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urn Parents Collapse Caper To Bilk Playboy Club m^Atm 111. (VP1) - "My God, I believe that wis Butch," Karl Pardick exclaimed to tiki wife Sunday night a* they watched a news film on TV about a phony POW and a Playmate. Thomas "Butch" Eugene Pardick Was arrested by FBI agents Tuesday and charged with impersonating an officer of the armed forces, a charge punishable by up to three years in prison and a $1,000 fine. THE FBI SAID, the 27-year-old automobile mechanic posed as a former prisoner of war to swindle the Playboy Club of Chicago out of a candlelight dinner and a date with a playmate. "WhateVer made him do something like that," his father, a 51-year-old paper hanger from Champaign, said. "I had three good children up until this incident. "It's awful, shameful. I was a World War II vet. It's a disgrace. If you were a prisoner of war, would you want someone impersonating you that wasn't? ."I think it's not the right thing to say, but a year in jail wouldn't hurt him for what he's done. It's kind of hard to say, but you don't pull a hoax every day," Earl Pardick said. THE FATHER SAID he called the Playboy Club on Monday and asked for a photograph as "positive proof." At the club's suggestion, he called the FBI. Pardick said he had not received the photo yet. The hoax began Friday when the Playboy Club received a call from a man identifying himself as "Cmdr. Robert Stevens of the Great Lakes Naval Station." The man said "Lt. Tom Johnson of New York City," a former POW en route from Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii to Washington to receive the Medal of Honor, was in Chicago. Johnson, the man said, dreamed of a big night at the Playboy Club, particularly with 1965 Playmate of the Year Jo Collins. PLAYBOY SET UP the date with Miss Collins, adding a steak dinner, cocktails and even a room for "Lt. Johnson* at the Playboy Towers. t The next day, redfaced Playboy officials found no "Cmdr. Stevens" at Greart Lakes and no POW named Tom Johnson. "Johnson" quietly left his Playboy hotel room, taking the keys with him. ST. LOtilS (UPI)-A scorched wing tip tends to support the theory that lightning caused the crash of an Ozark Air Lines turboprop which killed 36 persons and left eight survivors, a member of the National, Transportation Safety Board said today. "It might have been lightning because the wing tip was scorched," said board member Francis H. McAdams. "But we have nothing conclusive on it at this point."McAdams made the comment as a team of 10 board specialists sifted through the remnants of the crash Tuesday, Butz Admits His Estimate Of Need Low By BERNARD BRENNER UPI Farm Editor WASHINGTON (UPI) - Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz claims he's a tiger, not a rabbit, when it comes to driving for increased food production to meet the needs of consumers in this country and abroad. Antitrust Action Milk Producers Attack Lawsuit CHICAGO (UPI)—The general .manager of American Milk Producers Inc. charged Tuesday that a federal antitrust suit against the co-op was "highly suspicious" in light of the firm's refusal to contribute to President Nixon's re-election campaign. Dr. George L. Mehren told the AMPI midstates regional meeting that Herbert Kalmbach, Nixon's former personal attorney, asked the co-op for $750,000 in campaign contributions in May of last year. Mehren said he rejected the request. An AMPI spokesman said the co-op, representing some 40,000 dairy farmers in 20 states, contributed neither to Nixon nor to Sen. George S. McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee. It is illegal for corporations to contribute to political campaigns. Suit Is Pending On Feb. 3, 1972, the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against AMPI, a spokesman for the coop said. The suit is pending in U.S. District Court at Kansas City, Mo., where it has been consolidated with 14 other suits involved in discovery proceedings against AMPI. Mehren charged Tuesday that events surrounding the filing of the Justice Department suit were "not according to usual (legal) procedures. "The entire law suit procedure, particularly in the context of the campaign fund re­ fusal, was highly suspicious and {perhaps even represents political activity entering the courts," he said. Given Little Time Mehren said he was confronted with the proposed suit on a Friday and was given only un til the following Monday to sign a consent decree agreeing to certain conditions regulating AMPI activities or face filing of the suit. He opted to face the suit. "The fact that the lawsuit it self was prepared so speedily and with no investigations by the Justice Department indicated the complaint was drawn with collaboration with private litigants who had legal actions pending against AMPI," Mehren said. The suit, he said, was filed with no preliminary investigation by the government