Hughesworld: The Strange Life and Death of an American Legend

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iUniverse, 2013 M01 17 - 458 pages
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Hughesworld is an authentic account written by a press spokesman for Howard Hughes that traces the highlights of his varied life in motion pictures and aviation but concentrates on the management struggle that followed his death in 1976.

Hughes died intestate, or without a valid will, opening up a circus of phony will documents. In addition hundreds of far-distant relatives staked claims. A first cousin, Texas lawyer William Lummis, assumed control after a long and bitter struggle with executives and lawyers who had previously managed Hughes businesses.

Hughes is shown as a brilliant aviation pioneer and aircraft designer, as well as a motion picture producer and an able if unorthodox industrialist. At one time he owed a major airline, TWA, a leading oil well drilling bit company, Hughes Tool, and a missile and electonics concern, Hughes Aircraft. In the final phase of his business life, he owned six Las Vegas hotel-casinos.

He ended as a tragic character, living secluded in pain from injuries sustained in plane crashes, rendered helpless by drugs.


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Arelo C. Sederberg was a public relations counselor for Howard Hughes and his business interests for eight years. He was sole press spokesman for the reclusive industrialist at the time of his death in April of 1976. Sederberg, a former newspaper editor and reporter (Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner), also was the managing editor and a commentator for the Financial News Network (now C-NBC). He is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles and has written eighteen books, all of them currently available on IUniverse.

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