The Press: Slow Boat to China

Scripps-Howard's wisecracking, globetrotting Fred Sparks, 42, was lolling on a New Jersey beach when his office put through an urgent call: get to Hong Kong and be ready to enter Red China. Sparks normally wears a toupee over thinning hair, but he had just shaved his scalp for a cool vacation, and the toupee had nothing to cling to. So Fire-Horse Sparks rushed off without it, had a hair-curling time persuading Hong Kong immigration officials that he was really the fur-bearing man pictured on his passport. Snorted Sparks last week: "I don't see now why I was in such a hurry."...

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