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Â·J Prafltn Pmfc Want the facts? Want to learn the truth about prominent personalities? Want informed opinion? Write Walter Scott, Parade, 733 3rd Ave., New , N.Y. 10017. Your full name will be used unless otherwise requested. Volume of mail received makes personal replies impossible. Q. Recently I heard Bill Moyers interview Jimmy Carter on TV. Carter said that when he was 29 and a lieutenant jn the Navy, he had a choice to make^~ did he want to become Chief of Naval Operations or return to Plains, Ca., and lead a more diversified life? I am 'shocked by Carter's conceit or confidence. Who ever offered him the job of Chief of Naval Operations at age 29?--T. R., Macon, Ca. A. Carter is a man of enormous self-confidence. No one ever offered him the job of Chief of Naval Operations. He simply assumed that he could work his way into that position. Q. What is meant by the expression "Jimmy Carter is a fundamentalist"?--Dorothy Payne, Albany, N.Y. J A. It has reference to Carter's profound, evangelical practice of and belief in his Baptist faith. Q. Ava Gardner keeps saying over and over again, "I hate the press, I hate the press." Where would she be without it? -- Andre Gould, Los Angeles. A. Likely in her hometown, Smithfield, N.C Q. / understand that the McDonnell Douglas people, who manufacture the DC-70, are try/rig to halt the publication of a book which describes the crash of a Turkish Airlines DC- 70 near Paris a few years ago. I believe 346 people were killed in that crash. Is that rumor true?--5. 5., 5t. Louis. AVA GARDNER A. It is not true. 'The DC-10 Affair," a book written by a trio of investigative reporters from'The Sunday Times of London, will be published by Granada in London before this year is out, will probably soon after appear in the U.S. Q. Richard Nixon has a kid brother, Ed. The Nixon Foundation, headed by Leonard Firestone, used to look after Ed when Nixon was President. Whatfs Ed doing now?--Lynn Rossiter, New York City. A. Edward C Nixon, 46, is a real estate broker, resides in Lynnwood, Wash., a suburb of Seattle. WIFE BARBARA AND OR. CHRISTIAAN BARNARD Q. Is it a fact that Dr. Christiaan Barnard and his wife are leaving South Africa because in that country blacks are forced to work in the gold mines for 75 cents a day? What's the story?--W. N., Watonga, Okla. A. Dr. and Mrs. Barnard are not leaving South Africa. In 1973 the minimum starting wage for new underground gold miners around Johannesburg was 72 cents a day. It is currently $2.45 a day. Mine workers, however, are also given meals, medical care, housing, and transportation free of charge. Most South African blacks will not work in the mines. The mining companies therefore recruit most of their workers from other African countries. Q. Is there any chance that Sen. Edward Kennedy will be defeated this year when he again runs for the U.S. Senate? Also, has Kennedy given up for all time a chance at the Presidency?--Frances Cameron, Danvers, Mass. , A. There is always a chance that any politician seeking reelection will lose. In Kennedy's case there's not much. On the whole he's been a good Senator, will undoubtedly run for the Presidency one day when Chappaquiddick fades from the public ken ( Q. It is part of history that former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was responsible for the Edsel, one of the now-famous flops of the Ford Motor Company. Is that true?--D. D., Ann Arbor, Mich. A. McNamara was in no way responsible for the Edsel, in fact advised against it. Q. How old is Mme. Chiang Kai-shek, and where is she?--Li Chun, New York City. A. After five months of medical treatment for an undisclosed disease, Mme. Chiang Kai-shek, 78, left New York City this past April for her home in Taipei, Taiwan. . Q. The legendary Hollywood producer David Selznick had a son named Jeffrey. Why doesn't anyone ever hear or read anything about young Selznick? What, if anything, does he do?--F. R., Santa Monica, Cal. A. Jeffrey Selznick, son of David Selznick and grandson of the late MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, was involved until'recently in a'dress manufacturing business in Jamaica. He lived in Montego Bay with his wife, Ann, daughter of the late Sir Gerald Wight. The marriage has apparently been unsuccessful, a divorce looms, and Jeffrey Selznick has left Jamaica. NINA VAN PALLANDT PERFORMING Q. Do you know what has happened to Nina van Pallandt, the singer who'had an affair with Clifford Irving, author of the phony Howard Hughes autobiography?--Dora Pauley, Tulsa, Okla.' A. Nina played the nightclub circuit for awhile, then married Robert Kirby, a South African entertainer, who announced they would live in Cape Town.' Q. Please identify this couplet: "Love in a hut, with water and a crust Is--love, forgive us--cinders, ashes, dust." -- Pamela -Stevens, St. Louis, Mo. A. It's from "Lamia," a poem by John Keats. Q. / heard ft said of Barbara Walters that she is the only major TV newswoman who has her own press agent. Is that a fact?--Jennie Wallace, Omaha, Neb. A. It is a fact. Â© WALTER SCOTT 1976 THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER MAGAZINE chairman of the board, ARTHUR H. MOTLEY president, JAMES McAUISTER editor, IBS GORKIN publisher, WARREN I- REYNOLDS editor at large, LLOYD SHEARER managing editor, JAMES D. HEAD senior editors, HERBERT KUPFERBERG, DAVID PALEY art director, ANTHONY LA ROTONDA associate editors, JONATHAN BRAUN, LINDA CUTSTEIN, NOR HUMPHREYS, PAM PROCTOR, JOHN G. ROGERS, ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN, ROBERT WALTERS, L H. 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