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WiUli SCOTS Want the facts? Want to team the truth about prominent personalities? Want informed opinion? Write Walter Scott, Parade, 733 3rd Ave New York, N.Y. 10017. Your full name will be used unless otherwise requested. Volume of mail received makes personal replies impossible. Q. Does Gerald Ford speak arty foreign language?-Helen Thornton, Philadelphia. A. He does not. Q. When Maurice Starts, Nixon's chief money-raiser and former Commerce Secretary, pled guilty in court, he announced that the conviction merely proved his innocence. What sort of man is he anyway?--G.F., Wilmington, Del. A. If one were to buy a used car from Mr. Stans, one might want to think about it more than once before finalizing the deal. Q. Now that she is in her sixties it is hard to tell, but I wonder if Katharine Hepburn was ever a real beauty?--Selena Henderson, Raleigh, N.C. A. In her youth Katharine Hepburn was a tall, thin stalk of exquisite loveliness, one of the most beautiful actresses of stage and screen. KATHARINE HEPBURN IN HER EARLV DAYS Q. Was the name Brokaw the maiden name of Clare Soothe Luce or the name of her first husband? Is Tom Brokaw of NBC News related in any way? --Mrs. Calvin Duncan, San Diego, Calif. A. Clare Boothe Luce was married to George Tuttle Brokaw, New York clothing manufacturer, in 1923 when she was 20. The marriage ended in divorce in 1929. Tom Brokaw of NBC News is not related to Mrs. Luce in any way. IOHNNY MIUEft IAY NORTH AS "DENNIS" Q. Is lohnny Miller the golfer the former lay North of the "Dennis the Menace" TV series? If not, what happened to lay North?--Barbara Re/7/y, Vine/and NJ. A. Johnny Mjller is not Jay North grown up. Jay North acts in Los Angeles theaters when he can obtain work. He also coaches an amateur ice hockey team in Los Angeles. Q. Can Gerald Ford count oh the political support of Ronald Reagan and lohn Connally, two Democrats who convened to conservative Republicanism? --F.L, Santa Ana, Cal. A, Not at this time; both Reagan and Connally would like the Republican Presidential nomination if they can get it. And Reagan is trying mightily. Q. Why was Lucille Ball so uptight at the Emmy Awards? Why didn't she let her co-presenter Groucho Marx say anything?--/. Middleton, Los Angeles. A. Lucille Ball's nervousness at the Emmy podium . was provoked by a crank caller who reached Lucy midway through the Emmys. The unidentified female caller told Lucy that her son, Desi Jr. y had been seriously injured in an auto accident and was at the UCLA emergency hospital. Lucy went on camera only moments before learning that the call was a prank; Desi Jr. was safe at home. Q. Could America have won the war in Vietnam? If so, why didn't we?--Mark Miller, Albany, N.Y. A. If we had wanted to blast Hanoi as we did Hiroshima, if we had wanted to destroy the Red River dikes and drown most of the North Vietnamese, we could easily have won. But then what? We would THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER MAGAZINE have antagonized the world and would have had to support a dient state indefinitely. Moreover, it is highly doubtful that the American people would have permitted its military to use nuclear bombs in a war unvoted by the Congress. Q. Is it true that leanne Eagles, the actress who starred in "Rain," used to charge $3000 a night tor a romp in the hay?--G.L, Hartford, Conn. A. Jeanne Eagles. (1890-1929), portrayed on the screen in 1957 by Kim Novak, once charged an actor, Glenn Hunter, $3000 for spending the night with her; but she was no prostitute. She explained that she was merely punishing Hunter for his expansive ego. John Wharton describes the incident in his recent book, "Life Among the Playwrights." JEANNE EAGLES UM NOVAK Q. It is my understanding that Ron Nessen, the White House press secretary, is not permitted to answer any foreign policy questions without first phoning Henry Kissinger. Whafs the truth?--Gale Evans, Los Angeles. A. Nessen is allowed to hedge on such questions. It is Kissinger, the omnipotent, who insists upon remaining the behind-the-scenes figure in every important foreign policy announcement. Nessen is given far more latitude by Ford to answer questions on domestic policy (which he frequently does in detail) than Kissinger allows him on foreign affairs queries. As a result when a newsman asks Nessen a question on foreign affairs, Nessen is neither candid nor forthcoming. The White House press corps realizes that Kissinger severely hampers Nessen and understands the press secretary's predicament. chairman of the board, ARTHUR H. 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