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- April 08, 1974
- Vol. 1
- No. 6
Blaze Starr, queen of Baltimore's strippers, says 77-year-old George Leighty gave her a $30,000 negotiable note just before he died last July. Blaze contends Leighty, a former union official, was an old family friend, but his executors have charged that her curves turned an old man's head, and have sued to retrieve the note. The experience is not new to Blaze, whose age and bustline are both in the 40s. In 1960 she was said to have been willed $50,000 by the late Louisiana Governor Earl Long. A different will prevailed, however. Says Blaze, "I didn't get a penny."
Hello, young lovers
It was a modern-day Romeo and Juliet reset in Wales and recast with two 13-year-olds from Cardiff. When no one would take their love seriously, Sally Biddle and Peter Mae decided to elope. They got as far as London, where their irate fathers nabbed them. By this time, happily, the couple was willing to forego the scenario—no broken hearts, no suicides. "We still love each other," they said, with amazing good sense, "but we realize we can wait a few years." Added Sally, "Running away is not such a good idea."
A bust in Bunnyland
His coat swept back exposing the pistol in his belt, a federal agent reached for the handcuffs and put pretty Bobbie Arnstein under arrest. Miss Arnstein, 32, is the personal secretary to Playboy owner Hugh Hefner, whose mission in life has been advising people to do their own thing. Bobbie's thing, according to the feds, was conspiring with three other people to market eight ounces of cocaine. A small amount was found in her purse, agents said, as she was nabbed on her way out of Hefner's Chicago mansion.
For Mrs. Marita Sundgren, secretary to Belgium's ambassador to Sweden, it was a terrifying night. She was in the ambassador's office when a French gunman burst in, taking her hostage. While police waited in the street below, she was forced to relay her captor's demands—aid in a family dispute. Early the next morning the man burned furniture and smashed windows, through one of which the hostage peered anxiously. Then, after 14 hours he surrendered, releasing Mrs. Sundgren, weary but unhurt.
Student pilot Donald Gallian of Seattle thus far has mastered taking off, flying solo and landing. But before he goes up again, he might want to review the chapter on stopping an airplane on the runway. He told investigators he had successfully taken a solo flight in a light plane and executed a fine landing on a grassy field, but couldn't bring the aircraft to a halt before it toppled over into the Sammamish River. The 22-year-old Gallian swam to shore unhurt.
Agnew's successor A fought—and lost
After a 41-day trial in federal court, the jury came back with a stunning verdict: Baltimore County executive Dale Anderson (above, center) was found guilty of 32 counts of conspiracy, extortion and income tax evasion. Anderson had been indicted by the same grand jury that had uncovered enough evidence to make Vice-President Spiro Agnew resign and plead no contest to a charge of income tax evasion last October. Anderson, a Democrat, had taken over Agnew's county executive job when Agnew became Maryland's governor in 1967. The investigation into Maryland corruption began with Anderson and then led inevitably to Agnew. But, unlike Agnew, Anderson vowed to fight, announcing his intent to remain in office while appealing his convictions. "I'm not guilty," he said grimly, "and I'm not going to let those bastards destroy me." Anderson faces up to 580 years in prison.
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