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WALTER SCOTT'S Want the facts? Want to learn 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. Is there any chance that President Ford will dump Nelson Rockefeller and run with Rona/d Reagan on the 7976 Republican party ticket?--C. Bethell, New York City. A. There is some chance if Reagan picks up considerable delegate strength, but one of Ford's most admirable traits is loyalty. For weeks in early 1974 when he was Vice President he went around the country flatly declaring that "Richard Nixon is totally innocent and completely exonerated" when he undoubtedly suspected otherwise. |EAN HARLOW AND PAUL URN AT THEIR WEDDING Q. Has the true story of Jean Harlow and the suicide oi her husband, Paul Bern, ever been told? Did he shoot himself because he was impotent as so many books say?--C. L, SL Joseph, Mo. A. The marriage between Paul Bern and Jean Harlow lasted only two months. Bern, an MGM producer, shot himself on Sept. 5,1932. His suicide note was brief: "Dearest Dear, Unfortunately this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and to wipe out my abject humiliation. I love you. Paul [P.S.] YOU understand that last night was only a comedy." MGM leaked the nimor that Bern was impotent, and Dr. Edward B. Jones, personal physician to Bern and L B. Mayer, head of MGM, agreed to state that Bern suffered from infantile genitalia. But the truth was that Bern had a common law wife, actress Dorothy Millette, confined to a sanitarium in Connecticut at the time he married Harlow. Dorothy Millette left the sanitarium and was about to visit Bern in Hollywood when he shot himself. He did not want to drag any of the parties into what he felt would become a messy bigamy suit. Q. There is a story out in publishing circles that Time magazine has paid J1 million in an out-of-court settlement to a woman named Levy for falsely labeling her a prostitute. I know the story has been hushed up, but can you report any facts?--S. Cohen, BrooWyn, N.Y. A. Time magazine has settled $13,333 on Mrs. Kochava Levy, 31, of Tel Aviv, Israel. In its edition of March 17,1975, Time erred in characterizing Mrs. Levy, the wife of a policeman, as a prostitute. The magazine said she had darted into the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv a few minutes before an Arab terrorist attack in order to avoid a police sweep of prostitutes. In fact Mrs. Levy was a heroine on that occasion. Of nine hostages held in the Savoy Hotel by the terrorists, she was the only one who could speak Arabic. The terrorists permitted her to escort one wounded hostage from the hotel. Mrs. Levy could then have escaped. Instead she insisted upon going back in an effort to obtain the release of other hostages. Q. / have heard the name ^udge Crater mentioned several times and wondered who he was and what was his story.--M. C., Bafcersfie/d, Cat. A. Joseph Force Crater was 41 and a New York State Supreme Court Justice when he disappeared Aug. 6, 1930. He was last seen entering a taxi at 9:15 p.m. after dining with friends. Although Judge Crater was JUDGE CRATER declared legally dead in June, 1939, his case is still open in the files of the New York City Police Department. Q. American TV news bureaus in Moscow--are they allowed to use their own cameramen?--/on Holland, Atlanta, Ca. A. When an American TV correspondent in Moscow wants to photograph someone or something, he must apply to the Soviets, who provide him with a Russian camera crew. The only time U.S. TV camera crews are allowed to photograph inside the Soviet Union is when they accompany some visiting U.S. dignitary. Q. Is Frank Sinatra determined to clear out of Palm Springs? Hasn't he put his desert house up for safe? --Dana Harris, San Bernardino, Ca/. A. Sinatra's estate in Palm Desert is for sale. To date --no takers. Q. In his AFL-OO speech, Alexander So/zhenitsyn, the famous Russian writer, mentioned a man named Alexander Shliapnikov. Who was Shliapnikov?-- Edward Jensen, Washington, D. C A. According to Solzhenitsyn: "In the years before the Revolution it was Shliapnikov who ran the whole Communist party in Russia--not Lenin, who was an emigre. In 1921, he headed the Workers' Opposition which was charging the Communist leadership with betraying the workers' interests ... Shliapnikov disappeared from sight. He was arrested somewhat later and since he firmly stood his ground he was shot in prison and his name is perhaps unknown to most people ... But I remind you: Before the Revolution the head of the Communist party of Russia was Shliapnikov--not Lenin." Q. They say that a/most 20 per cent of the generals and the admirals in our Army and Navy are retiring from the service this year. Why is that?--Bob Sage, Norfolk, Va. A. The reason is financial. Many of them will earn more as civilians than they do as military officers because pensions are raised as the consumer price index rises. In the past three years pension benefits have zoomed 33 per cent. Thus an admiral who retired four years ago earns more money today than an admiral on active duty. Q. To settle a bet, has Barbra Streisand ever had plastic surgery done on her nose? -- Mary Underhill, Warwick, R.I. A. To date, no. Q. Does Queen E/izabeth of England own a plantation in Mississippi for which the US. government pays her a subsidy not to raise cotton?---Thomas Whitman Craft, Raleigh, Miss. A. She does not. THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER MAGAZINE chairman of the board, ARTHUR H. MOTLEY president, JAMES MCALLISTER editor, IKS GORKIN publisher, WARREN |. 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