Education: Field Trip

From the darkness of the balcony, about 50 well-dressed men and women watched as the curtain rose at Minsky's burlesque in Newark, N.J. The patrons in the orchestra seats cheered, and the drummer began his slow off-beat as the first of the girls, Peggy O'Grady, casually undressed. Then came Marie Voe and Nony ("A Bit of TNT from Paree"). Queen of them all was a blonde relentlessly billed as "Miss Crystal Star," who took almost ten minutes to give her G-string the air.

Miss Crystal Star was performing for a special audience. The 50 men and women (among them: a biochemist, two...

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