Hughes, Howard

HUGHES, Howard, American industrialist (b 1905, Houston, TX; d 1976 in flight from Mexico to Houston). After making a fortune from the Hughes Tool Co, founded by his father, he formed Hughes Aircraft and eventually took over Trans World Airways. He was also a major Hollywood film producer during the 1930s. Hughes was a noted eccentric; for the last 25 years of his life he lived in seclusion, hardly ever seen in public, so he set VANCOUVER abuzz in Mar 1972 when he arrived in the city and holed...

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