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    Howard Hughes Autograph Letter Signed "Howard." One page, 8.5" x 13.25", on yellow, lined paper, n. p., n. d. He writes, in full: "Bob - In line with my previous message relative Parvin Dohrman and their violation of Gaming Commission regulations, what were we able to do, and what do you think might possibly be done?"

    Written to Bob Maheu was chief executive for Howard Hughes' Nevada operations, though they never met face to face; they communicated by using these lined yellow legal-pad pages and the telephone. Because of Hughes' eccentric and reclusive nature, he surrounded himself with trustworthy aides who were able to carry out his directions concerning his numerous business ventures. Maheu, a former World War II FBI counter-espionage agent, was one of his closest aides during the late 1960s. After the war, Maheu, who had developed a talent for persuasion and diplomacy, started his own consultancy and worked as an operative for several clients around the world, including Howard Hughes. In 1961, Hughes convinced Maheu to work exclusively for him as one of his main aides and dealmakers with a salary of $520,000 and an unlimited expense account. Maheu once explained about their relationship, "He decided that he wanted me to become his alter ego so he would never have to make a public appearance." Over time, Hughes relied on Maheu more and more, often assigning the former FBI agent unusual projects. Maheu was a trusted friend, but their relationship was becoming strained and completely ruptured in 1971 when Hughes fired Maheu following a complicated power struggle between Maheu and other Hughes' aides.


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    April, 2012
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