The Press: Joke Department

On Page One, the Providence Evening Bulletin last week ran a story with an arch note of warning. "A motorist from Cranston [R.I.]," said the story's lead, "sheepishly swears this story is true−but even if it isn't, a newspaper would have to be pretty selfish not to pass it along as he tells it." The story was that a motorist, who refused to identify himself, was driving along Connecticut's Merritt Parkway when his car stalled. He flagged a passing car, asked the woman driving it to give him a push. Since his own car had an automatic transmission, he explained: "You'll...

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