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The Chronicle-Telegram

Elyria, Ohio

"Tuesday, March 31,1981

28 pages

20 cents

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'Amazing' Reagan sits up, jokes;
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press aide Brady is going to live
By AKNOLD SAWISLAK
UPI Senior Editor

WASHINGTON - President Reagan, making an "excellent" recovery
from a gunshot wound in the chest,
sat up in bed today, joked with his
doctors and nurses, brushed his teeth
and resumed his duties as America's
chief executive.
"I am sure he can attend to the

important matters of government
today," Dr. Dennis O'Leary said,
reporting that Reagan signed the
Dairy Price Support bill when it was
brought into his hospital room on his
breakfast tray.
THE DOCTOR from George
Washington University Medical Center said Reagan was in "exceptionally good condition" despite a restless
night during which he was awake
most of the time, joking with doctor
and nurses. "If I'd gotten this much
attention in Hollywood, I would have
stayed," he was quoted as telling
them.

Reagan's press secretary James
Brady, believed to have been shot in
the head by the same gunman who
wounded the president outside a
Washington hotel Monday, was
reported "much improved," but
O'Leary would not speculate on
possible brain damage.
"We believe he is going to live,"
said O'Leary who earlier said the 40year-old aide was fighting for his life
JOHN WARNOCK HINCKLEY JR. after undergoing five hours of sur...charged as would-be assassin gery to remove the fragmented
(UPI) small caliber bullet from his brain.

Even Nazis
couldn't
stand him
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The
stocky, blond college dropout and
drifter charged with trying to kill
President Reagan is from a wealthy,
Republican conservative family and
has a history of psychiatric care.
John W. "Jack" Hinckley Jr., 25,
the son of an Evergreen, Colo.,
oilman, has spent most of his life in
Texas and was described by
acquaintances there as a quiet,
friendly young man who became a
loner in college.
Authorities disclosed Hinckley,
who has been wandering around the
country for the past several months,
was arrested last fall for trying to
board an airliner with three handguns in Nashville, Term., when
President Carter was in town.
AND THE leader of a neo-Nazi
group in Chicago described Hinckley
as an ex-member who was expelled
because "he wanted to shoot people
and blow things up."
Charged with attempting to assassinate a president and assaulting a
federal agent with a pistol, Hinckley
today was in FBI custody at a "safe
place" where he will undergo psychiTURNTOPAGEA-4

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DOCTORS DESCRIBED the president as a 70-year-old man with a
young, healthy body that responded
"amazingly" to the trauma of a
gunshot wound and the subsequent
operation to remove the bullet from
his left lung.
"The president had an excellent
night," said O'Leary who added
Reagan had a restless night during
which he slept little in the hospital's
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REAGAN

agitated young gunman who mingled
with photographers and reporters in
a dreary rain outside the Washington
Hilton hotel where the president had
just completed a speech.
John W. "Jack" Hinckley Jr., 25,
of Evergreen, Colo, the son of an
upper middle class "Reagan conservative," was arraigned at midnight on
charges of attempted assassination
of the president, and was held
without bail today. Hinckley was
identified as a former member of a
neo-Nazi organization who had
undergone psychiatric treatment He
was arrested on a weapons last
October in Nashville where President Carter was attending a campaign rally.
As the crowd ducked and
screamed, witnesses said Hinckley
fired six rapid shots from a .22
caliber "Saturday night special,"
hitting Reagan in the chest, Brady in
the head, a Secret Service office in
the back and a Washington policeman in the neck. The two officers
were in serious condition.

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Becoming clouding tonight, with a
chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low in the low 50s. A
chance of showers Wednesday morning, with partial clearing during the
afternoon and highs in the low or mid
60s.
The probability of precipitation is
50 percent tonight and Wednesday.
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WfflTE HOUSE Press Secretary James Brady lies gravely wounded on
a Washington sidewalk after he, President Reagan and two officers were
gunned down. The revolver by Brady's head is thought to be the weapon

used by the assailant and kicked over toward Brady as the suspect was
wrestled to the ground. (UPI)

2 area carpenters grabbed gunman
By JOE KLINEC
C-T Staff Writer

A C-T exclusive

The strange twists of fate. The
little things, seemingly unimportant,
that can change one's life, maybe
even history.
It was a twist of fate that placed
two carpenters from Cleveland in the
middle of history Monday afternoon
on the sidewalk outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Al Antenucci, president and business agent for Carpenters Local
1750, and Frank McNamara,
president of the Ohio Building and
Construction Trades Council and
business agent for Millwright Local
1871, were supposed to be on the
Congressioual Golf Course Monday
afternoon while President Ronald
Reagan addressed the AFL-CIO
Building and Construction Trades
Conference.

BUT A HEAVY rain cut short the
golf plans and the two decided to try
to catch the president's speech.
When they reached the Hilton,
they were told the convention hall
was full and no one else would be
admitted. They decided to wait
outside to see the president as he left.
They waited with a group of cameramen and bystanders. They waited
within arm's reach of a young, blondhaired man in a beige coat. The man
was John W. Hinckley.
As President Reagan emerged
from the doorway and headed to his
limousine, Hinckley stood near the
hotel wall
"The guy never moved, never
twisted his face. He just kept his
hands in his pockets," said Antenucci,

the back of the neck to knock him
down."

McNAMARA

ANTENUCCI

in an exclusive telephone interview
this aiorning. "Everybody was hollering 'Mr. President.' He turned to
wave. The guy had his hands in his
pockets. He lifted his hands and
started firing.
"I was standing right behind him,"
he continued. "I tried to belt him in

ANTENUCCI, 67, a resident of
Garfield Heights, was taken to
George Washington Hospital because
of high blood pressure due to the
emotional stress. He spent the night
in intensive care and under guard by
tueFBI.
He said Hinckley had fired twice
before he was able to react and that
he continued firing as he went down
from the blow.
"He was on the ground, between
my legs," Antenucci said, adding that
he became entangled in the crush of
police and Secret Service trying to
get to the gunman. "One of the Secret
Service men told me to get out. I had
my leg twisted in there and couldn't.
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More on the shooting
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What Reagan's surgery involved.
Bosh takes over in crisis command.

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Brady doing remarkably well.
Profile of D.C policeman Delahan-

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HiBckley brother was to dtoe with
Bash's SOD tonight

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World reaction ranges from
sadness to indignation.
WoudedJeroic Secret Service
Agent shields president
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Will shooting bring gm control
legislation?
Pease, MotU shocked, outraged.
Lenta ma* nearby as shots rang
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Leaders arond the state
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