Music: Nuts to Petrillo

One of the few nettles in the primrose path of James Caesar Petrillo has been the National Music Camp at Interlochen (Mich.), where more than 600 boys & girls study orchestra and composition every summer. Three years ago, swarthy, owl-eyed Musicians' Union Boss Petrillo decided that the ten-to 18-year-old musicians (too young to pay union dues) were "nonprofessional"; he stopped their weekly broadcasts over NBC. Gentle-mannered Dr. Joseph Edgar Maddy, Interlochen director and a union member for 36 years, switched the concerts to Michigan's noncommercial, state-owned station WKAR.

Frustrated Petrillo kept squirming until he hit upon an idea: put Interlochen on his...