The Nation: THE MAN WHO GRABBED THE GUN

"I guess I'm not really a very reliable guy," Oliver Wellington Sipple remarked last week. It seemed an odd comment, for it was Sipple who grabbed the arm of Sara Jane Moore as she took a shot at President Ford, perhaps helping to save the President's life. But then Sipple hardly conforms to any stereotype of the all-American hero.

One of eight children, Sipple grew up in Detroit, where his father George, a retired pipefitter, and his mother Ethel still live. It was never a close family. After attending high school, Sipple ran off, working for a while as a television technician...

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