The Press: Fun at the Opera House

Manhattan's press used to cover opening nights at the Metropolitan Opera with awed respect, hat-in-hand. It took a man standing on his head at the Met to show tabloid editors what they had been missing. So last week 80 photographers, columnists, society reporters and legmen, not counting the critics, moved in on the opening. They saw plenty. And—except for the well-bred school (Times, Herald Tribune and Sun)—they told all.

ERMINE WINS, MINK 2ND IN MET OPEN, headlined a who-wore-what story in the tabloid Mirror. Newsmen blinked at luscious Lucius Beebe, one of their...

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