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Melvin Earl Dummar (born August 28, 1944) was a Willard, Utah service station owner who claimed that one evening in December 1967 he had picked up Howard Hughes along a desolate road in the Nevada desert. Dummar reportedly found a solitary and lost Hughes lying on the side of a stretch of U.S. Highway 95 about 150 miles (240 km) north of Las Vegas, Nevada, near Lida Junction. Hughes asked Dummar to take him to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. It was at that time Hughes had revealed his true identity to Dummar. August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Willard is a city located in Box Elder County, Utah. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses around the city, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


After Hughes's death in April 1976, a handwritten will was discovered in the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah that left "Melvin DuMar" one-sixteenth of Hughes's estate, worth over $2 billion. Dummar (whose inheritance would have been $156 million) had claimed a well-dressed man had dropped off the will, sealed in an envelope, on the desk of his service station with written instructions for him to deliver it to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which had also been left 1/16th of the estate. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... Salt Lake City redirects here. ...


The document, which became known as the "Mormon Will", had been ruled a forgery by a Nevada jury in June 1978 and Dummar received nothing. A 1980 feature film directed by Jonathan Demme and titled Melvin and Howard starring actors Paul Le Mat as Dummar and Jason Robards, Jr. as Hughes, further examines this story. Forgery is the process of making or adapting objects or documents (see false document), with the intention to deceive. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, New York) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Melvin and Howard was a 1980 movie directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Bo Goldman, based upon the claims of Utah service station owner Melvin Dummar concerning a purported will written by Howard Hughes, leaving Dummar 1/16th of his $2 billion estate, which would have amounted to $156... Paul Le Mat (born September 22, 1946) is an actor who first came to prominence in the 1973 film American Graffiti . ... Robards in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Jason Robards, Jr. ...


In early 2005, retired FBI agent Gary Magnesen claimed to have found new evidence that Dummar's story was true. Magnesen stated that Hughes's closest employees remembered him entering the Sands early one morning in December 1967 and stating that he had been picked up by Dummar in the desert. Furthermore, Hughes had purchased interests in mines located near the area where Dummar said he found him. (Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune) 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


On June 12, 2006, Dummar filed suit in the United States district court for Utah against William Lummis, the primary beneficiary of the Hughes estate, and Frank Gay, the former chief operating officer of a number Hughes entities, claiming that the two had conspired to defraud Dummar out of his rightful share of the Hughes estate by presenting perjured testimony and concealing evidence in the 1978 trial. Dummar's complaint demanded the $156 million which he would have received from the estate, plus punitive damages and interest. Map of the boundaries of the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system. ...


Dummar currently lives in Brigham City, Utah with his wife Bonnie. Brigham City is a city in Box Elder County, Utah, United States. ...


The "Mormon Will"

The text of the handwritten document known as the "Mormon Will":

Last Will and Testament
I, Howard R. Hughes, being of sound mind and disposing mind and memory, not acting under duress, fraud or the undue influence of any person whomever, and being a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, declare that this is to be my last will and revolt [sic] all other wills previously made by me -
After my death, my estate is to be devided [sic] as follows -
First: one-forth [sic] of all my assets to go to Hughes Medical Institute of Miami -
Second: one-eight [sic] of assets to be devided [sic] among the University of Texas - Rice Institute of Technology of Houston - the University of Nevada - and the University of Calif.
Third: one-sixteenth to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - David O. McKay - Pre.
Forth [sic]: one-sixteenth to establish a home for orphan cildren [sic] -
Fifth: one-sixteenth of assets to go to Boy Scouts of America.
Sixth: one-sixteenth to be devided [sic] among Jean Peters of Los Angeles and Ella Rice of Houston -
Seventh: one-sixteenth of assets to William R. Loomis [sic] of Houston, Texas -
Eighth: one-sixteenth to go to Melvin DuMar [sic] of Gabbs, Nevada -
Ninth: one-sixteenth to be devided [sic] among my personal aides at the time of my death -
Tenth: one-sixteenth to be used as school scholarship fund for entire country - the spruce goose is to be given to the City of Long Beach, Calif.
The remainder of my estate is to be devided [sic] among the key men of the company's [sic] I own at the time of my death.
I appoint Noah Dietrich as the executer[sic] of this will -
Signed the 19 [sic] day of March 1968
Howard R. Hughes

For other uses around the city, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a United States non-profit medical research institute based in Chevy Chase, Maryland and originally founded by the aviator and engineer Howard Hughes in 1953. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship[3][4][5][6][7] institution of the University of Texas System. ... Lovett Hall William Marsh Rice University, commonly called Rice University and opened in 1912 as The William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science and Art, is a private, comprehensive research university located in Houston, Texas near the Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. ... The phrase University of Nevada by itself usually refers to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), because that was the name by which it was known from the time of its founding in 1874 until its name was changed to University of Nevada, Reno in 1969, at the same time... The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... David Oman McKay (September 8, 1873 – January 18, 1970) was the ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church; see also Mormon), serving from 1951 until his death in 1970. ... The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a United States Scouting organization, with some presence in other countries. ... Elizabeth Jean Peters (October 15, 1926 – October 13, 2000) was an American actress. ... Hughes H-4 Hercules The Spruce Goose is the nickname commonly given to the Hughes H-4 Hercules, an aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company, owned by Howard Hughes. ... Nickname: The International City (on flag), Friendly City (in Latin on citys seal), or the LBC Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Bob Foster Area    - City 170. ... Noah Dietrich (February 28, 1889 - February 15, 1982) was the chief executive officer of the Howard Hughes empire from 1925 - 1957. ...

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