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?AGB TWO BUTHEVn.T.B (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, JANUARY 18,1954 Tht Fabulous Howard Hughes \ Genius, or an Overgrown Boy? EDITOR'S NOTE — He'i eccentric. He conlr<iversl»l. H« •him* the limelight, yet keep* maklnr newn. He's Ho»'»rd Hiifhen, who h«» enough money in to wh»t he wnnts, »nd does It — with the Hughes flair. In five stories, of which this is the first, an AP writer goes behind the scenes to tell you what Hughes is really like. By JAMES BACON HOLLYWOOD (A P) — Houston, Hollywood and Las Vegas are three fabulous places. And the most fabulous citizens of each may well be wood's sreatesl off-screen lover? Is lie entered he, or Isn't lie. supereccentrlr, In!Invented high school, he had millions—led to the filming in IMS practical muffler for the Hollywood world where normal'•'""'"'•cycles, constructed Ills own •hot rod of pans from automobile (rraveyarrts and monkeyed around with ft steam automobile. He was Ifl when his father died behavior is eccentric 1 Let's try to smash through that small army ot high-paid public relations men and executives who run interference for him. No executive in the country, including the President, Is harder to Ret to than Ruches via normal channels. It's amazing how many In Hollywood. Including some of his high-priced help, never have seen the man. Easy-Coltl* Yet once you cct to talk with him, he's easy-going, charming and courteous. And not too hard to find If you keep Iflle hours. Hushes, first of all, is a mechanical genius. It's not difficult to Howard Hughes. All unwillingly, if you listen to j understand why. He Is the son of the friends who paint him as the la man who did almost as much as •hy, retiring type. Yet. he's always j Henry Ford to roll America into doing things that get him in the papers. the molor age. His father invented the famous What kind of man Is this phan- rock bit oil well drill with 166 cut- torn, who sometimes acts like a i ting etlfjes that chews through flint throwback to the rugged Individ- as easily as mud. With it, drillers all over thfi world first were able lo strike the ]fi,000-ioot depths that tapped unknown petroleum riches. Howard was born in Houston but spent much of his childhood in Dal- u«!!sts of another century? Is he genius? Or an overgrown boy who toys with movie studios, «nd oil wells, and airplanes? Is he shrewd, ruthless, gentle all at once? Does he pinch pennies and toss «wsy millions? Is he Holly- las. Serious, favorite toy! shy even then, his were tools. Before of "Hell's Angels," with air RC- quences which probahly are the finest the screen has seen. Hughes' passion for speed led to the founding of Hughes Aircraft mist." 7'he Russian government offered him big money for the plane but Hughes refused. A friend explains: "Howard was and still is Hollywood's most violent antl-Commu- in 1923. Hushes says that the gov- I fly his own ships. Long-time friend? eminent appraised the business at j estimate he has made 30,000 take- in 1931, so he could design and | Hughes' greatest air feat was the 1938 round-the-world flight. He and his crew made the trip in fll $650.000. By 1949, when 75 per cent of the world's oil wells were drilled with Hughes equipment, it was worth better than 140 million. That's the price, according to the New York Times, that a Wall street syndicate offered Hughes then. He didn't sell, for it's the. fountain of offs and landings In every de- serlbable type of craft. His design Included the first twin-boom fighter, later known as the Lockheed UKhlning, and the big. Constellation. He first won international air prominence in 1835 when, with no advance fanfare, he wrested the income, estimated at better than I ground speed record from Prance, three million yearly that jucies Hughes' other enterprises— such as Trans World Airline, a Texas brewery, RKO Pictures, Hughes aircraft and others. He)l-On-Wheels Hughes was educated at fashionable prep schools in Boston and Ojal, Calif., studied at California Institute of Technology and Bice Institute. Pilots and mechanics early California airfields around recall Hughes as a reticent, boyish filer who never laughed much. In the air, he was a hell-on-wheels daredevil. His interest in flying— and his going 352 m.p.h. Two years later he took the hours, bettering by half the record of the late Wiley Post. It was a typical Hughes operation, Without fanfare. His scientific devotion almost killed him in 1946 on the first flight of his XF1I, a highly experimental plane reputed at that time to be the fastest long-range craft built, He knew for 25 seconds ahead oi time that the ship was going to crash but with a designer's curl- same ship across country [or a 1 ousity ho loosened his safety belt, transcontinental record of 7 hours and 28 minutes. It stood until late In World War II. inspected the plane and convinced himself that the right propeller was causing the trouble. Then he tried Third Marriage Fails for Ida; 'He Didn't Want Domestication' By BOB THOMAS | "It really doesn't matter What HOLLYWOOD I*— Looking back ! business you're in. All it takes for on the wreckage of her third mar- ! marriage is two people Join the March of Dimes-Beat Polio TOLL OF FIVE YEARS (1941-1952) i. HEARS PREVIOUS 20-YEAR TOTAL J Polio Coics fo' '953 35,000 M,ttS 17,377 J1,»J HM-1J l»33-'37 I9J8-'4Z I94J.'47 1941-195] POLIO CASES SKYROCKET—The National Foundation for ' Infantile Paralysis is asking for $75 million to fight polio during i 1954, ind above Newschart explains why. The five year period (1848-52) was only 1678 cases short of the lolal set in the previous 10 yews. The estimated polio cases for 1953 total 35,000 making it one of the high years In U. S. history. RECOVERY —Although polio cases hove increased during the •jast few years, the rate of re- :overy has also'Increased. Ac- ;ordlng to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, , r iO per cent of the people stricken with the disease recover completely and carry on a normal life. Above Newschart also gives breakdown of the other statistics on polio.