Flying over Kansas, a Navy pilot gazed down at the checkerboard of wheatland below, suddenly spotted four huge letters plowed across one field near Marienthal (1950 pop. 250). The alarming message: HELP. The pilot quickly passed the word on the radio that someone was in trouble down there. Police found the distressed party. Farmer Joe Wing, who had just finished plowing under part of his wheat crop to meet U.S. acreage restrictions. "I was just hoping," he explained, "that Ezra Benson might see it if he happened to be flying over."


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