THE EX-PRESIDENT: A Quiet, Private Dinner

By most accounts, Richard Nixon has been leading a reclusive life since leaving office, rarely venturing outside the walls of his Casa Pacifica compound. But in recent weeks his existence has opened up a bit. On Feb. 9, when the six-month transition period designed to prepare ex-Presidents for private life officially ended, Nixon seemed in reasonably good spirits, almost jaunty, at a farewell party for departing aides. That left the staff still on his federally allotted payroll at five, including Secretary Rose Mary Woods. Also on hand are four volunteer associates, like former Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler, who perform...

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