- rlage Ida Luplno sighed: "I guess i w ho will give and take with each he Just didr't want to be domesticated." "There was no other reason." she said. "He Just didn't want to be settled down. It's too bad. I feel sorry for him. He may fe.el that way now, but watt until he gets a little older. He'll feel awfully lonely. He'll wish,he had someone to hold on to." Walked Out Sh5 was speaking about her es- trangd husband, Howard Duff. A long-time bachelor, he is the fellow who played Sam Spade on the radio. One day he walked out of the house and didn't return. "After Christmas, he brought his mother by the house to see Bridget, our daughter." Ida said. "Other than that, I haven't seen him in the last 10 or '12 weeks." Being an actress, writer, director and producer, Ida is an active woman. But she said she tried to make Duff a happy home. During ! the four months of their recent reconciliation, she stayed home and .ended to the house, she said. 'But he just doesn't go for the domesticity bit." she said. Ida's two previous husbands were .ctor Louis Haywnrd and producer Collier Young. I asked how come she always chose husbands from show business. "Because show business people are the only ones I meet," she replied. Buff Unavailable I hazarded the observation that most of the happy marriages Wf iollywood consisted of one mate who was out of the picture bus- ness. "Oh, no, ducky." she answered. other and who are emotionally mature .dNe as ylor me?e" Need I Say More? Duff was originally slated to be directed in "The Story of a Cop" j by Ida, but you can bet that won't happen. In the first place, she is not going to direct the picture. "I'm neither directing, producing or casting," she remarked. "If Howard is not in the picture, it is not because of me. The fact of the matter is that nobody has heard from him." Duff was not available for comment. V«A*lw fc «i » golf ooiltt*. I Instead, he hit three homei and a garage. His chest and left lung crushed, ckull fractured, nine ribs broken, burned, bruised, shocked, he was given little chance to live. The next day he summoned two aides to the hospital and wanted to conduct business as usual. A horrified doctor stationed a deputy sheriff outside his door with orders to admit no one but doctors and nurses. Hovering between life and death, Hughes asked the doctor to deliver i m««s«»» to tht military th*t th* propeller c»u«d th* crash. 'Tell them to .study It," Hughes gasped. "I don't want this to happen to anyone else." Soon he improved enough to find fault with his hospital bed and design a new one, ordering his engineers to build it Immediately. "We were amazed," said one hospital official. "If he had flown that bed out of the hospital, I wouldn't have been surprised." Among his get-well messages was one from President Truman. Enclosed was the congressional medal awarded Hughes (Ivt y«»n earlier tor his round-the-world flight. Me never had bothered to pick it up. Doctors Often Prescribe This One Active Ingredient TO RELIEVE PAIN Of RHEUMATISM Fait-ictlng C-2223 cooUins §odium ial- icyUte to spef d welconw comfort. Thou- Mndi uie it when rheumatic, arthritic or mu»cle pain "act* up") Pric* cf flrrt bottte back if not tatiited. Oft C-222& Civil War Veteran III AUSTIN. Tex. UP}—Thomas Evans Riddle, 107, one of the last five living Civil War veterans, lay critically ill today of pneumonia. Riddle, a thin little man, became ill yesterday morning at the State Confederate Home for Men in Austin and his condition rapidly got worse. Eyeglasses are said to have been invented by the Chinese and, were used us early as 500 B. C. Marco Polo reported thnt he saw Chinese wen ring glasses In China about 1275 A. D. Relieves Heatt Pain *W World's Largest Seller at Wt HARDEST HIT—Above newsmap shows the 10 state* in the U. S. that had the highest case rates of polio during 1953. Min- neiota led the list with 64.8 cases for every 1110,000 persons. Of the 10 states, six are west of the Mississippi River. Data compiled by the Natjonal Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Propwed Budget of Expenditures Together with Tax Levy for Fl«cnl Year Beginning July 1, 1955, lo and Including .Tune 30, 19.W The Board of Directors of Leach- vllle School District No. 40 tisBippi County^.Arka: pliance Act 403 of 1951 and of. Amendment 40 to the Constitution to the State of Arkansas, have prepared, approved, and hereby make public the proposed budget of expenditures with the tax rate is follows: General Control, $5,000.00; In- itruotion, $111,600.00; Operation of School Buildings, $15,000.00; Maintenance of School Buildings and Equipment, $5,000.00; Auxiliary Agencies (including transportation^. ness. Given this 15tn day of January 1954. BOARD OP DIRECTORS, , Leachvllle school District No. 4r of Mississippi County, Arkansas NORMAN BAILEY. President. LOUIS WEINBERG, Secretary. $16,000.00; Fixed Charges, $5,000.00; tude in Tibet. 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