People: The Brimming Cup

Home from an eleven-week concert tour of Europe, Bandman Duke (Mood Indigo) Ellington reported that he was 16 Ibs. lighter. The secret: "I gave up coffee, tea, and water in Germany—drank nothing but that wonderful German beer. This stuff gets inside you and you feel it's doing something good down there."

Naturalist William Beebe, 72, who once broke his leg in Venezuela and sat quietly while a five-foot boa constrictor slithered across it, admitted that he was getting a little old for jungle expeditions and bathysphere trips to the ocean depths. Having bought a...

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