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Oilman Glenn McCarthy's little hootenanny, opening his $21 million Shamrock hotel (TIME, March 21), turned St. Patrick's Day in Houston into a Donnybrook. McCarthy's 2,500 guests (200 of them from Hollywood) milled past dinner-jacketed newsboys at the entrance, stripped the lobby's $1,000 orchid-studded trees bare, guzzled 1,200 bottles of champagne before the banquet. Shamrocks bloomed everywhere—on ashtrays, wastebaskets, even on the panties and bras that McCarthy presented to his women guests. (The men got cowboy boots from the hides of prize cattle that provided the steaks.) The crowd whooped it up so...

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