People: People, Apr. 21, 1947

Words & Music

At a 'Hollywood nightclub, Frank Sinatra slugged a Hearst columnist.

Five days later the affair was still not on the United Nations agenda; but a lot of people probably wondered why not. On both U.S. coasts, day after day, Hearst-papers gave the story headlines and space almost fit for an attempted political assassination.

Frankie said he had overheard the columnist—Lee Mortimer of the New York Daily Mirror—refer to him as "that Dago son of a bitch." So he hit him in the jaw, once, and knocked him down. Mortimer said he was...

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