United Nations: Professional Youths

"You see that Russian delegate with the gray hair?" a 27-year-old Scandinavian confided to a reporter at the United Nations World Youth Assembly. "He was an oldtimer when I was at my first conference five years ago."

It was indeed old home week for many of the 638 delegates who traveled to Manhattan from 112 countries for what U Thant had billed as an "unprecedented worldwide meeting" of youth. Nearly a third of the "young people" were over 25; one owned up to being 47. Several sported the thinning hair and thickening waistlines that characterize the men who are...

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