The Administration: Durable Crocodile

The cast read like one of Frank Sullivan's Christmas paeans in The New Yorker. Many of the 80 guests' costumes—each supposed to represent some stage of the guest of honor's life —looked as if they had been assembled for an underground movie. Host Robert Kennedy greeted arrivals in an ankle-length ambassadorial cutaway. Actress Melina Mercouri, in black velvet pants, did her best to impersonate "a little boy"—and was never less convincing. Charles Addams disguised himself as a locomotive engineer. For reasons best known to herself, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was decked out as...

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