The World: Good Show for the Blimps

WITH an emphatic beat on a giant ceremonial drum, Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere launched a nationwide celebration marking his East African country's tenth anniversary of independence from Britain. On hand for the twelve days of merrymaking were the Presidents of four neighboring states. So were some 80 former colonial civil servants whom Nyerere brought from London aboard a chartered VC10—in keeping with a promise he had made in 1961 —to see what the country had accomplished in its first decade of iihurii (freedom). Amused locals promptly nicknamed the East African Airways jetliner the...

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