People: Sep. 13, 1963

When a scruffy, red-haired kid of 15 left town 35 years ago, no one took much note, but last week 35,000 lined the streets of Vincennes, Ind. (pop. 18,000), to honor the return of "Comedian, Philanthropist, Hoosier" Red Skelton, 50. There was an honorary degree from Vincennes University, a distinguished citizenship award and, best of all, a $1,800,000 bridge over the Wabash named for him. "All right, everybody off my bridge," cried a delighted Red at the dedication. He had learned to swim in the Wabash, he said, "and boy, it was stuffy in...

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