Hard Fall for a Man of Action

Name that hot spot -- and Ollie North was there

As soon as he enters a room, he already seems to be planning his exit. His eyes dart impatiently, purposefully. He carries a battered briefcase, shuns neckties and favors turned-up-at-the-collar trench coats. His face is boyishly handsome, and his nose shows evidence of having stopped a few punches during a college boxing career. Not much given to small talk, he speaks in clipped, direct phrases. The word action crops up often in his conversation: "action officers," "action plan," "action" used as a synonym for operation. The word itself is an easily deciphered clue, for Lieut. Colonel Oliver North, 43, the man...

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