National Affairs: Pied Piper

"I was becoming a prisoner," said 23-year-old Ronald Jacobowitz, manager of a Detroit dance studio, "a prisoner of that ridiculous machine," and he pointed at his television set. His mustache aquiver, Brooklyn-born Jacobowitz added: "I decided to go somewhere where I could be my own man."

Jacobowitz made his decision a few months ago: he would quit nerve-jangling Detroit (pop. 1,910,200), take his wife and child north to live the unadorned homesteader's life near Moose Pass (pop. 70), Alaska. Before he could get moving, Jacobowitz was besieged by dozens of other families that wanted to go along. By last week he was...

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