People: Dec. 28, 1962

Michigan's Governor-elect knows that the ability to make a quick decision is the mark of a good executive. But Lenore Romney, his handsome wife (who opted for marriage instead of a movie contract in 1931) knows the wifely wisdom of the let-George-do-it axiom. Out shopping for an inaugural ball gown, she nodded agreeably when his eye fastened on a "blush orchid" satin number with beaded bodice and boat neckline. Said she: "George chose it, I tried it on. and away we went."

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