UNITED NATIONS: The Real Trouble

Said Gromyko: "This is one thing you cannot blame on the Soviet Union." He meant the snow. More effectively than the veto, the Great Snow paralyzed U.N.

U.N. commuters fought vainly against the white wasteland of Lake Success. Others gave up; one French delegate (ignoring all traffic signals because of U.N. immunity) spent his time skiing down Manhattan's Park Avenue. Even the U.N. bar was almost deserted. One afternoon, a silent figure joined a handful of hardy newsmen. Over his whiskey, he growled: "Thash the trouble with thish place. Not an Irishman around." Anonymously, he disappeared.

But the week was not entirely...

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