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February 9, 1989
Nov. 8 -- George Bush is elected President. Within days, FBI begins background check of his leading candidate for defense secretary, John Tower. The probe focuses on allegations of excessive drinking, womanizing and ties to the defense industry. Dec. 16--Bush ends weeks of speculation by announcing Tower's nomination, saying the long investigation cleared Tower of any serious impropriety.
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NEWS
May 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Former Sen. John Tower (R-Tex.) is recovering today from surgery that removed a cancerous prostate gland, hospital officials said. Tower, 64, underwent the procedure Tuesday at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. His surgeon, Dr. Paul Peters, said Tower's recovery should be "unusually good." "I'll be out of here in a week and I'll be back to normal again real soon," Tower said from his hospital room.
NEWS
May 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
Investigators discovered a propeller defect on a commuter airplane that crashed April 5 in Georgia, killing former Sen. John Tower of Texas, a Federal Aviation Administration official said Saturday. The propeller malfunction prompted the FAA to order inspections on aircraft with similar propellers, agency spokesman Paul Steuke said. In addition, he said there had been three separate incidents in which commuter aircraft pilots cited propeller problems.
NEWS
March 2, 1989 | STEPHANIE MANSFIELD and PHIL McCOMBS, Washington Post Staff Writers
Most Cabinet designates bring one thing to their confirmation hearings: a good lawyer. John Tower, in the words of one friend, "brought a blonde." Dorothy Heyser, 63-year-old wealthy Dallas socialite, has been Tower's constant companion since their first date, Jan. 25, 1986. She has been married three times, is said to have been a Hollywood starlet who once dated Clark Gable and is credited with injecting new pizazz into Tower's personality, described by one friend as "stuffy."
NEWS
February 15, 1989 | Roger Simon
Right about now, John Tower must be wondering when they changed the rules. He must be wondering when drinking or chasing women disqualified a person for higher office. It never disqualified J.F.K. or F.D.R. or Ike. But that was then. And this is now. It is not the past that has caught up with John Tower. It is the present. Our present-day attitude toward morality and government.
NEWS
March 13, 1989
Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole judged the political impact of the John Tower affair to be "sort of a wash," but the Kansas Republican warned Democrats that their decision to deal President Bush a historic defeat will not be forgotten soon. "George Bush, in my view, has got a pretty good memory," Dole said three days after Tower's rejection for the post of defense secretary. "He's not going to do anything bad, but he remembers who helps and who hurts in the process."
NEWS
February 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Republicans rallied today to defend Defense Secretary-designate John Tower, whose confirmation vote has been delayed while the FBI investigates allegations about his drinking and his financial ties with military contractors. "For those who have known him for a very long time, it's very significant that they have never seen him incapacitated, never seen him drunk," Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.
NEWS
February 13, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu, noting that President Bush continues to support Defense Secretary-designate John Tower and expects his confirmation, said Sunday that every check of allegations about the nominee "has produced a dry hole." The Senate Armed Services Committee is retracing investigations into allegations against Tower that were undertaken by Bush aides before his nomination went to the Senate. Sununu said: "We chased down through the FBI all those allegations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1989
The nomination of John Tower has gone too far. With wild accusations, Tower's detractors have tried to portray him as a man unfit for the job of secretary of defense. In fact, there is nobody better qualified than Tower for this position. Tower's history of alcoholism has been brought up numerous times as a reason for denying his nomination, despite the fact that there is no evidence to support the accusation that he is an alcoholic now. In case you haven't heard, alcoholism is curable.
NEWS
April 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Crews worked Sunday to remove from a forest the charred wreckage of the commuter plane that crashed last week and killed former Sen. John Tower of Texas and 22 other people. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have focused on the plane's engines, primarily because of witness reports that the Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane made unusual noises before it went down Friday. Crews began removing the plane parts investigators wish to see, said NTSB spokesman Michael Benson.
NEWS
April 7, 1991 | OSWALD JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elaine Gwin waited solemnly Saturday morning in the thick, piney woods of southeast Georgia, trying to learn more about the commuter plane crash that killed her husband, Thomas, along with former U.S. Sen. John Tower and 21 others. Although authorities did not release the passengers' names until Saturday afternoon, Gwin was certain her husband, a marketing vice president for a local industrial supply company, had been on the plane returning from a business trip to Houston.
NEWS
April 6, 1991 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During a political career that spanned three decades, former Sen. John Tower, who died Friday in a plane crash at the age of 65, was a recognized leader on defense policy. Yet he surely will be remembered as a tragic figure--the man whose alleged preference for wine and women prevented him from becoming defense secretary.
NEWS
April 6, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC and OSWALD JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A twin-engine commuter plane with at least 23 people aboard--among them former Sen. John Tower of Texas, his daughter, Marian, and astronaut Manley S. (Sonny) Carter Jr.--crashed and burned when attempting to land Friday afternoon. There were no survivors. Officials said that, in addition to the 20 passengers and three crew members aboard the plane, three airline personnel may have hitched a ride but were not included on the flight manifest.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | MARJORIE WILLIAMS, THE WASHINGTON POST
John Tower takes two glasses of Chianti with dinner, if anyone still cares. He tips the second glass to finish the final sip as he is rising from his chair at the meal's end. "I said I'd give it up," he said earlier, before dinner. "And I would have. I've got that much discipline." He never had to swear off all alcohol, as he offered to do in a last-ditch effort to save his nomination to be secretary of defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
As the North trial progresses, it becomes more and more obvious why John Tower was nominated for secretary of defense, and why his defeat was so strongly partisan. Meese testified that he had warned Reagan that impeachment was a possibility if the whole Iran-Contra story came out. Thus, the creation of the Tower Commission, appointed by Reagan and headed by John Tower. The commission's report cleared Reagan of any responsibility. The report also confirmed George Bush's contention that he knew little or nothing about what was going on at the time and was, therefore, the logical choice to succeed Reagan.
NEWS
April 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Crews worked Sunday to remove from a forest the charred wreckage of the commuter plane that crashed last week and killed former Sen. John Tower of Texas and 22 other people. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have focused on the plane's engines, primarily because of witness reports that the Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane made unusual noises before it went down Friday. Crews began removing the plane parts investigators wish to see, said NTSB spokesman Michael Benson.
NEWS
May 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Former Sen. John Tower (R-Tex.) is recovering today from surgery that removed a cancerous prostate gland, hospital officials said. Tower, 64, underwent the procedure Tuesday at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. His surgeon, Dr. Paul Peters, said Tower's recovery should be "unusually good." "I'll be out of here in a week and I'll be back to normal again real soon," Tower said from his hospital room.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1990 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harold C. Simmons named a 15-member rival slate for the Lockheed Corp. board of directors Friday, including a number of former defense officials apparently selected to disarm any potential criticism that Simmons' proxy battle for Lockheed would damage U.S. national security. The nominees include former Texas Sen. John G. Tower, who once was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; former Air Force Secretary Hans M. Mark; retired Adm.
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