March 9 - 1982: John Belushi buried on the Vineyard

1986: White House move angers Cape Cod
Dan Aykroyd drove a Harley Davidson to Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark, where Belushi was laid to rest under a light snowfall. The photo shows Dan Aykroyd after the funeral; photo credit, www.belushi.com

1982: John Belushi buried on the Vineyard

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray attend, James Taylor sings

On this day in 1982, funeral services were held on Martha's Vineyard for actor and comedian John Belushi, dead at 33 from a cocaine and heroin overdose four days earlier in Los Angeles.

"We can hear the call of his solitary warning: Wise up!", the Rev. Ilia Katre of Boston's Holy Trinity Church told the 200 mourners who gathered in West Tisbury for a 45-minute requiem service, citing a trademark Belushi phrase, as reported by the Associated Press.

Vineyarder   James Taylor   sang "That Lonesome Road"  and Belushi's close friend and colleague Dan Aykroyd drove a  Harley Davidson to Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark, where Belushi was laid to rest under a light snowfall.

Belushi came to fame as one of the original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" when "Saturday Night Live" premiered in October 1975. Quickly establishing himself as one of the most popular actors in the cast, Belushi branched out into movies, appearing in the hugely successful comedy "Animal House," as well as music, collaborating with Aykroyd as "The Blues Brothers."  

Among those attending Belushi's funeral were his mother Judy, brothers Jim and William, actor Bill Murray and SNL producer Lorne Michaels  . Murray and Jim Belushi would both eventually buy houses on the Vineyard.

Belushi's grave is near the entrance to the cemetery, situated off South Road and across the street from Chappaquoit Road. His epitaph reads, "I may be gone, but Rock 'N' Roll lives on."

1986: White House move angers Cape Cod

Won't renew the charter of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission

When the Cape Cod National Seashore was proposed in 1959, there was widespread opposition from towns on the lower Cape whose residents feared losing their freedom to use the beaches and inshore waters.

In response, the park's sponsors in Congress provided for an advisory commission of town, state and Interior Department representatives.

This arrangement, which has been in effect since the park opened in 1962, appeared to satisfy everybody, until last week: Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel refused to renew the charter of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission.

One member of the commission, Thomas R. Pennypacker II, called its demise ''a callous display of Federal arrogance.'' Another, Dr. Barbara Mayo, said the abrupt termination ''makes a mockery of President Reagan's constant talk of more local participation in government.''

A third, Sherrill Smith, warned that the death of the 10-member, non-salaried commission would be taken by the thousands of Cape Codders who live within or near the National Seashore as another ''devious trick'' by the Interior Department.

The Cape Cod National Seashore stretches more than 40 miles along the eastern shore from Chatham around the Great Dunes at Race Point to Provincetown. There is also a section of the park along Cape Cod Bay near Wellfleet.

In addition to the homes that were there in 1962, there are about 10 commercial establishments within the park boundaries. But some part of all six lower Cape communities abut those boundaries, and share some municipal facilities with the park. The Provincetown Airport and the Nauset Regional School are in the park itself. Puzzled by Administration

''The park overlays cape communities that are more than 200 years old and this is a place where an advisory commission is needed more than any other place in the country,'' said Dr. Mayo, a marine scientist from Provincetown and one of the state's two representatives on the commission.

''The park today is well run and we've played a part, from its beginning, in helping it be that way,'' she went on. ''This whole thing, and the way it's been handled, really baffles me, particularly when it comes from the Reagan people who are always talking about public involvement in government.''

Mr. Smith, representing the town of Orleans on the commission, said the first official word was a phone call last Friday, the day the charter expired, from Allan Fitzsimmons, special assistant to William Horn, the Interior Department's Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

''We had begun to suspect something last November when they didn't reappoint the Interior Department's own representative on the commission,'' Mr. Smith said Thursday. ''We wrote letters to Hodel asking him what was going on. The area's selectmen also wrote.''

Mr. Smith said Cape Cod's Congressman, Representative Gerry E. Studds, a Democrat, made inquiries, and ''Hodel never bothered to reply to a single letter and Studds couldn't get any kind of an answer from them.'' 'Nobody Has Ever Complained'

In his phone calls Mr. Fitzsimmons at first indicated it was a budgetary matter, Mr. Smith said. Then, according to Mr. Smith, Mr. Fitzsimmons said the commission was no longer needed because the superintendent of the National Seashore was going to make himself more available to residents.

''Both of those excuses were ridiculous,'' Mr. Smith said. ''We only spend somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 a year and that's just for lunches at our meeting and for some travel expenses for a couple of members who live off Cape. And the seashore superintendents have always spent many hours talking with our people. The people have not always agreed with what they heard, but nobody has ever complained that a superintendent would not listen to them.''

An Interior Department spokesman, Thomas Wilson, said advisory commissions like the seashore's were created with new national parks and seashores to represent surrounding communities in a park's developing years.

He said 90 percent of the 334 national parks and seashores had no advisory commissions and most of the remaining commissions were being eliminated. ''It was never intended that they should be permanent bodies,'' he said. ''A formalized group like the Cape Cod Commission is no longer needed there.'' Timing Unfortunate, Aide Says

Mr. Wilson conceded that the timing and the way members were notified of their demise were ''unfortunate.''

''It certainly was,'' said Mr. Pennypacker, a Chatham selectman who represented his town on the commission. ''For the past 25 years every other President before Mr. Reagan has renewed our charter. It just doesn't add up.''

Mr. Pennypacker, a Republican who has supported Mr. Reagan in the past, said terminating the commission was particularly puzzling in light of the President's frequent calls for greater local participation in government.

Some commission members were making plans today to revive it as a locally financed body while they lobby Congress to renew its charter. Mr. Studds introduced a bill Thursday to extend the charter through 1997.

And Mr. Pennypacker wrote a letter to Mr. Reagan this week urging him to overrule Secretary Hodel. ''He should understand the arrogance of Hodel and his assistants and realize how angry and chagrined people around here are,'' Mr. Pennypacker said.''His people in Washington may think this matter is closed. But it's certainly not to us.''


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