Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 9, 1973 · Page 34
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 34

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, September 9, 1973
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riii ;cil) M;\\S-III:I{ \l.l>. I'aii:im:i Cil). Fla., Siiii(la>. S.-plnnltfr!l. \\m Embittered only by the cover-up Kent victim relives May 4 By Murray Olderman KKNT. Ohio - (NKAi Dean Kahlor will always liavo to live with tht' momory ol Ihe early al'ternoon ot May 4 At noon on that epic day in 1970, jiisl alter the invasion ol (^aniboilia, when the Kent .State I'niversity eampiis erupted in turinoil and the National (Juard was called in. Dean wandered up to the vicinity of Parking Lot R-5B. It was his last walk. Dean Kahler will be in a wheel chair the rest of his life. Hundreds of milling students taunted uniformed guardsmen, who backed warily up a knoll next to Taylor Hall, the architecture building. Dean wanted to see what was going on. He was on his way to a 1 o'clock class. Dean was then a 20-year-old freshman. He had been on campus exactly five weeks. But he was passionately committed to the antiwar movement. A year earlier, he had registered for the draft as a conscientious objector. He got caught up in the emotional fervor of the shouting, unruly crowd of students. He remembers throwing a couple of rocks himself in the direction of the guardsmen — "I wish I hadn't," he says in reflective embarrassment — but he was so far away that all he hit was a couple of students. Dean was on the fringe of the crowd when he heard the first burst of rifle fire. He immediately hit the ground. "It was a natural instinct," he recalls. "I grew up around guns and did a lot of hunting." Then he felt this strange clap in the upper left side of his back and a numbness spread through him. "It was like instant novo- caine," he says. That was also the last time he felt — or would ever again feel — sensation in the lower part of his body. To the kids who hovered over him. he said. "I can't feel anything. I probably have damage to my spinal chord." Dean had been deep into a zoology class studying anatomy. The bullet from the M-1 rifle is still in his body, a slug of steel that's his personal plaque of remembrance for "May 4," as it is known simply on this bucolic, rolling university campus with its stark modern concrete buildings. He is still a student at Kent State, where they're trying desperately, almost, self-consciously to forget that four unarmed young students were struck down fatally by rifle fire and — this is "less well known — that nine others were also hit by bullets. Dean, the most seriously wounded, is the only one left on campus at a time when the DEAN KAHLERS personal memento of May 4, 1970, is the slug from an lVI-1 rifle still in his body. Department of Justice has just decided, after three years, to reopen the investigation of the shootings. He is a junior in the School of Education and has done a remarkable job of self-rehabilitation, of reconciling himself to a life as a paraplegic. He was once an athletic 6-3 and 180 pounds and wanted eventually to play on the football team. He wanted most of all an education at Kent State. After graduation from high school in East Canton, Ohio, just south of here, Dean had fired furnaces as a third helper and gunner at Republic Steel. Working double shifts, he had saved $9,000 in nine months to finance his schooling. The money is almost all gone. He is $15 away from being broke. "I'm down to zero, "he grins through the thick red beard he has grown the last two years. He is bright and alert and optimistic. At first he wasn't worried about walking again. He was worried about staying alive. The doctors gave him only a 40 per cent chance. The bullet fractured the 10th and 11th thoracic vertebrae and caused the removal of a lobe of his left lung. He had to take speech therapy because his diaphragm was also affected. He spent five-and-a-half months in a rehabilitation center in Cleveland before returning to school in January 1971. His own insurance took care of the hospital bills. The Kent Legal Defense Fund paid for a wheel chair. He collects disability benefits, and the Bureau of Vocationul Rehabilitation pays for his schooling. He drives a special 1967 Oldsmobile, lives on campus in Tri-Towers and gets along very well by himself. "I'm happy I'm alive," he says earnestly. "I'm bitter only at the inefficiency of government in covering the whole thing up. "I'm sort of indifferent to those who did the shooting. In a way, I feel sorry for them. They have to live with it, and their nightmares. Mainly, I want people to know what happened because of the distortion of the news. They even ask me, 'What about the guardsmen who got hurt?' They also think only the four dead students were shot." After the shooting on that fateful Monday, Dean was unconscious until Thursday. When he woke up, the first man he saw was an FBI agent in the corner of his hospital room, waiting to question him. He throws his hands up reliving the memory. A few hundred yards from where Dean sits in his wheel chair in the University Center, a black squirrel is foraging under an oak tree, on the knoll where harassed National Guardsmen once opened fire on students. Just below it on an island in the parking lot under a braced young oak, a simple metal tablet lies on the ground, surrounded by crabgrass and weeds. The inscription reads; "In Living Memory of Alison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, William Schroeder, May 4, 1970." Dean Kahler, who didn't know any of them personally, drives past it almost every day. With little feeling, although he fell there, too. "It's just a spot in time," he says. "I don't get hung up • on things like that. " (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN i Big, snuggly furs key fall The American fur industry predicts a happy, furry season. Tops in fashion, the new jacket is the topper. The one (left) is done with a suede yoke, sleeves and mink tails. The sweater wrap coat is big and new (center) In dyed forest green nutria with suede trim arrd belt. T-shaped coat (right) is narrow at the shoulders and widens at the hem. It is in sheared muskrat plates with lots of rust muskrat trim. By Helen Hennessy NEA Women's Editor NEW YORK - (NEA) Big is the word for fall iash- ion. Big silhouettes, big lurs. Other words to look for are natural, relaxed, sweatcred and easy to wear. The fashion .silhouette ii; back to a proportion women can understand and most women wear with ease and flare. The hemline i.s at the knee with slight flutlerings above and a few flitterings below. In the main it"s back to a knee-length hemline. Shoi^lders are marked with set-in .sleeves or emphasized with Balmacaan or sweater sleeves The waistline is there, Sometimes the emphasis is dcfiriite. Or it is indicated by a narrowing of shape, Exaggerated shoes with overpowering heels and soles have marched off the scene for fall and we now have a neater, narrower, lower shoe. MEMO... To Panama City News Herald Advertisers! Your advertising message in the News-Herald is now reaching more people than ever before. Thousands of more people are now seeing your advertising, no extra cost to you. ABC FIGURES FOR MORNING PANAMA CITY NEWS -HERALD 1962 TO PRESENT o5°' olP' oJp' ojo' o*-- or 0^' o^' o» J" J' .A^ A" 27,000 24,000 23,000 22,000 20,000 19,000 18,000 17,000 16,000 15,000 14,000 13,000 12,000 1 1,000 10,000 9,000 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 f 7 .:::;;r 7 t t * j SUNDAY CIRCULATION WEEKDAY CmCUUATION TO OUR READERS! 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