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by Abigail Van Buren

Free at Last of Cancer's Grip, Man Frees His Wife as Well

DEAR ABBY: You have stated twice in your column that both of the Wright brothers were bachelors.

Wilbur Wright died at the age of 45, a bachelor. Orville Wright lived to be 77 years old and married late in life. His wife was not as old as he was, but they had no children.

You were correct in stating that the Wright brothers do not have any direct descendants. -- HELEN L. THOMAS

DEAR HELEN L. THOMAS (not to be confused with Helen Thomas, veteran White House correspondent for United Press International): Thank you for attempting to set the record straight.

The New Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 19, Page 1033, states: "Both the brothers died bachelors."