Last week the greatly grumbled-at East and West Coast dimout was making at least a few people happy. Things were so dark in Manhattan that young couples didn't have to go to the movies any more to do their necking—doorways on Fifth Avenue were dark enough.

When Santa Monica, Calif, officials told an amusement-park operator to dim his lights, he was unperturbed. Said he: "We'll have dimout rides now and I believe the young folks will like that." This was no news to Coney Island, for the past month dimmed beyond recognition. "Coney Island," said a cop, "is just one big...

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