Among the items workers were able to salvage from the burned - out debris that used to be the home of the Dennis Clarke family in McLean were two footballs. three high school yearbooks, a Raggedy Ann doll and the Clarkes' wedding pictures - by coincidence, all articles of youth.
The only other thing than cam through the all-consuming fireball that erupted when their home exploded private jet last week was a metal box of bills.
"You just can't get away from bills.," Clarke said. "We used to keep this box in the kitchen."
One of the bills that was due yesterday was the monthly mortgage payment on the Clarke home at 1171 OlStabe Rd., now a mass of rubber.
"I called the gas company to have the service discontinued the lay asked me if the meter had been taken out." Mrs. Clarke chuckled. "I didn't bother to explain.
The salvaged items from the Clarke home don't fill a green plastic garbage bag. "That's not much after 19 years of marriage.," Mrs. Clarked marked.
Her husband, who wasn't even wearing shoes when he fled his home with his four children and wife last Thursday night, reflected that the experience of losing virtually everything that his family owned. It's like trying to contemplate eternity."
The 38-year-old patent attorney said the family had gone shopping for essentials first. "We had to start from underwear and work out." he said. In addition to physical accountredents, the Chardes had to get back their "identity."
"We got our (drivers') licenses today so we can prove who we are." Clarke said.
"And when we went to the Division of Motor Vehicles the computer showed a 1972 lien on our Pinto and we couldn't show that it had been paid off and we own the car because the title had been burned," Mrs Clarke added.
"There's been a lot of forms to fill out and a lot of lines to stand in," she sighed.
Charke's insurance company. has already sent a $5.000 check to pay for clothes and the Clarke family's stay in a nearby hotel. but it also said he had to list everything that was in the house to collect insurance money. Clarke said he found the task "more staggering than going out to buy it all."
"I found it best not to think of the whole project at once. It gets frightening. We take it one minute. one hour. one day at a time. Then it's more manageable." he said.
The neighbors have been incredibly super." Clarke said. "They literally dropped their own lives to help us." Carke said the also received between 15 and 20 phone calls from total strangers who offered clothes and food.
"But all I have to do is look at the kids and realize how lucky we are." he said. The only physical jinury was a (See AFTERMATH, C5 Col. 1) (AFTERMATH, From C1) scratch to one of Mrs. Clarke's eyeballs. The Clarkes said they regret the loss of their dog "Barney." a long-haired Tibetan Lhasa Apso. more than anything else. Another dog that ran away at the time of the crash was found on Sunday by one of the Clarkes' daughters.
Looking tired and drawn, Clarke said he was beginning to have a delayed reaction to the crash. "Psychologically, it's starting to get me down because I realize how close we came to getting roasted."
Planes now scare Clarke more than ever. he said. "I was just getting over a fear of flying. but now. never again. never again. I was watching the TV news and when it showed a plane taking off I got the chills." Charke recalled, shaking his head.
The Clarkes spent Sunday after noon searching for a home to rent temporarily. "We hope to rebuild a home in the same place," Clarke said, "because it could never happen again . . . I think."
Emily Lalor perhaps said the same thing to herself a few years ago when her father died in the crash of a company aircraft that he was piloting just outside the airport at Birmingham, Ala.
But it did happen again Emily's husband, William G. Lalor, 49, was killed in the fiery crash of the executive jet which destroyed the Clarke's home. He was executive vice president of Southern Co. Services.
A picture of William and Emily Lalor on their wedding day five years ago June 1 sits on the living room piano of Lalor's parents. Ret. Rear Adm. William G. and Francis Condor Lalor in Arlington. "Bill was such an energetic person." Mrs. Lalor said of the oldest of her four children. "He came to visit us on Thursday and it was a very happy visit."
The junior William Lalor graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949. During his career in the Navy. which lasted up to 1960. Lalor met and became friends with a man from Georgia named Jimmy Carter. They served together on the submarine USS Sea Dragon and were next door neighbors when both men were stationed in Schenectady, N.Y., Mrs. Lalor said.
Lalor visited Carter several times when he was governor of Georgia. "He was very fond of the Carters." his mother said. "In fact that's one of the things we talked about during his last visit - about how Rosalynn Carter didn't want to leave the Navy and go back to Plains. Ga. Williams was to meet with Carter again in two weeks to discuss the energy thing."
The White House yesterday said that President Carter has sent his condolences to the Lator family.