Transport: Poor Things

Decade ago Manhattan Publicity Counselor Harry Bruno attended an airmen's wine & dine shindig, cracked that he thought fliers were strong, silent, quiet birdmen. Result: "The Ancient & Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen," with such noted members as Charles Lindbergh, Roscoe Turner, the late Wiley Post. Qualifications: good flying, good fellowship. Chief function: convivial hell-raising.

Last week another air-minded prankster, Air Insuranceman Jerome ("Jerry") Lederer, launched what may become 'the Quiet Birdmerrs feminine counterpart, dubbed it "League for the Wives of Men in Aviation, Poor Things," issued a manifesto. Excerpts:

"To counteract the resulting sequestered existence, the wives of these men have decided...

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