CALIFORNIA: Western Wonderland

Culbert Levy Olson, California's first Democratic Governor in 40 years, thrust a $35,000 jeweled key into the lock of a gilded miniature Golden Gate bridge one morning last week and, with a symbolic push, proudly opened 1939's first world's fair, on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Few minutes later, to the jealous joy of Florida, Franklin Roosevelt radioed his national benediction from Key West (see p. 13). Other orators of State and church completed the inaugural, but the sublimest signal of all had been furnished the night prior at 10:30 p....

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