and no effort to reconcile or settle the issues. An AMPI spokesman said expenses in connection with the government suit have mounted to $2 million a year. The spokesman said AMPI was questioning the "pervasive attitude or operation" of the Justice Department "in light of Watergate." Poultry Destroyed ROOKFORD, 111. (UPI) - A fire at the Fruin Poultry Farm Tuesday killed 30,000 chickens and destroyed 72,000 eggs, causing an estimated $200,000 in damages. Scorched Wing Tip Supports Theory That Lightning Struck Ozark Plane trying to determine the cause of the disaster. McAdams, who is one of five members on board, predicted in an interview that a public hearing Would be held by the board within the next few weeks in St. Louis—"Perhaps as Soon as three weeks from now." He said the unusually early board hearing will be made possible by the availability of eyewitnesses to the crash, including the surviving pilot and co-pilot. Hearings normally take several months to convene. Recover Key Items The team recovered two key pieces of equipment from the wreckage—the plane's flight recorder, which makes a constant record of altitude, speed and a number of other flight factors— and the cockpit voice recorder, Which makes a continuous recording of conversations between the pilot and co-pilot. The team also received tapes of conversations between the FAA control tower at Lambert Field and the crew of the plane. An FAA spokesman said the tapes showed the ,tower had reported weather conditions which had been acknowledged by the Ozark flight. He said there was no indication in the tapes of concern by the flight crew. An eyewitness account of the crash and a report from one of the survivors tend to support the theory that the plane may have been struck by lightning. "The plane went like a violent movement to one side, then it hit," said Stuart Sikevitz of Chicago, who lived through the crash. "I saw a few lightning bolts that came close. One may have hit the plane." Chet Checkering, a former Air Force pilot who lives near the crash site, said he saw "this [huge bolt of 1 i g h t n i n g that seemed to strike the plane while the plane was being buffeted by gusty Winds." He said the plane then nosed down and disappeared from his view. Urges Complete Study William R. Hendricks, investigator in charge of the board's Bureau of Aviation Safety, urged caution in blaming the crash on weather before thorough investigations have been completed. "Reports that air turbulence was the cause would be purely speculative at this point," Hen drlcks said. "There were other planes landing at the same time without difficulty." The crash, which occurred between houses in a residential area 2.8 miles from Lambert, Was the first fatal crash of an Ozark plane since the airline began regularly scheduled commercial service 23 years ago. The turboprop plane Was on its instrument approach at the time of the crash. The pilot, Arvid Linke of St. Charles, Mo., and co-pilot, Michael Williams of St. Louis, were among the survivors. The plane's only stewardess, Beth Williams, 23, of Kirkwood, Mo., died in the crash. 'Wasn't Time To Die' for Crash Survivor On the Farm Front But even though he, began opening the throttle on the nation's farm production machine late last year, Butz conceded Tuesday he failed to fully foresee the "explosive" growth currently taking place in demand for food around the world. Some critics decently have charged that Butz moved too slowly and timidly in dropping farm production controls when the world food supply-demand | balance shifted abruptly from surpluses to a tight supply situation last year. Benefit of Hindsight Butz, talking to his department's overseas attaches gathered here for a 10-day conference, charged the critics were working "with the benefit of 2020 hindsight.'' Beginning in the fall of 1972, Butz pointed out, he relaxed 1973 acreage controls on grains and cotton in a series of moves which may produce the biggest one-year leap in history in crop production. "When we announced our 1973 | commodity program plans— which sought increased production (to meet export demand— we were roundly criticized," Butz said. "The farm press was full of blistering comments from certain farm organization and commodity group leaders who charged the department was purposely threatening to drive down farm prices by creating substantial surpluses," he said. Once Too Bold Perhaps Khe acreage increases Butz ordered for this year's harvest didn't go far enough, the secretary said. But he charged the critics who now say he was too timid in loosening controls forget that only a few months ago he was being berated for (allegedly taking a major risk by being too bold in his acreage-boosting directives. ST. LOUIS (UPI) — Stuart Sikevitz, who survived an Ozark Air Lines crash which killed 36 others; says he is alive today because it just wasn't his time to die. "My only thought is