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Vol. LXXXVI, No. 3
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, September 6, 1975
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Sen. Philip Hart, (D-Mich.), is undergoing tests
in the nearby Bethesda, Md., Naval Hospital after
a small malignant growth was found in one arm.
"The tests are being conducted to determine the
primary source of the malignancy," his office said
in a statement issued Thursday. Hart has said he
will not run for re-election.
The Daily incorrectly reported yesterday that,
the Ethnic Festival would be held this weekend.
But, the big street fair is scheduled for next week-
Happenings .. .
.are as dull as the weather today. There
will be a plant and "everything but the 'kitchen
sink" sale. sponsored by the local NOW chapter
from 9-5 in the basement of the Unitarian Church,
1917 Washtenaw and Model Cities is sponsoring a
free health fair today from 9:30-5 and tomorrow
from 12 - 5 at the Mack Community School, 920
Miller St. There will be free immunizations, tests,
and examinations of all kinds.
The news of the attempted assassination of
President Ford in California yesterday provoked
some dry humor during the House Agriculture
Committee meeting. Chairman Thomas Foley (D-
Wash.), interrupted the meeting to relay the news
of the abortive attempt on Ford's life. Rep. James
Johnson, (R-Colo.), said, "Mr. Chairman, I think
the record should show that, for the first time
since McKinley we have a Republican president
worth shooting, and I think that's a good sign."
Leave it to the proper British to come up with
a new form of family violence to top wife beating
and child abuse. Granny bashing is the latest
crime in England. A doctor specializing in old peo-
ple said he personally had been involved in several
cases of assault on elderly patients by relatives.
Dr. G. R. Burroughs urged doctors and nurses to
look as carefully for cases of assault on grand-
mothers as they might for the more traditional
wife ad child beating.
Big 'n hairy
A seven foot tall, hairy, foul-smelling monster
is scaring away the end-of-the-summer doldrums
in Noxie, Okla. Several residents in the tiny farm-
ing community report sighting what has been
named the Noxie monster. "I was within 10 feet
of it before I saw him," said farmer Ken Tosh.
"He growled and ran one way. I screamed and
ran the other." Armed bands of hunters have been
roaming the rolling timber-covered hills along the
Oklahoma-Kansas border hoping to get a shot at
the creature. The local sheriff thinks the monster
is a combination of beer, heat and vivid imagina-
Eighteen Nobel Prize winners have branded the
art of astrology as "pure hokum." Thebastrologers
are fighting back with some of their own strong
language. "Those scientists are poor saps-poor
fools," said veteran San Francisco astrologer
Fritzi Armstrong. The debate between the believ-
ers and non-believers began when 186 scientists,
including the Nobel Prize winners, signed a peti-
tion debunking the idea that heavenly bodies influ-
ence human affairs.
On the inside . ..
... the Edit Page features the problems of get-
ting ot of one's dorm lease by Tim Schick .
Cathi Suyak interviews a stripper on the Arts
Page . . . and Marcia Merker offers IM informa-
tion on the Sports Page.
Manson disciple foiled
two feet from President
From wire Service Reports
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A young woman attempted
to assassinate President Gerald Ford here yesterday when
she thrust a loaded pistol within arm's reach of the chief
The attack was foiled as a Secret Service agent
threw the woman to the ground and wrestled the gun
away from her.
The President, unhurt but visibly dazed and shaken,
was quickly surrounded by the other agents and hustled
inside the state capitol building, where he delivered a
speech on crime some 90 minutes later.
POLICE identified the attacker as Lynette Alice Fromme, 26,
a disciple of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson.
"I am very thankful to the Secret Service for doing a superb
job," Ford said later, declaring the incident would not stop his
travels and meetings with ordinary people.
FIRST LADY Betty Ford was immediately contacted at the
White House and told of her husband's escape.
"It's something .you have to live. with," she said through a
spokeswoman. "I'm grateful to the Secret Service and the job
FBI Director Clarence Kelley announced that his department
has taken over the case and that Fromme has been charged with
FROMME, who wore a long, loose rust-colored dress and a
turban, lives in a Sacramento apartment with two other women
followers of Manson - jailed for life after being convicted of a
series of gory murders in Los Angeles in 1969.
According to eyewitnesses, Fromme lunged for Ford as he
walked within reaching distance of .crowds of well-wishers on the
street between the state capitol and the Senator Hotel where he
stayed the night.
Sacramento police said there was no bullet in the chamber
of Fromme's silver-plated .45 caliber automatic, but that the clip
contained four bullets.
A CALIFORNIA state employe Ron Miller, who was standing
near Ford, said he heard a "click" before the pistol was snatched
from Fromme's hand.
Police took an unstated number of Fromme's acquaintances-
including her roomm.te Sandra Good - into custody until the
President left for Washington shortly after the incident.
