Hi Early Bird,
No, I did not get it off. I heated it with a variable temp heat gun. I was afraid I would melt wires if I did it too long, so I chickened out after a couple tries. I returned the beautiful brand new MBZ wheel. I have thought of another scary method, but I'm just going to live with it the way it is unless I have a column repair in the future. Here it is: Grind off the outer flange of the bolt, releasing the pressure of the steering wheel against the bolt. Then remove the bolt, frame it, and hang it in the garage.
Don't let my misfortune discourage you, it is really a simple task, as long as Conan did not get to it before you.