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"I'm all for being spoiled, and that car is a treat to ride around in," allowed Actor Ben Gazzara after driving to the Chicago premiere of Capone in Big Al's own Cadillac limousine. The six-ton, bulletproof car, built in 1928 and later used by President Franklin Roosevelt, had been specially shipped in for the premiere from its permanent display place in Niagara Falls, Canada. "I'd love to have it for city driving," quipped Gazzara, who came to the screening decked out in a Capone-style pin-stripe suit, full-length rabbit coat, and half of the extra 20 lbs. he had put on for his role. The fans seemed more interested in the limo than the leading man; after giving Gazzara a polite moment of applause, they quickly crowded round for a close look at the $150,000 mobstermobile.

He may be playing second fiddle in Britain's Conservative Party these days, but former Prime Minister Edward Heath still calls the tune occasionally. Heath, who was ousted as head of the Conservatives in February, made his continental debut as a symphony conductor last week before sellout audiences in Bonn and Cologne. At the invitation of Maestro André Previn, Heath led the London Symphony Orchestra through a 15-minute performance of Elgar's Cockaigne overture while West German TV cameras recorded the event. "Scintillating," applauded Bonn's General-Anzeiger. "Heath probably took Richard

Strauss's advice that economy of gesture can be more effective than the manners of the grand dompteur," praised Die Welt. Heath, who won an organ scholarship at Oxford in the 1930s, had a ready explanation for his greater success as conductor than Conservative Party leader. "The orchestra has 120 musicians," he observed, "and Conservatives in the House of Commons number 276."

Helping launch the nation's Bicentennial bash, President Gerald Ford took part in ceremonies in Boston's Old

North Church and at Lexington and Concord, Mass., where 200 years ago the Minutemen drove off the redcoats with the shots heard round the world. Fifes shrilled, drums rolled and the sharp crackle of musket fire sounded across the New England towns as the skirmishes were re-enacted for the benefit of 150,000 spectators. The President reviewed an honor guard of Minutemen on the Lexington Battle Green and placed wreaths to honor both the American and British dead at Concord. He told the celebrators that they had given him "a new spirit and a new strength about our country." Said Ford: "The finest tribute that may ever be paid this nation is that we provided a home for freedom."

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