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Melvin & Howard

Wednesday, we’re revisiting the story of Melvin Dummar, who died earlier this month. Dummar never backed down from his claims that he picked up Howard Hughes in the middle of the Nevada desert and was rewarded in the eccentric billionaire's will.

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Wednesday, we’re revisiting the story of Melvin Dummar, who died earlier this month. Dummar never backed down from his claims that one winter night in 1967 he found Howard Hughes lying in the middle of the Nevada desert, drove him to Las Vegas, and was rewarded years later by being included in the eccentric billionaire’s will. Our guest, former-FBI agent Gary Magnesen, spent years investigating Dummar’s story. He says it’s time to close the book on the tragic tale of Melvin and Howard.

Gary Magnesen is a former FBI agent and the author of two books about Melvin Dummar and Howard Hughes. His latest is Stolen Justice: The True Story Behind the Howard Hughes Will [Indie bookstores|Amazon]

Listen to the full episode of Love+Radio’s “Man in the Road” about Melvin Dummar, produced by Nick van der Kolk and RadioWest producer Benjamin Bombard.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.