THE PEOPLE: Horatius at the Icebox

The average U.S. citizen found the President's food-saving program pretty frustrating. If foodless days had been decreed by law, the thing would have become a sporting matter of eating and dodging the Feds. But being put on the honor system had thrown the country into a nail-biting state of indecision, and also seemed to make it feel hungry.

At week's end, the average restaurant operator was developing ulcers, anxiety and severe tension. Most of them piously —and some even happily—guaranteed compliance. Hollywood's phony prince, Restaurateur Mike Romanoff (who sometimes allows his bulldog to sit up at the table with him and...

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