that it just wasn't my time," Sikevitz said from his hospital bed Tuesday. /'For me it's a good omen. I'm supposed to live a little longer and do what I'm supposed to do." The turboprop plane was on an instrument approach to Lambert Field at the, time of the crash Monday night. The crash occurred during a thunderstorm, and officials have said the plane was buffeted by strong winds and may have been struck by lightning. "The plane went like a violent movement to one side, then it hit," Sikevitz said. "I saw a few lightning bolts that came close. One may have hit the plane. "The next thing I knew I was in wreckage ... on top of a body, at least I think the person was dead. I saw an orange glow, like fire. I wasn't in pain. I didn't hear any screams. Some firemen pulled me out and carried me on a board to a house." Sikevitz, 30, was one of eight survivors of the crash and the only one not seriously injured. He sustained a back injury and scratches, but was listed in good condition when'he allowed newsmen to crowd into his private room at St. John's Mercy Hospital to tell of the crash. Wearing a bushy beard and a strip of rawhide around his neck, Sikevitz said the only hint of the impending crash was a warning "there was going to be some turbulence" by the pilot over the plane's intercom. "A small boy started to walk to the rear and the stewardess told him to sit down," Sikevitz said. "At this point I put the thing out of my mind. If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. The people were in their seats. They didn't know anything was going to happen." Sikevitz works for the Illinois Pollution Control Board and was at Marion, 111., on state business. He was returning to Chicago where he lives with his wife and two children. Lying flat on his back, Sike­ vitz said softly, "I feel a relation to God, but I felt this before. I'll have to sort out this experience. For some reason I didn't die." Asked if he would fly again, Sikevitz smiled and said, "Sure." Witnesses Claim State Senator Was Drunk CHICAGO (UPI)-Two witnesses in the drunk driving trial of state Sen. Jack Walker, R - Lansing, testified he appeared very intoxicated after ramming his red, Cadillac into two vehicles at a Park Forest intersection last July 31. Walker was charged with drunk driving after a car he was driving crashed into a pickup truck and pushed the truck into an auto at the intersection. In answering a question about her opinion of Walker's sobri-| ety, Mrs. Barbara Carlson, 30, Park Forest, said Walker, former House speaker, "was stoned." Mrs. Carlson said Walker's car, "swinging back and forth," passed her auto and she said she saw it hit the other vehicles at the intersection. Didn't Want Help She said the senator told her, "Get the hell out of here and leave me alone," when she went up to him after the acci dent to ask if he was injured. A second witness, Bill Langford, 37, driver of the pickup truck involved in the crash, said Walker "was very intoxicated" when Langford was asked his opinion of Walker's sobriety just after the crash. Langford and the driver of the car, Mrs. Ruth Mussen, have both filed damage suits against Walker, claiming they suffered whiplash injuries in the accident. 1ft FINAL SUMMER CLEARANCE YOU SAVE TO 60% AND EVEN MORE TOPS & HALTERS $|99 TO $4.99 VALUES TO $12 Swimsuits TO $13.99 VAIUIS TO $32 Shorts TO $6.99 VALUES TO $10 Blouses I Jackets I Pants I Short Sets From >J99 Fr©m >4 M - $ 5 "l - $ 6" Dresses & Shifts »<> M $ 6 99 TO $19.M WEEKEND SPECIAL Our famous NYLON STRETCH Knee Kapper 10 to 20 JUST ARRIVED ARNILL Halters $ 4 50 White * Asst. Print* Comparable Value $7.00 not P peritb 'Not His Time 9 Mr. and Mrs. Victor Sikevitz, Chicago, visited yesterday with their son, Stuart, 30, in a St. Louis hospital where he is recovering from injuries sustained in the Ozark Air Lines crash Monday that claimed 36 lives. Sikevitz is one of eight survivors, UNIFAX Fire Won't Hurt Veterans 9 Benefits WASHINGTON (UPI) - The fire that damaged a military personnel records center in suburban St. Louis, Mo., two weeks ago will not have any effect on the 50 million veterans and dependents receiving benefits, the Veterans Administration says. VA Administrator Donald E. Johnson said Tuesday his agency's records are intact at 57 regional offices and 169 hospitals, and can be used to support new claims from Vietnam veterans as well as to reconstruct any new claims from World War II and Korean War veterans. , The fire destroyed or damaged the records of 22 million former U.S. servicemen who had served between 1912 andj 1960. I Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported Tuesday by the National' Weather Service, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, was 112 degrees at Gila Bend, Ariz. Lowest temperature reported this morning was 40 degrees at Gallup, N.M. READ THE WANT ADS! 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