ARMED FORCES: Certain Discrepancies

Air Force Lieut. David Sleeves got considerable mileage out of his dramatic story of a bail-out from his T-33 jet over California's Sierra Nevada range and the ensuing 54 days during which he claims to have trekked (on sprained ankles) precariously through the wilderness. Returning to civilization sporting a handsome beard (TIME. July 15). Steeves. 23, was taken in tow by Air Force pressagents, sat for newspaper interviews, repeatedly told his dramatic survival story on TV. and finally got a $10.000 offer for his story from the Saturday Evening Post. Last week the sonic boom cracked around Dave Steeves's...

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