Robert Weller
Updated May 27, 2014, 7:55 AM
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EARLY YEARS (1970-75)


   Weller was day editor frequently at AP Headquarters in New York during the last 18 months American forces were in Vietnam, and was chief editor the day Saigon fell.


        DR. SPOCK

    BOULDER (Colorado Daily) _ Even though Dr. Benjamin Spock is spending most of his time fighting the Vietnam War, he assured an interviewer he can still spot a baby at 60 paces.




    NEW YORK _ "Look, he's moving. I saw his eyes roll," shouted a kid perched atop his dad's head just high enough to see King Kong lying at the foot of the 110-story World Trade Center.
    "Naw, he's dead," shouted another youngster, who really couldn't see any better.
   They were among about 20,000 persons _ including hundreds of children _ who stood behind barricades Tuesday night for a nonpaying part as members of the crowd in the remake of the film "King Kong."
   Army Reservist Bill Dietz, who is being paid $47.50 daily for being an extra and helping shoo kids off the props, said, "The whole thing is so real that if a drunk walked in here he would believe that gorilla is the real thing."



Montana Indian Chief's Music Seduces English Lash Across the Pond

   ARLEE, Mont. (UPI) _ Can a 74-year-old Flathead Indian Chief and a 23-year-old English lass find happiness on the shores of Flathead Lake? Only time will tell but already Louie Nine Pipe's friends are asking what he has that they don't.
  Nine Pipes seduced Vivian, from Bistol, with an album of Flathead songs he recorded.



   MISSOULA, Mont. (UPI) _ The death of Robert Longabaugh in a hotel fire, which took all his papers with him, may mean there will never be an answer to whether the man he claimed was his father, the Sundance Kid, really died with partner Butch Cassidy in a shootout with local authorities in Bolivia in 1908. Longabaugh said his father returned to the United States and died in 1957.


   WEST GLACIER, Mont.(UPI)  _ They are gathering now (late October), one-tenth of the world's bald eagle population, to dine on the freshwater Kokanee salmon heading upstream to spawn and die.

   There is nothing like it south of Alaska, with more than 400 eagles observed, eagle researcher Dave Shea said

   Named the national bird in 1782, but unprotected by law until 1940, the bald eagle has found a haven in Glacier National  Park and its numbers have grown enough that it was upgraded from endangered to threatened in 1995.

   Eagles began coming in large numbers after salmon were planted in the Flathead River drainage in 1916. Adult eagles had success rates any pilot would be proud of; they nailed their prey in 84 percent of their high altitude dives. Their table manners left a little to be desired as they consumed a fish in three to six minutes.  They roost in nearby black cottonwood trees.

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   YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (UPI) _ Phillip Bradberry, who may be charged with violating park rules, Monday described how a grizzly bear chased him and attacked and killed his companion during the weekend near the Old Faithful geyser.
   Harry Walker, 25, of Anniston, Ala., was killed Sunday by the bear when he and Bradberry, of Oxford, Ala., returned to their campsite and surprised the bear eating their food.
   "Harry, my friend, heard it first, and when he shined his flashlight on it, it was right on top of us," said Bradberry. "I dived and rolled," said Bradberry, describing how he escaped. He screamed to his friend and was met with pleas for help.
   The men had been camping in a prohibited site and hadn't stored their food safely.