NEW YORK: Fair Idea

Rare is the celebration or exposition which, when held, is not claimed as "my idea originally" by a camp following of crack-pate "inventors." Rarer is the inventor who actually did have the idea and, rarer still, got paid for it.

Grover Aloysius ("Gardenia") Whalen, New York City's handsome Official Greeter and Police Commissioner in years gone by, now the maestro of its 1939 World's Fair, last week sat through a curious meeting in the Fair's administration building. Absent was George A. McAneny, the Fair's first promoter who was demoted to chairman of...

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