47 Years Ago in TIME

Where's JIMMY HOFFA? The FBI search of a Michigan farm may help solve that mystery. Even before the Teamster boss vanished in 1975, his doings were cloaked in secrecy, despite Congress's inquiries.

Hoffa once tried to sum up in four short sentences his career after he left school at the end of the seventh grade: "I got a job in a department store--stock boy. Then I got a job at Kroger's. And that's my whole life. Pretty simple life." It was a lot more complicated than that. But in one sense Hoffa's career indeed followed a simple line: straight up the...

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