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Hughes Death / Biography #43125

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 06, 1976
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(Studio) Howard Hughes, 70, died Monday of chronic kidney disease.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Houston, Texas) Hughes' doctors had arranged for him to be treated under false name at Methodist Hospital. [Cnty. ned. examiner Dr. Joseph JACHIMCZYK - explains how identification of Hughes made. Will be certain it is Hughes after autopsy.] Treasury Secretary William Simon asks Jachimczyk to make fingerprint check. Body turned over to funeral hone attendants. [Hospital SPOKESPERSON - Dr. Henry MCINTOSH - says Hughes' kidney's were only organs to play out.]
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

(Houston, Texas) Hughes born here December 24, 1905. Photos of childhood shown. His father invented device to drill oil wells through rock. At 19, Hughes inherited family business worth $500,000. He married socialite Ella Rice, but they were divorced in 1929.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Hollywood, California) For years, Hughes fascinated with Hollywood scene. He dated stars and bought RKO Studios. Highlights of his movie career noted. He became pilot during this time; set cross-country speed record in 1935. [HUGHES - not sure if he'll break any more records.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(New York) Parade held for Hughes in 1938, after he set round-the-world speed record. Hughes test-flew planes himself. He crashed in XF-11 in 1946. His last aviation venture failed. Hughes defended loss of $18 million of government money. 1947 film shown. [HUGHES - tells Senator he lost $7.2 million so far. Had said would leave country if venture was flop.] Hughes made "Spruce Goose" fly for 1 mile Hughes 2nd marriage to Jean Peters ended in divorce in 1970, as he became more of a recluse. In 1971, author Clifford Irving announced his authorized autobiography of Hughes. Hughes disclaimed book from Bahamas. CIA used his ship, Glomar Explorer, in attempt to dredge Soviet submarine off floor of Pacific.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Los Angeles, California) [Syndicated columnist James BACON - says Hughes told him he wasn't happy.] Last known photograph of Hughes shown.

Gregory, Bettina;
Murphy, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry

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