THE ROAD: Ladies' Day

Some of the hardest-working performers in show business are to be found neither in Hollywood nor on TV screens but on the creamed-chicken circuit. The nation's 22,000 women's clubs spend about $10 million a year in fees for top-name lecturers, traveloguers and other platform Poloniuses. After the cream of the chicken is ladled out, along come the hundreds of lesser performers who cannot get bookings through the major agencies. For them, job opportunities are offered on Thursday mornings in an ancient littb hall at Chicago's Art Institute. There the presidents and program...

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