The Press: Them Were the Days

Most Americans who remember the Prohibition Era would rather not. But to Norman Hume Anthony, onetime editor of Judge, Life and Ballyhoo, ft is the time when Americans were happiest. His autobiography, just published, How to Grow Old Disgracefully (Duell, Sloan & Pearce; $3) is a flippant, bawdy, superficial account of phenomenal success and complete comedown in the tricky business of trying to make magazine readers laugh. It is also the most unashamed backward look at the National Bender in a long time.

When Buffalo-born Norm Anthony went to New York as a...

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