Art: The Well-Taylored Metropolitan

The keeper of Manhattan's massive Metropolitan Museum knew just what he wanted: $7,500,000. Last week the Met's chubby Director Francis Henry Taylor set out to get it. To open the Met's Diamond Jubilee building campaign (the Museum will be 75 next February), Taylor persuaded General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower to come to Manhattan to receive an honorary life fellowship in the Museum, because "through [his] wisdom and foresight many irreplaceable art treasures were saved."

Said General Ike, on his first visit to the Met since his cadet days: "Even the roughest soldiers feel more sympathy with ancient Egyptian art when they...

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