Cover story: "A searching report: Momentous changes sweep the Catholic Church in America."
Speaking Out column by Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel): "If at first you don't succeed, quit!" First sentence: "Once upon a time . . . (approximately in the year of 1314) . . . a Scottish king named Bruce became sort of psychotic" (ellipses in original).
Affairs of State column by Stewart Alsop. First paragraph: "Bucharest: Something very important, very hard to define, and very little understood by Americans, has been happening in this part of the world. The nations of eatern Europe are becoming nations again, and the people of eastern Europe are becoming Europeans again."
A little premature, I guess, but ultimately correct. In the beginning of the last graf, however, Alsop takes it all back: "It [Eastern European countries daring to show "national" characteristics] is not the opportunity to achieve a cheap "victory" over Communism. Communism in some form is here to stay."
A piece by Quentin Reynolds on "Churchill at 90: Twilight of a hero." Lead-in: "A correspondent who knew Sir Winston at the zenith of his greatness offers a warm reminiscence of the old lion." Both Reynolds and Churchill died the next year. Reynolds was also the plaintiff in a famous libel suit against columnist Westbrook Pegler, which Reynolds' lawyer, Louis Nizer, wrote about in his wonderful My Life in Court.
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