People, Jun. 16, 1958

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For Michigan's first lady, it seems, nothing is too good—or too big. In the limelight at a 43rd birthday party for Governor Gerhard Mennen ("Soapy") Williams' wife Nancy was a great big cake thoughtfully donated by a Lansing restaurateur, who happens to have the cafeteria concession in the new State Office Building. Modeled after the State Capitol, the 48-layer, 4½-ft-tall goody measured 22 ft. in perimeter, weighed 650 Ibs., required 500 eggs, 90 Ibs. of butter, 120 Ibs. of sugar, was hauled to Detroit...

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