Gene Wiggins’ inspiration is turning heads in downtown Lee’s Summit. In an effort to attract new business, Wiggins, the owner of Gene’s Barber Shop at Third and Market Streets, bought a female mannequin. He dressed her in a black bikini and put the mannequin by the front door. Wiggins claims he has six new customers since the mannequin made her first appearance. Wiggins said, "I don’t know any red blooded American male who wouldn’t look at a blonde in a bikini. Not everyone in Lee’s Summit shares the views of Wiggins. Sergeant Howard Skelton of the Lee’s Summit Police Department contacted Wiggins after the department received several complaints about the mannequin. Sgt. Shelton said he was unaware of any city ordinance against such a promotion.
The last 20 jet fighters flew from Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base for the last time. They took off for their new home at Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, ending forever the military presence at Richards-Gebaur. The base closing is not official until July 1, but the planes will not return. About 550 jobs left with the planes. The history of Richards-Gebaur began in 1941, when some farms were bought for an airport.
Ivan and Margery Slaughter of Greenwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. They were married in June 1944. Ivan taught at Lee’s Summit High School for 30 years.
– Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.