Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 11, 1975 · Page 20
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 20

Freeport, Illinois
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Friday, July 11, 1975
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Page 20 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Friday, July 11, 1975 Family Threatens Suit For A 'Wrongful Death' FREDERICK, Md. (UPI) - Mrs. Frank Olson says she does not feel bitter against the U.S. Government. But she was overwhelmed with grief, frustration and anger when she learned her husband died 22 years ago after a CIA experiment with LSD. She and her three adult children told a news conference Thursday at her home the family struggled for years to understand how Frank Olson, a devoted husband and loving father, could have crashed to his death in 1953 through a New York hotel window. "We have agonized over the question of what kind of 'horrid nightmare' or 'event' could have driven him to hurl himself at a full run out of a 10th story window, and how this 'suicidal nervous breakdown' - the term we have always used - could have developed so suddenly, so inexplicably, so devoid of connection to anything we or his friends had known of him," an 11-page family statement said. Mrs. Olson knew at the time her husband we.nt to New York for psychiatric treatment of a mental illness which seemed to be related to his top-secret work. His death was officially recorded at the time as resulting from "multiple fractures, shock, hemorrhage." Nearly 22 years later, the Rockefeller Commission report on CIA abuses disclosed one unidentifed person died as a result of a CIA experiment with . LSD in 1953. A friend called Mrs. Olson's attention to a newspaper article about the report. Mrs. Olson.said she felt instinctively the victim was her husband, a civilian biochemist who had been employed On a biological warfare project with CIA connections. From out of the past, a former colleague of her husband's, who had been involved in the LSD experiment, confirmed the man who plummeted from the window was Frank Olson. This man, whom Mrs. Olson declined to identify, had remained silent for more than two decades because he feared violating a secrecy pledge and possibly losing his job. "At first I had a tremendous feeling of relief, and then deep sorrow. The grief was overwhelming," she said. "No. I don't feel bitter against the government, no, indeed. But you can understand that I don't have much trust for the CIA." The family called the news conference to announce they will sue the CIA for several million dollars worth of punitive and compensatory damages for the "wrongful death." School Fund Veto Could Mean Short Year, Payless Paydays O V»T-»TklX"l T^TTTIT T^ •»*» >» vv^ *• v — ' '. ^^ THE FAMILY OF FRANK OLSON, civilian scientist who killed himself in 1953 after being given experimental doses of LSD by CIA agents, said Thursday they will sue the Central Intelligence Agency for his "wrongful death." At their news conference in Frederick, Md., are (left to right): Lisa,, 29, daughter; Eric, 30, son; Alice, Olson's widow; and Nils, 26, son. - DPI Photo. SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker's veto of state school aid funds will cause "payless paydays, a shorter school year (and) increased local debt," according to a resolution adopted by the state Board of Education. The board was one of several organizations which responded Thursday to Walker's announcement earlier this week that he has vetoed about $140 million from the $1.7 billion school aid package approved this spring by the legislature. Others said the cut - which still could be overridden by the legislature - would "disrupt educational programs" and force tax increases in districts where that step is possible. And Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley said the cut is "sad" because "schools are an obligation of the state." "The state Board of Education objects strongly to the budget reductions placed upon elementary and secondary education in the state of Illinois." the board said in a resolution adopted on a 124 vote. "Payless paydays, a shorter school year, increased local debt, these and President Files First Campaign Finance Report WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford has filed his first official campaign finance fund report. In ten days he raised $10,000 and spent nearly two- thirds of it. The President Ford Committee report was among hundreds flooding the Federal Election Commission as it observed its first filing deadline under the new campaign spending law. Ford's relatively small financial report was in contrast to those filed earlier by two leading Democratic presidential contenders. Gov. George Wallace of Alabama and Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington said they had raised a total of $6.6 million for their 1976 campaigns. Ford's funds came in 10 individual contributions of $1,000 each. The donors were listed as Rhoda, Russell and Ted Lund of Minneapolis, Lauren and John Berry of Dayton, Ohio, Navy Secretary J. William Middendorf and his wife Esabelle, Ndel Porter of Palo Alto, Calif., and industrialist David Packard and his wife. Packard, a Californian, is finance chairman of the Ford election committee and chairman of the electronics firm Hewlett Packard. other hardships will face many of the 1,000 school districts and the 2.3 million public, school children of this state. 1 ' the board's resolution said. Dr. Joseph Cronin, state superintendent of schools, said the governor's action "is full of flaws from our professional standpoint. It bears no relationship whatsoever to the Resource Equalizer (school aid) Formula. We certainly would have done it differently."'-, The board Is the chief education policy-maker for the state. Its members awere appointed by Walker and, in turn, appointed Cronin as Illinois' chief schooradministrator. Oscar Weil, legislative director of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, said the timing df the veto "at this late , date when school district budgets are largely fixed for, the next school year, will work enormous harm upon many school districts that have exhausted their borrowing power and pushed local property taxes to the highest limits." Weil said districts which are not already taxing at their maximum levies probably will increase taxes. But "many other districts will be faced with disorder in their educational programs," he said. Harold P. Seamon, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Car-Truck Crash Kills Rural Missouri Woman PEVELY, Mo. (UPI) - A car-truck collision Thursday on Jefferson County Route Z a mile west of here killed Addie Martha Clements, 24, rural Pevely. The Highway Patrol said she was driving a car that collided with an oncoming truck. The truck driver, George Bauman, 37, Hillsboro, refused medical attention. 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Use it to resurface concrete floors, walks, steps, patios . . . to level tilted slabs. Feather-edges perfectly. 10 Ib. and 40 Ib. bags. Boards, said districts""have nothing left to cut from 1975-76 budgets. With reduced funding, the only alternative is deficit financing. "Even the option of borrowing is not open to many districts, for they have reached the limits of their borrowing capabilities." Seamon said. "The re r suit for : these districts will be a shortened school year, 'payless paydays' and reductions in programs offered to students." Daley noted that Walker's Republican predecessor, Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie^; earmarked a large portion of • the state income tax for school aid with the understanding that state contributions would prevent further increases in local property taxes. "Too long have the local people been paying the taxes," the mayor said, implying Walker's actions will again\shift the burden of educational funding to the property tax. Seamon and Weil also both objected to Walker's veto of changes in the state school aid formula which would have helped some districts attract more state money than under the previous version of the formula. Walker's office, the state Bureau of the Budget, the Board of Education and teacher groups all continued to disagree Thursday on the exact dollar impact of Walker's, vetoes. The range of estimates, however, remained between $135.million and $145 million. THE JYMMl M OF QUAUTY LEASE A NEW 1975 MERCURY COMET If you've thought the only way to save on gas is to drive a plain little economy car, you have a surprise corning. Stop in and look over our 1975 Comet with a little Cougar in it. You can see a touch of the big cat's luxury throughout the Comet. And the best part — you can lease a new 1975 Comet for ONLY W ^r Month 'Price does not include freight, preparation, state and local taxes. 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