1976: Shortly After His Death, Time Magazine Exposes The Weirdness of Howard Hughes.

Perched atop the service elevator in Acapulco's pyramidal Princess Hotel, Repairman Lidio Sandoval was performing a routine maintenance check one morning last week, when suddenly the car began to rise. To his surprise, it ascended all the way to the forbidden 20th-floor penthouse, which elevators could reach only if summoned by a special key. Peering unseen through an open panel in the ceiling, he watched in fascination as a drama unfolded in the car below. Anxious aides and a doctor wheeled in a stretcher bearing an old, apparently unconscious man covered only by a yellow sheet. A tube dangling from one of his arms connected him, presumably, to a dialysis machine.

When the elevator reached ground level, the attendants brusquely shooed away curious hotel workers and loaded the man into an ambulance that sped to the airport. There the patient was placed in a waiting Gates Learjet ambulance plane from Miami. Before landing in Acapulco earlier that day, it had fetched from the Bahamas a vacationing Utah physician, Wilbur Thain, who was one of the patient's three private doctors. Pilot Roger Sutton was alarmed by the ailing passenger's condition. "He looked very emaciated, a pasty color," he recalls. "When they put him on the plane, he moved his lips, but I could not hear anything."

As the Learjet streaked toward Houston, Sutton inquired about the patient's condition.

"He is very close to dying," replied the doctor.

After the plane touched down at Houston Intercontinental Airport, Thain told the pilot, "There is no hurry. He's gone."

At 70, the legendary, invisible, mysterious, outrageous Howard Robard Hughes was dead. No American had ever intrigued and confounded his fellow citizens as did the once handsome and dashing Hughes. Squeezing several implausible careers into one lifetime, he was the fabled billionaire who squired and sometimes seduced the world's most beautiful women, the provocative moviemaker, the daring pilot, the unchallenged and capricious captain of an industrial empire and a huge airline, the innovative weaponmaker on whom the nation's defense rested in part. Yet despite his wealth and onetime glamour, he had turned into a recluse whose obsession for privacy only intensified the curiosity about him. For the past ten years his isolation had been so complete that only his death gave proof he had still been alive.

SCRAMBLE FOR THE BILLIONS


He was the world's ultimate enigma—a man so secretive, so hidden from view that no outsider could say with certainty even whether he was alive, much less how he looked or behaved. He was one of the world's richest, most imperious, capricious, outrageous, eccentric and powerful men. From his hideaways atop a series of luxury hotels on three continents he spun a web that ensnared an entire state, reached into the highest levels of the U.S. Government and became entwined with the tentacles of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet for all his power, he lived a sunless, joyless, half-lunatic life in those same hideaways, a virtual prisoner walled in by his own crippling fears and weaknesses. Once a dashing, vibrant figure, he neglected his appearance and health during his last 15 years until he became a pathetic wraith.

Another major layer is being peeled away in this issue of TIME, in the excerpts from a forthcoming book that contains many startling, fresh glimpses into Hughes' life. Titled Howard Hughes: The Hidden Years, it will be published next month by Random House, and was written by James Phelan, 67, a crusty investigative reporter who has been covering the elusive billionaire for more than 20 years. Phelan managed to interview the only close associates from Hughes' latter years who so far have been willing to talk. Excerpts from their often chilling testimony follow.

The Secret Life of Howard Hughes

18 comments:

hlebar said...

good post, enjoyed the article

Patrick said...

It was good at least for half of it. When it began talking about inheritance is where I lost interest. I liked the lines that talked about how extraordinary he was, including the 72-hour sit on a toilet.

Anonymous said...

my brother is going to the everglade musume to see spruce goose! im going to yamhill musume in 4/15/09! im so exited

Anonymous said...

Yib shmab tidda blil flag!

Anonymous said...

as a young kid I got to see 7000 romaine while waiting in the car as a doctor and Bill Kennedy aka Mr. LA. visited.

Now here’s the funny thing early 80s I see him near Huntsville AL buying lawnmower engines as a very old man with bad hair plugs in tow was an extremely good looking well aged gal friend; she waited in a truck.

Unknown said...

the royal protocal is forever

[email protected] said...

the royal protocal is forever

Deborah Richards said...

This led to plenty of speculation against the Time magazine, and why wouldn't there be? The http://top-essay-writing.services/ mentioned how people really liked his personality. Damaging it wasn't a nice decision.

Publish your passions said...

You there, this is really good post here. Thanks for taking the time to post such valuable information. Quality content is what always gets the visitors coming. Free

Uzair Qureshi said...

Belonging to the start looking from your blogging, you have got possessed a relatively good go through through authoring. Jual laptop

fudgecmnsmattie said...

Actually I read it yesterday but I had some thoughts about it and today I wanted to read it again because it is very well written.
buy spotify plays

johnny said...

Once I thought about things like: why such information is for free here? Because when you write a book then at least on selling a book you get a percentage. Thank you and good luck on informing people more about it!
solar panels

David Warner said...

nice bLog! its interesting. thank you for sharing....
solar panels

Anonymous said...

Impressive web site, Distinguished feedback that I can tackle. Im moving forward and may apply to my current job as a pet sitter, which is very enjoyable, but I need to additional expand. Regards.
fraud detection service

ukahsah15 said...

Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting? I'm pleased I discovered it though, ill be checking back soon to find out what additional posts you include.
currency converter widget for website

ukahsah15 said...

I am very much pleased with the contents you have mentioned. I wanted to thank you for this great article.
Download Windows 10 Pro

ukahsah15 said...

I read your blog frequently and I just thought I’d say keep up the amazing work!
quick online loan

ukahsah15 said...

That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.
Today Match Prediction

Post a Comment