 44 56 41 tslrm San francisco 65 53 67 53 sunny Des Moines 72 50 72 51 rain Savannah 86 66 83 69 tstrm El Paso 86 64 89 65 ptcldy Seattle 77 54 74 63 ptcldy Flagstaff 70 43 67 39 ptcldy Shreveport 85 68 82 68 tstrm Great falls 65 40 67 33 ptcldy Sioux Falls 63 46 64 47 ptcldv Green Bay 69 48 65 48 rain Spokane 82 45 80 51 sunny Helena 69 43 72 36 tstrm Syracuse 69 51 70 52 tstrm Honolulu 86 73 8 7 74 shwrs Tampa 89 74 8S 74 tstrm Houston 86 73 86 73 tstrm j Toledo 74 55 70 53 cldy Indianapolis 75 57 74 57 tstrm Tnpca 76 55 72 62 rain Jackson 81 69 81 70 tstrm i Tucson 0 66 94 63 pMrlv Jacksonville 86 68 89 69 tst-tn ! Tulsa 78 63 75 56 plrldv City 76 5 73 51 ptcldy i Washington 75 67 77 63 ptcldy Us Vegas 95 72 90 68 sunny ; Wichita 76 56 71 64 ptcldy del For forecasts in L200 cities around the wwld. indiidinn rtnnww httpd9!2 of Michi3an locations, go to ftonews.comyveather on the Web, World Tomorrow Hi Lo Fcst Amsterdam Athens Bangkok Beijing Belgrade Berlin Brussels Cairo Dublin Frankfurt Geneva Helsinki Hong Kong Jerusalem 75 77 97 76 83 77 75 91 60 80 86 63 85 81 Johannesburg 65 Kiev London Madrid Moscow Nairobi New Delhi Paris Rio Rome Seoul 5inqapore Sydney Tel Aviv Tokyo Vienna Warsaw CANADA Fdmonton Montreal Reqina Toronto Vancouver Winnipeg PAN AVI! MCA Acapulco Bermuda Buenos Aires GuaHalaiara K"qston Managua Mexico City San Juan 84 66 84 73 78 109 72 76 67 76 95 61 78 74 87 62 75 69 67 70 68 64 89 75 75 90 89 90 67 89 59 rain 58 shwrs 79 ram 55 shwrs 60 shwrs 58 cldy 56 rain 64 sunny 42 ptcldy 61 rain 65 ptcldy 45 ptcldy 75 shwrs 56 sunny 45 ptcldy 63 ptcldy 47 ptcldy 61 rain 52 ptcldy 61 shwrs 83 shwrs 54 shwrs 62 sunny 65 ptcldy 56 ptcldy 75 rain 42 ptcldy 57 ptcldy 54 ptcldy 65 cldy 62 cldy 46 sunny 57 ptcldy 45 sunny 55 tstrm 53 ptcldy 48 ptcldy 78 ptcldy f2 ptcldy 58 tstrm 61 ptcldy 77 ptcldy 75 ptcldy 54 ptcldy 77 rain 4-

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