A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 19, 1963

One way to see the world is to follow Conrad Hilton about. This is what Andy Kopkind of our Los Angeles bureau has been doing in recent weeks: interviewing his subject on planes, watching him delightedly go through the inevitable ceremonies—a "topping off" in Montreal, hotel openings in London and Rotterdam, groundbreakings in Brussels and Paris—and discovering the precarious world of the newly built. At the London Hilton, Kopkind suffered through a 15-minute elevator ride with Hilton, while the elevator stopped at 25 floors. Something had gone wrong with the mechanism, and once...

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