Art: Sarasota Success Story

When Philip Hanson Hiss, 48, settled down to the real estate business in booming Sarasota, Fla. (pop. 45,000), he quickly established a reputation for being a damyankee with the loudest mouth around. What Hiss found to shout about was the school building program. Says he: "When I got the facts I went wild. Some of the schools were downright unsanitary. The rest rooms were so bad the kids wouldn't even go to the bathroom. And the curriculum was just as bad." In 1953 a friend jokingly challenged him to run for the school board. A self-styled Renaissance man who never went...

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