ECCENTRICS: The Great Hughes Airlift

The Great Hughes Airlift

For several weeks, Howard Hughes himself had been curiously receding from the affair, while the Clifford Irvings & Co. dominated the scene. Last week the billionaire re-entered the bizarre drama. In an operation only slightly less complicated than the Berlin airlift, he moved his entire headquarters from Paradise Island in the Bahamas to Managua, Nicaragua.

It was widely reported that Hughes left Nassau because the Bahamian government suddenly found that several of his aides—the "Mormon Mafia" —did not have the work permits required of foreigners. Actually, the...

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