HEROES: No Seven-Toed Pete

For the first time in its 21 years of noisy, gaudy convening, the American Legion had its annual party last week with most of the world at war. Despite their routine horseplay which for four days turned Chicago upside down, the Legionnaires never quite achieved the hysteria of former conventions. The high was a veteran in a bonnet flourishing a baby's bottle.

Middle age might have had something to do with it. Also, thoughtful Legionnaires, watching parading Sons of the American Legion, whose average age was 17, must have recalled that the minimum...

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