People: Apr. 7, 1961

"People are funny about telephones," mused Oilman J. Paul Getty, the world's richest American, now an expatriate at Sutton Place, his million-dollar Tudor mansion outside London. "They'll come as guests and make long-distance calls all over the world. Even a call to London costs one and three [18¢]." Pounding a tight fist on the table, he recalled the attitude of the late William Randolph Hearst. "He didn't like people to use his telephone without telling him about it. Anyone who did that, whether staff or guest, found his luggage packed." That was going...

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