CUBA: Ambassador of Fun

For costly, uninhibited frolic. Havana's only rival in Latin America is Rio. Last week the two high-living cities got set for a comparison by an expert: Cuban Industrialist Burke Hedges, 46. In his own Lockheed Lodestar, Hedges circled Rio's Santos Dumont airport one sunny afternoon, set down, stepped out with his secretary, valet, fulltime flight crew. Reason for the move: Hedges is Cuba's new Ambassador to Brazil.

Hedges owed his appointment to an old and close relationship with Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. Born a U.S. citizen in Patchogue. L.I.. and educated at Georgia's Oglethorpe University, he went to Cuba...

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