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Milestones, Jan. 2, 1950

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Born. To Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, 37, socialite horseman, heir to paternal (railroad) and maternal (Bromo-Seltzer) millions, and second wife Jeanne Murray Vanderbilt, 31: their second child, first son. Name: Alfred Gwynne Jr. Weight: 8 Ibs. 12 oz.

Married. Henry J. Kaiser Jr., 32, assistant to his famed industrialist father; and onetime airlines hostess Barbara Preininger, 26; he for the second time, she for the first; in Inglewood, Calif.

Married. Cinemactor Gary (I Was a Male War Bride) Grant, 45, and Cinemactress Betsy (Every Girl Should Be Married) Drake, 26, who became his screen protégée two years ago; he for the third time (No. 2: five & dime Heiress Barbara Hutton), she for the first time; after an elopement from Hollywood in a plane piloted by Best Man Howard Hughes; near Phoenix, Ariz.

Married. (William) Clark Gable, 48, grand old man of cinema’s romantic young men (The Hucksters, Command Decision); and British-born Lady Stanley of Alderly, 39, blonde onetime chorus girl and footman’s daughter who twice married British titles and was widowed by Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; both for the fourth time; after eloping to a dude ranch near Solvang, Calif, (see PEOPLE).

Married. William O’Dwyer, 59, New York City’s mayor (since 1946); and Elizabeth (“Bette”) Sloan Simpson, 33; both for the second time; in Stuart, Fla. (see PEOPLE).

Married. William L. (“Big Bill”) Hutcheson, 75, beefy boss of the powerful (737,514 members) carpenters and joiners union, A.F.L. bigwig (first vice president), twice chairman of the Republican National Committee’s labor division; and Madeline Wilson, 57, superintendent of his union’s hospital; both for the second time; in Lakeland, Fla.

Died. Howard Colwell Hopson, 67, nimble promoter who pyramided ‘the Associated Gas & Electric System into a billion-dollar holding-company empire that collapsed in the ’30’s; of a cerebral hemorrhage; in Greenwich, Conn. Charged with using the mails to defraud, Hopson could account for such expenditures as a 10¢ bone for an unidentified dog, but not for $20 million swindled from stockholders. Jailed on a five-year sentence in 1941, he was released in 1944 to live out his life in a mental sanitarium.

Died. Jacques Stern, 67, French banker and onetime Radical-Socialist cabinet minister (Merchant Marine, Colonies) and under secretary (Navy); in a plunge from his ninth-floor Park Avenue duplex in Manhattan.

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