THE PEOPLE: Before the Thunderstorm

No matter what shortages might afflict the U.S. people, they found themselves last week with the world's greatest supply of the gear and sites necessary for celebrating New Year's in the American Way. Football stadia and dozens of marching bands stood ready for the bowl games; so, for the night before, did hundreds of nightclubs and hotels, endless shelves of whisky, thousands of waiters, bartenders, jugglers, tenors and striptease dancers, and a fortune in fizz water, paper horns, tow cars, aspirin and ice bags.

Millions prepared to put the equipment to some use...

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