The 1950s adolescent star who protected his twin boys in the mystery plane crash that killed him.

Ricky Nelson was the young pop singer worshipped by his fans for many years, and he was one of the most televised acts of his time.

While many know the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, few know how a split-second decision resulted in his two young sons’ survival.

Eric Hilliard Nelson was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 8, 1940. His parents’ successful sitcom, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” developed by his parents, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard Nelson, made them famous.