In 1967 I was met at the L.A. Airport by a black limosine. I had no idea what was going on! Several men said Howard wanted to see me and asked me to go with them to his home in Beverly Hills.
[Howard Hughes' home in Beverly Hills.]
Howard was my God Father. He had visited my family several times while I was growing up. I lived with him in Houston for 3 weeks before going into the Air Force in 1965. This was my first visit to his Beverly Hills home. It was quite beautiful with a nice pool in the back.
I was met at the front door by Yvonne De Carlo! Yvonne and Howard were friends and she was staying with him in Beverly Hills. She was a bright and charming women! She showed me around and finally took me to Howard's door and said he would be out in a moment.
[Yvonne De Carlo]
[Yvonne De Carlo]
I was on my way to Vietnam and Howard wanted to see me before I left the States. I waited, and waited, in a beautiful hallway--that didn't have any chairs! Finally, Howard opened the door and we spoke for a while. He wished me his best. Yvonne came out of her room and wished me her best as well.
I couldn't understand this big send off going to Vietnam. I never worried about bullets and bombs! The USAF was doing it's thing in Vietnam and I wanted to be part of it!
Howard couldn't understand why I selected Vietnam when I had my choice of bases because I had been isolated remote in Alaska for a year. I told him I wanted to see what was going on and it sounded exciting. Both Howard and Yvonne looked at the ceiling for a second like they couldn't understand!
Today, both Howard and Yvonne have passed but I want to say, here in public, that I loved both of them. Both were brilliant and loving people.
This is how Howard looked at me when I sat at the head of the table in Houston in 1965! He said I should sit at his right side instead!
Jon Harold LaVine