|La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico|
|Tim Klein on the Shooting Star,|
Earlier, she had written:
A little background on Tim: he joined the Marines right out of high school, went to Viet Nam, got injured, was sent back into the field and injured again. This time he was released from the military and, at the age of 19, he was Ogden, Utah's youngest veteran.
|Executive Assistant to|
Supervisor Ralph B. Clark
Air Force vet Tommy Klein, Tim’s brother, was the 27-year-old “executive assistant” to Ralph B. Clark, the OC Supervisor (4th District). Clark was a “conservative Democrat,” and he eventually served many terms as Supervisor, starting in 1970.
“Executive assistant” was also the title of 25-year-old Tom Fuentes, though Tom worked for Supervisor Ronald Caspers, a Republican.
Ex-Marine John Klein was two-year-old Sherry’s dad. He was 26.
I spoke with my uncle … today and he informed me that Tim was a mechanic and that he and my dad [John] had been living on the boat for approximately three months as caretakers before the ship took off.
...He thought that they were harbored in La Paz....
I did ask him who would have been on that [June 9] flight [from LAX to La Paz, in Baja] and he said it probably would have been everyone but my dad (John) and Tim. He did say that they had found Tommy's car at the airport [LAX, I guess] and it had been broken into. He couldn't recall the whole story.
|Caspers, et al., fly down on June 9,|
disappear June 14
The sudden loss of the three brothers must have been devastating to the Klein family in Utah, and I'm told that some of the family still has difficulty speaking about the tragedy. The Caspers family, too, must have been devastated. On the June trip, Caspers had brought along his sons, Kirk, 20, and Erik, 18. All were lost in June (luckily, a third son, Greg, 16, was away on a backpacking trip).
To be continued.... SEE Part 4
SEE ALSO What sank the "Shooting Star"?
Teaser: guess who, at one point, called off the search for the Shooting Star and crew?