Torts: Honor on a Ski Lift

One summer afternoon in 1963, a teen-age couple boarded a ski lift to sur vey the view from a peak in New York's Catskill Mountains. After lingering on the mountaintop at the Belleayre Ski Center, 16-year-old Ruth Fried man and her 19-year-old companion, Jack Katz, decided to return. Partway down, the lift suddenly rumbled to a halt. The attendant had presumably closed the lift for the day, and no one heard the couple's shouts.

Since it was 25 feet to the ground, it looked as if Ruth and Jack would be stranded until morning. But Ruth, a Brooklyn girl who...

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