Science: Libido, Liberty & Lenses

John E. Mellish, 46, is a person of importance to U. S. astronomy. He is a grinder of telescope lenses, which he, with infinite pains and patience, can polish to within one one-millionth of an inch of perfection. Last week, and every weekday for the past nine months—hour after hour—he has worked under the surveillance of the Kane County, Ill. sheriff.

John E. Mellish 17 years ago read an advertisement in a Chicago newspaper: "Wanted—A perfect husband, one who wants the happiness not of a day, but of a lifetime; who would receive the...

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