People, Aug. 21, 1939

New Jersey's jug-shaped pug, Antonio Domenico ("Two-Ton Tony") Galento, 29, was invited to take part in the Hobby Lobby program (NBC), which was to be chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. Told that the only remuneration was fame, he waddled away grunting, "If Mrs. Roosevelt gets paid, I want to get paid."

Humorist Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb, 63, lying ill of an abused stomach in a San Francisco hospital, sat up in bed ("like a bullfrog in a pan of milk," said one reporter), and told the press: 1) "I can't say that the X-ray pictures flatter...

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