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Fan Exhorts Redskins to Shred the Broncos' Defense

January 24, 1988|DAVE JOHNSON

--At their final practice before leaving for Super Bowl XXII in San Diego, the Washington Redskins got a pep talk from a fan well-known for backing a squad of rebels in Nicaragua. Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, who was fired from the National Security Council for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, talked individually with several players, including defensive end Charles Mann and cornerback Darrell Green, and then met with the team at midfield after practice in Herndon, Va. With the players chanting: "Ollie, Ollie, Ollie," North rushed off the field after the rally and did not speak to reporters. "I told him it was his responsibility for the pep talk," said a joking Coach Joe Gibbs. "So, if anything happens, it rests on his head, not on mine." North, of Great Falls, Va., has visited the team several times this season. The Redskins are to fly to San Diego today and will take on the Denver Broncos next Sunday. North is a target of an investigation by independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh into his role in the sale of arms to Iran--which has been called a swap for hostages in Lebanon--and diversion of the arms sale profits to the Contras.

--American Jesse Turner was kidnaped by Muslim extremists in Lebanon one year ago today, but his mother, Estelle Ronneburg of Boise, Ida., does not plan to treat the anniversary differently from any other day. "That is the only way I can live with it," said Ronneburg, 66. Turner, 40, a Beirut University College professor, was kidnaped with two other American professors, Alann Steen and Robert Polhill, and with Mithileshwar Singh, an Indian professor. Turner's wife, Badr, is a Lebanese native who lives in Beirut. Their first child, JoAnne, arrived in June. "Actually, I don't know if he knows that he has a daughter," she said. ". . . We, me and the wives of the three other kidnaped professors, are waiting and praying. We are always appealing to the kidnapers to release them. I am lost without Jesse, and I am upset for his mother because he is her only son."

--Dr. Christiaan Barnard, 65, who performed the first human heart transplant in 1967, married 24-year-old model Karen Setzkorn at his posh restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa. It was the third marriage for Barnard, who now does research on slowing the aging process. Barnard has three children from his previous marriages, which ended in divorce, and his eldest child, Diedre, is 13 years older than her new stepmother.

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