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October 31, 1986|Ursula Vils

Meanwhile, Donald has dealt with a predisposition to retinal detachment that required eight weeks of laser treatment and forced him to take a year out of school to pay the medical bills. In addition, he has contributed to his family, which includes eight brothers and sisters.

Two Trojan Roses

They're smelling roses again at USC--on campus, if not in what Trojans like to think of as their football team's second home, the Rose Bowl.

Newly planted on campus are two patented roses developed by an Oregon grower especially for USC, a yellow one named "Helen of Troy" and a red tea rose called "Trojan Victory."

Eventually both will become part of the university's growing list of Trojan-themed gifts sold through the university bookstore. Items range from the $15.95 favorite, a stuffed Traveler--USC's mascot horse--that plays the USC Fight Song, to the $2,500 "The Spirit of Troy," a new-this-year bronze statue of Tommy Trojan on a horse.

Landed Big One Years Ago

Seventy years ago Tuesday, Frank Weeks and Charline Brown took a taxi to Santa Monica and got married. Afterward, Frank, 21, went back to work and Charline, 18, went to a movie.

The next day he told her he had made plans to go fishing for a week with some buddies. He went and she continued working.

Somehow the marriage survived 70 years, three children and countless fishing trips. The Weekses, now living in a retirement hotel, will join their family Sunday to celebrate at the home of their grandson and his wife, Dr. Kenneth and Jeanne Conklin in West Los Angeles.

"I think it will be the first time since their 50th anniversary that all three of us kids will be together at the same time," daughter Pat Wilber of Sun City said. Her brother and his wife, Richard and Sharon Weeks, will come from Laramie, Wyo., and sister Betty Wester and her husband Nick from Novato.

Wilber said that the Weekses were just a typical American couple: "They had their little spats over nothing (she only quit nagging him about cleaning fish in the sink when he quit going fishing), they did their best for the kids, had neighborhood parties and made bathtub gin."

Weeks served in World War I in France, came home, worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for 48 years before retiring in 1961 and "moonlighted when things got tough."

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