The Johnson Era

At the first postwar opening of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera last week, there were 400 standees. The opening's $15,000 box office was the highest in four years.

For white ties, ermines and orchids, it was almost like old times. Mrs. Harry Truman and daughter Mary Margaret sat in the flag-draped center box No. 35 of Thomas J. Watson, regular holder. Ex-Singer Ganna Walska generously exposed her midriff in a Lakme sort of gown and stole the show, so far as the tabloid cameramen were concerned, from Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh, 79-year-old "Tiffany's front window," who...

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