The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 27, 1975 · Page 16
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 16

Des Moines, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 27, 1975
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1« / DCS MOINES RCQI8TCR I Wed., Aug. 27, 1978 So Martin Bear was a hoax, eh? It's getting so you can't believe i h anything. The next thing they'll be telling us is that Tinker Bell took a dive. For those of you who missed it, Martin Bear was the 9- year-old who had those cute, clever correspondences with politicians printed in the New York Times and points west, including The Register. It was a charming series of letters but, as it turned out, phony from beginning to end. The letters were Written by a 29-year-old lawyer who then proceeded to flim-flam the Times into believing that they were authentic. (It is interesting to note that the writer of the letters later said he didn't believe an ethical question was involved in his fraud; which proves he is a real lawyer, anyway.) I know how the editors involved must feel. I too was once the victim of a journalistic hoax. It was during my early years on The Des Moines Tribune. I was under the impression that I was Michigan's* gift to investigative reporting, while my city editor (who suffered from an unreasoning hatred of people who couldn't spell) was under the impression I was a typographical error with legs. Then one day a clerk at a small auto parts store north of town got beaten up by thugs at his home, an unremarkable event except for the fact that the store was facing a union election within a week and the clerk had announced he was against the union. The work of labor goons, obviously. When the initial report came into the office, the city editor looked around desperately for a reporter and, finding none, called me over. As a story, it was a beaut. Things kept happening. The clerk was placed under 24-hour police guard to keep him safe until the election, but two days before the scheduled vote he was assaulted while taking out the garbage. The election itself was something out of a Warner Brothers movie. Three police cars rolled up in front of the parts store at the appointed time and six detectives bounded out, scanning the sky for snipers in helicopters. Then the ambulance pulled up, accompanied by another police car, while two other police cars blocked off the street. The clerk, wrapped like a mummy, was taken from the ambulance on a stretcher and carried to the voting booth where he rose up from his bed of pain and feebly pulled the no-union lever on the machine. I went back to the office and got the week's clippings on the election. They were filed in the library under the clerk's name. As I pulled the envelope I noticed that the next folder in the drawer had the same name on it, only instead of "union election" as a subtitle, it said "arson." I pulled the envelope to find that the two men, the arsonist and the clerk, were both from Davenport and the same age. There was another funny thing about the arsonist. He had sought to divert police suspicion from himself by repeatedly slamming a window down on his head and shoulders, them claiming he had been beaten by unknown thugs. Wide-eyed with horror I took the two envelopes over to my city editor and silently gave them to him. He glanced at them perfunctorily at first, but slowly the full import of what he was reading hit him. We had been had. He looked up at me with eyes that said: "Have you ever considered a career in public relations?" Never mind that it wasn't really my fault; I knew right then my tenure as an investigative reporter was over. —Donald Kaul BUGTUSSLE, OKLA, (AP) This town has been called everything from a myth to a cute n a m e . I t doesn't have a post office and its aged, two- room school graduated its last student in 1968. But things are looking bet- t e r for Bug e *" L tussle, largely ALMMT because of a man who started school in the old schoolhouse in 1914: House Speaker Carl Albert. A state commission has big plans for Bugtussle, described as a wide spot on the road about eight miles northeast of VlcAlester. No one really lives n Bugtussle, but there are a few farm families in the general vicinity. The Carl Albert Memorial Commission is proposing to make Bugtussle a cultural cen- er for southeastern-Oklahoma, f funds can be found, the commission wants, to restore the school as it was in Albert's day Will call 70 witnesses in grand jury probe of Hoffa DETROIT, MICH. (AP) Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they will call about 70 witnesses before a grand jury whiclT will begin a probe next week into the disappearance of former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa. U.S. Atty. Ralph Guy said the jury will begin hearing witnesses on Tuesday and continue for at least two to three weeks. Include O'Brien Robert Ozer, who heads the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Strike Force here, said the early witnesses will include Hoffa's foster son, 41-year-old Charles (Chuckie) O'Brien, whom sources have described as a key figure to unraveling the four-weck-old Hoffa mystery. Hoffa dropped from sighl July 30 after he reportedly left home for a scheduled meeting with Detroit Mafia figure Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone. Ozer and Guy declined to say who else was being called to testify, but they said no immediate members of the Hoffa family had been subpoenaed. The scope of the grand jury probe came to light Tuesday during a hearing before U.S District Court Judge Fred Kaess. O'Brien's attorney, James Burdick, requested that a sub poena ordering O'Brien to appear before the jury Tuesday be delayed two days because O'Brien is moving his family Propose big plans for 'spot' called Bugtussle and call it the Carl Albert Cultural Interpretation Center. The center would be used primarily by school children. The life of Albert would be portrayed as an example and some of the courses or seminars would be oriented toward political science. Other buildings in the area would be renovated for historical and economic value. In recent years, things have looked rather bleaK around Bugtussle; it even lost its' name. It was Flowery Mound for a while, and some people even tried calling it Pretty Prairie. But it's back on state highway maps this year as Bugtussle. from Arkansas to Florida Kaess ordered O'Brien to ip- pear next Wednesday. Has Raised Question! During the hearing, Ozer salt O'Brien, who was questioner for more than eight hours by 'FBI agents over the past two weeks, "has raised many more questions than he has an swered." O'Brien reportedly told the FBI that he was driving in the area where Hoffa disappears at about the time Hoffa wa last seen. O'Brien reported!) said it was a coincidence. Guy said his office either has issued or is in the process o issuing subpoenas to 70 persons Ozer declined to say whether he expects any substantial new evidence to come out of the grand jury probe. But Guy sai< his office "does not have any information that the FBI is not privy to." Guy added: "The grand Jury is not receiving evidence for indictments. It is wearing its investigative hat. We hope evi dence generated by thia Jury together with what In have will provide additional leads." Sources said they expected Giacalone would be called before the grand jury because he had refused to co-operate with federal agents. Merger voted by UNI groups CEDAR FALLS, IA. (AP) The University of Northern Iowa chapters of the Iowa Higher Education Association and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) announced Tuesday that they will merge. The new group, to be known as United Faculty of UNI, will begin work on implementing I o w a ' s collective bargaining law at the school. 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