People, may 4, 1959

The Vatican confirmed that mellowing (57) Cinemactor Gary (Return to Paradise) Cooper, previously an Episcopalian, became a Roman Catholic early in April. Glowed his Roman Catholic wife Veronica, married to Coop for 26 years: "He's very happy about it."

Flying as a passenger in a T-33 jet over Colorado, Air Force Colonel John Paul Stapp, rocket-sledding holder of the world land speed record (632 m.p.h.), found himself in a jam when the plane's engine flamed out. No slouch in an emergency, Stapp ejected himself at "somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 feet," back-somersaulted four times,...

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