CHILE: Fidel the Silent

It was the kind of opportunity that Old Athlete Fidel Castro cannot resist.

As his motorcade wound through the dusty town of Maria Elena in Chile's mountainous north, the Cuban Premier spied a gymnasium housing a basketball court. He ordered the caravan to a screeching halt, recruited a government official, three carabineros and five Chil ean newsmen, then sprang onto the court — combat boots, green fatigues and all — for a pickup game.

After 15 minutes of furious play at Maria Elena's lung-stretching 5,600-ft.

altitude, the Maximum Leader signaled a time-out — but not a long one. Mo ments later, he...

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