While driving about the U.S. in the early 19405 gathering material for a weekly syndicated travel column, husky (6 ft. 2 in.) Warren Bayley worked up an explosive head of steam against short beds, rock-hard mattresses and drafty bathrooms. He made up his mind that some day he was going to build a place of his own where travelers could spend the night in comfort.

Last week, after persuading 1,700 Californians to invest $1,320,000, Bayley, now 53 > finally opened his dream inn, one of the biggest motels (329 bedrooms) in the U.S....

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