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    One of America's most profilic inventors, Mr. William Lear, unveiled a new device with which?

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    MV Mr & Mrs William Lear walk towards and broad bus

    CU Nameplate on front of bus. PAN to similar on side

    TRAVEL SHOT...bus along road

    CU INTERIOR..bus with Mrs. Lear inside

    REAR VIEW INTERIOR..bus with passengers seated

    SCU INTERIOR..Mr & Mrs Lear waving

    CU Dial on bus instrument board showing turbine indicator

    CU Lear speaking

    SPEECH STARTS: "I wish......"

    SPEECH ENDS: ".....war hoop".

    SCU & CU Bus engine

    SCU Lear and others looking at engine

    CU engine

    CU Lear kisses engine

    CU Nameplate on bus, ZOOM OUT TO rear of bus

    TV's steam-turbine powered car under construction(2 shots)

    CU Turbine engine of car

    CU Lear speaking

    SPEECH STARTS: "We will........."

    SPEECH ENDS: "..... here it is".

    CU Turbine wheel held by reporter ZOOM OUT TO SCU..reporter

    TRANSCRIPT: COMMENTATOR: "It was a measure of how big a day it was in William Lear's life, that Mrs. Lear insisted on being with him, even though she had suffered a heart attack only last Sunday and shouldn't have been up. The first public trial of his steam-turbine-powered bus -- his contributions to the battle against pollution -- began. And contribution is the word. He says he has spent 12 million dollars of his own money to bring the power play this far. Lear says this puts out only 1/100th as much pollution as an average, present-day automobile. Its performance, he says, is ten times better than the 1976 standards that major automobile companies are saying they can't meet. The question is, is it practical? Can it make buses run efficiently and economically? Lear says today's test proves it can."

    SEQ. 8: LEAR: "I wish I were an Indian so I could give a war hoop".

    COMMENTATOR: "Lear claims no credit for discovering that steam power is clean power. Everybody knows that. What Lear does claim is that he has put this clean power into a small practical package. His engine will weigh only one-half as much as a comparable diesel engine and fits right into the available space in this standard General Motors bus.

    He says the fuel economy is within limits. In a few weeks the bus will go into experimental service in San Francisco but the ultimate test will be, not the bus, but the passenger car. Lear says the problem is not power -- if his engine can drive that big bus, is can certainly drive a car. The only problem is transmission and they're solving that".

    LEAR: "We will have the car working in 30-45 days, but the people at General Motors wanted to see a bus, so we did that first -- and if they want to see a bus, here it is."

    COMMENTATOR: "This small turbine wheel is the heart of the Lear power plant. Steam pushes this little vane around, the wheel turns and it drives that big bus. The news today was that the bus worked. But the real story here is this little wheel."

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    Background: One of America's most profilic inventors, Mr. William Lear, unveiled a new device with which he hopes to beat the problem of automatic pollution -- a steam-powered bus. The bus was given its first trials at the public showing in Reno, Nevada on Friday (11 February) and it's to go into experimental service in San Francisco in a few weeks.

    A prototype steam-powered car was also shown -- Mr. Lear says the car should be in running shape in another six weeks.

    Mr. Lear says development of the steam engine has cost him 12 million dollars (approximately five million Pounds Sterling) of his own money. Its performance is far better, he says, than proposed standards for the ordinary car engine.

    This film, shot by the American National Broadcasting Company, has a commentary already with the film -- but we are supplying an alternate commentary which editors may wish to use.

    SYNOPSIS: Another step in the fight against pollution was unveiled here, at Reno, Nevada, on Friday. And it was a measure of the importance the day was to inventor William Lear that his wife insisted upon being with him. This despite the fact she's recently suffered a heart attack. On show was this bus -- powered by steam. It's Lear's contribution to the battle against pollution and the bus was undergoing its first public trial.

    Lear is one of America's profilic inventors -- with a popular-selling private jet he designed to his credit.

    Lear says engine development cost him about five million Pounds Sterling. He says the engine puts out one-hundredth of present-day engines' pollution.

    Lear says the engine is ten times better in performance than demanded in the 1976 American standards which the major American car companies are saying they can't meet. While Lear isn't claiming credit for discovering that steam is pollution-free, he does say he's put the engine in a small, practical package.

    The engine will weigh half as much as a comparable diesel motor and its fuel economy is within limits. Soon, the bus will be tested in San Francisco.

    But the ultimate test, according to Lear, won't be the bus, but this steam-powered passenger car. The problem isn't power, but transmission and they're working on that.

    This small turbine wheel is the heart of the Lear power plant. Steam pushes the vane around, the wheel turns and it drives that big bus. And although it's news that the bus worked, the real story was that wheel.

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