National Affairs: The C.T.E.I.T.L.A.T.H.T.

Among the operagoers who heard Italian Tenor Mario Del Monaco sing at Milan's La Scala last week was a blind woman named Irene Meyer, 33, from Gaithersburg, Md. Two years before, she had heard him sing Radames in Aïda at Manhattan's Metropolitan. Stricken with incurable diabetes, Irene told friends in Gaithersburg that what she wanted most of all was to hear Del Monaco once again. What happened could have happened only in the U.S., where people 1) form committees, 2) believe that dreams come true. Irene went to Milan on funds donated by The Committee to Enable Irene to Listen Again...

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