People, Dec. 15, 1958

Saving her lungs for such important tasks as upper-register squelching of impresarios, Diva Maria Callas ordered no candles for her 35th birthday cake, instead plopped on the pastry one tiny light bulb, at the climactical moment puckered up for a symbolic breath, simultaneously pressed a button that throttled the glow. Explained her dutiful husband, Industrialist Giovanni Meneghini: "She thinks it's more modern."

Becalmed between floors in a Chicago hotel elevator. New Jersey's Democratic Governor Robert B. Meyner displayed a true politician's talent for talking his way out of anything, tranquilized the panic-stricken...

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