DEAR READERS: John Zuckerman of Stockton, Calif., asked if anyone else was still around who saw Charles Lindbergh land in Paris in 1927, so I asked my readers. Did I get letters! A sample:
DEAR ABBY: I was 61/2 years old when my father took me to Le Bourget airfield to see Lindbergh land. He had to be protected by the gendarmes from the crowd who wanted to touch him. It was a very emotional experience for the French people because two weeks earlier, two Frenchmen, Nungesser and Coli, had attempted to fly from Paris to New York and were lost at sea. - FRANCOIS J. WALTZ, JACKSONVILLE, FLA.DEAR ABBY: I was in Paris when Lindbergh landed. My uncle, Albert Champion, owned Champion Spark Plug Co. in Flint, Mich., and Paris, so we lived in both places. I remember the excitement when Lindy landed. The restaurants and nightclubs stayed open all night, and people were dancing in the streets! I doubt if the French people ever loved an American so much before - or since. - EVELYN DURHAM, PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF.
DEAR ABBY: I was a student at the Sorbonne when the radio announced that Lindbergh had been sighted over Ireland and would be landing in Paris in a few hours, so a classmate and I took a bus to the airport. We were among the thousands of spectators restrained behind a wire fence. When Lindbergh landed, the crowd pushed the fence over and ran out on the field. The police had to rescue him from his enthusiastic admirers. I am 85 and an American citizen now. - (MR.) JEAN A. BODIN, HOUSTON
DEAR ABBY: I was a 30-year-old Parisian in 1927 and had not yet been to America. I was at the theater when an announcement was made at intermission that Lindy had landed safely in Paris. Everyone cheered and left the theater to join a wild celebration in the streets, dancing and hugging strangers! The next day, Lindy was honored with a huge parade down the Champs-Elysees. It was one of the highlights of my life. I am 93, and am now an American citizen living in a nursing home in New Jersey. - FLORA J. MAHONEY
DEAR ABBY: We arrived in Paris from Switzerland by train, got a cab and asked the driver to take us to our hotel, but we were soon in the middle of a big traffic jam with everyone yelling, "We're going to the airport - Lindbergh has landed!" We instructed our driver to head for the airport where we joined the crowd. I was 17 at the time and will never forget it. - MRS. W. CALVIN WELLS JR., JACKSON, MISS.
DEAR ABBY: I recall hearing the newsman yelling, "Edition Speciale!" ("Special Edition!") on the streets of Paris. Lindbergh had successfully crossed the Atlantic in a solo flight. The press reported that he had to borrow a tuxedo, formal shirt and shoes to be honored the following evening by the French government in the company of your American Ambassador Merrick. - JEANNETTE FACER, PALM SPRINGS, CALIF.
DEAR ABBY: I cannot pass up this opportunity to brag that I was 18, living two miles from Le Bourget airport, and I not only saw Lindbergh land, I touched his plane! - ANDRE GROSS, SANTA MONICA, CALIF.
DEAR ABBY: I was a crew member of the USS Mayflower, the presidential yacht that brought Lindbergh from New York to Washington, D.C. (Calvin Coolidge was president.) I am 86 and will never forget the thrill. - TIPTON EILAND, BIRMINGHAM, ALA. By popular request, Abby shares more of her favorite prize-winning, easy-to-prepare recipes. To order, send a long, business-size, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 ($4.50 in Canada) to: More Favorite Recipes by Dear Abby, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, Ill. 61054. (Postage is included.)