CALIFORNIA: Jimmy Takes the Dive

Jimmy Roosevelt had been hanging around the banks of California's muddy political swimming hole all spring, testing the water with his toe, bouncing tentatively on the springboard, and obviously preparing to jump in any minute. Early last month, on the anniversary of his father's death, he got a big push—30 Democratic California businessmen gave him a private dinner at Los Angeles' swank Chasen's Restaurant and pledged $50,000 to back him in politics.

He headed for the water on the run, soon had hired three pressagents and a five-room headquarters in Los Angeles' Spring Arcade Building. Last week in an off-the-record...

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