Ford shook a few hands in the Senator Hotel lobby before
leaving, but he refrained from going into the crowds anywhere
else after the morning attack.
WITNESSES said Ford apparently was the first to see the
Doily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
Waitiig for mom
Fifteen-month-old Morgan Koe mugs for the camera while waiting in the rain in front of Uni-
versity Health Service for his mother. Morgan declined to comment on yesterday's thoroughly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (P) -
Lynette Alice Fromme, seized
by authorities yesterday after
she pointed a loaded pistol at
President Ford, was one of the
earliest members of what came
to be known as the Charles
She demonstrated her loyalt;
to Manson during the trial at
which he was convicted of
murder, branding her forehead
with an X burned into the skin.
Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi
wrote that this was one of the
rituals for new members of the
family "complete to tasting the
blood as it ran down their
THE RED-HAIRED, freckle-
faced Fromme, now 26, said in
an interview in July that Man-
son blamed former President
Nixon for his fate and believed
Ford was continuing Nixon's
The daughter of an aeronau-
tical engineer, Fromme came
from a well-to-do Southern Cali-
fornia family. She has a lengthy
record, and was once accused
of murder, but has never been
convicted of a major offense.
Fromme, who attended and
dropped out of El Camino Jun-
ior College in Torrance, Calif.,
testified at the Manson trial
See 'SQUEAKY,' Page 5
The chief executive flinched
$15 LATE FEES:
By JIM TOBIN
In the midst of this week's
long registration lines and
scheduling frustrations, Univer-
sity officials angered incoming
students anew yesterday morn-
ing'by assessing $15 late regis-
tration fees, provoking charges'
that inefficiency in the CRISP
registration system was actually
to blame for the foul-ups.
University registrars claim
they have been swamped with
unexpectedly high numbers of
students wishing to drop or add
courses, causing the swelling.
lines which have tied up many
students for hours on end.
John Lehman said yesterday
that as of last Monday night,
approximately 24,000 of the Uni-
versity's 27,000 students were
registered, leaving the rest to
compete in the last minute
crush on Tuesday, Wednesday
Of these approximately three
thousand, most were able to
register before yesterday morn-
ing's 'deadline, but others, ham-
pered by the long lines, were
left to pay their fee nn Friday.
Some still have not had their
schedules processed and must
wait until Monday morning.
Lehman and Associate Regis-
trar Harris Olson placed much
of fiph inm rn thr- n.n-,
and paled, then Secret Service
agent Larry Buendorf grabbed-
the loaded weapon with one
hand and the woman with the
Ford later described the in-
cident himself, saying: "I saw
a hand coming up between sev-
eral others in the front row
and obviously there was a gun
in that hand."
WHITE HOUSE Press Secre-
tary Ron Nessen said the gun
was only two feet from Ford
when Buendorf seized From-
me's hand and held it aloft.
Buendorf's hand was cut, in-
See ATTEMPT, Page 5
Lehman cited a lack of fore-
sight on the part of University
planners as partly to blame.
"The people who make the
decisions (the CRISP Task
Force which planned the sys-
tem) thought people were scared
or pessimistic about being
swamped with drop-adds," he
said, stressing that the CRISP
staff cannot handle such a load
in such a short period.
RUMORS FLOWED freely
through the long lines of bored
and restless students all week
long. On Thursday, an uniden-
tified individual, not on the
CRISP staff, walked along the
lines announcing that the late
fee would not be charged caus-
ing many people to give up their
vigil in hopes of being processed
Upon their return they were
told that, in fact, the fee was
being assessed. When they told
their tale of woe, registration
officials relented and allowed
them in without demanding the
Another rumor which circulat-
ed Thursday was found to be
true. Eighteen to twenty of
Coach Bo Schembechler's foot-
ball players, mostly freshmen,
See CRISP, Page 10
Threat of Portuguese civil war
forces Goncalves resignation
By AP) and UPI
LISBON, Portugal - Pro-Communist Gen. Vasco Goncalves
stepped down from power in Portugal yesterday in the face of a
threat of civil war by moderate army and air force leaders.
A communique at the end of a showdown meeting of the pow-
erful armed forces assembly said the former prime minister has
decided against accepting the post of armed forces chief to which
he was named by Portuguese President Francisco da Costa Gomes.
GONCALVES' ouster coincided with a major defeat for the pro-
Communists in the ruling military regime. It came at the end of
a meeting boycotted by army and air force moderates who had
been demanding his dismissal.
One leading moderate, Capt. Vasco Lourenzo, warned that
Portugal was heading toward civil war if the pro-Communists in-
sisted on keeping Goncalves as armed forces chief.
y" ''The pro-Communists' main setback came in the formation of
a new 21-man revnitinnary cnncil that ave the militarv moder-