U.S. At War: Pyrrhic Humor

New York City's famed Park Commissioner Robert Moses does not like criticism. Like his boss, Fiorello LaGuardia, he has been long in office, is conscious that he has served the public well, is self-righteous, cantankerous, and never admits that he is mistaken. Like other cantankerously honest men, he enjoys being rude.

Last week Mrs. Zorah White Gristede, slim, attractive wife of an executive of the swank Gristede grocery chain, wrote the Commissioner a letter: "Concerning the children's 'playground' at Eighty-Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue—it's filthy, in truth more 'pen' than park and...

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