October 8, 1996
Alvin P. Adams, 90, an aviation pioneer who as president helped develop Western Airlines. A native of Grand Junction, Colo., Adams was educated at Yale and became the first aviation editor of the Wall Street Journal. At 29, he became president of a failing Western Air Express, which he turned into a successful Western Airlines. During his tenure from 1934 to 1941, Adams expanded the carrier, initiated stewardess service, put pilots in uniform and introduced the Douglas DC-3 aircraft.
March 17, 1993 |
President Clinton has nominated Alvin Adams to be ambassador to Peru. Adams was ambassador to Haiti at the time of a military coup there in 1991.
February 7, 1991 |
Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, was sworn into office this morning, five years to the day after the fall of the Duvalier family dictatorship. The 37-year-old leftist priest and champion of the poor pledged to uphold the 1987 constitution in a solemn ceremony that occurred without incident in the Chamber of Deputies of the Legislative Palace. Dignitaries from 22 nations, including former President Jimmy Carter and U.S.
November 9, 1991 |
The provisional government issued an arrest order for ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, state radio reported Friday, ahead of talks with foreign governments that want him reinstated. It also ordered the arrest of four other men, including Aristide's prime minister. State television said the men are wanted in an investigation of the death of a prominent Aristide critic and the arrest and alleged torture of a navy officer's wife.
January 7, 1991 |
Roger Lafontant, feared leader of a faction loyal to exiled dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, claimed early today to have seized power in Haiti after a two-hour gun battle near the presidential palace. "I have assumed the presidency of the republic," Lafontant said in a one-sentence statement today on the state-run Radio Nacional. Provisional President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, in a brief statement from the palace broadcast on the radio, said she was stepping down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991 |
Each day when I arrive at work, the neighborhood rooster calls out its greeting in response to the sound of the car door closing. I am reminded daily by that greeting of the days that I spent in Haiti in April. My memories are of the stench of poverty and corruption. My memories also include the signs of hope I met in Haiti. One of those signs of hope is Jean-Bertrand Aristide.