Nation: Wrong Numbers

During the 23 years that President Ford lived in suburban Alexandria, Va., he kept a listed telephone number in an attempt to be available to his constituents. When Ford became Vice President nine months ago, he reluctantly took an unlisted number, and last February his old number was passed on to David Taylor, a postal worker, and his wife Alicia. Two or three times each day the Taylors got calls for the Fords. They found the calls intriguing—until Richard Nixon's presidency began to topple. Throughout resignation week, the calls came with nerve-jangling frequency, mostly from well-wishers urging Ford to prepare himself...

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