Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Rose Mary Woods, former President Nixon's private secretary, apparently hasn't left Washington for good. At least not according to Woods' old dancing buddy, advertising executive Robert Gray, who says he "frequently" speaks by phone with Woods, who is in San Clemente.
"When Nixon finishes his book, I think Rose Mary will move back here. After all, she did keep her Watergate apartment."
Gray made his remarks Monday night at a Blair House reception honoring the 30 embassy sponsors for the Oct. 6 Meridian Hose ball as well as Gilbert Richards, board chairman of The Budd Co., producers of transportation equipment, which is picking up a large chunk of the tab for the affair.
Coincidentally, Secretary of Transportation Brock Adams was also on hand, but only because his wife, Mary Elizabeth, is on the advisory board for the ball. Adams said he wouldn't be surprised if Carter's embattled budget director, Bert Lance, comes out on top of his present difficulties.
"Will Bert have to go? I don't know, but I don't think so. I think he was very effective and yes, I think he answered all the questions," began Adams about the Lance hearings on TV before backing off a bit. "Well, of course, we all have so much to do every day ourselves that you have to understand I couldn't follow the whole thing and actually nobody has made up their minds.
"But would I be suprised if he didn't leave? No."
Richards, whose billion-dollar company is based in Troy, Mich., said "out in the hinterlands" the Lance affair had had its impact. "I can't judge the whole thing but as a businessman, what sticks out in my mind are the overdrafts. I know I coudn't go down as chairman of my company and write outa check."
Meanwhile, Richards' assistant, Paul Sicert, added, "You're also got to remember the Lance thing aroke the same week as "Washington: Behind Closed Doors" was on television. Everybody watched the news at 6 and saw Lance, then tunes inthe other show at 8 to watch Watergate."