OPINION: Roman Holiday

Harry Truman was—as one correspondent described him—"an incredible combination of Mark Twain, Jim Pendergast and the man next door" as he bounced from relic to ruin through Rome, Naples, Paestum and Pompeii last week. He tested the red wine, ravioli and lasagne, found fettuccine "like spaghetti but with no holes." He slept later than usual, ordered Stateside breakfasts of juice, bacon, rolls and coffee, went sightseeing all day and into the evening.

In Paestum's Greco-Roman ruins, Harry studied an ancient statue, decided since "Mars never smiled" and "Apollo has no beard," the figure must be Zeus. It was. Another statue...

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