THE WIVES: Contest of the Queens

It was a battle in red and aqua, a regal contest between the strikingly handsome, radiantly smiling wives of the presidential candidates at either end of convention hall. By engaging in light-hearted maneuver, Nancy Reagan, queen of the north galleries, and Betty Ford, queen of the south, relieved the tense arithmetic of the delegate fight. In this spirited display of elegance, it was impossible to declare a winner.

Nancy made the first move. On opening night she appeared, a stunning study in red, in the glass-enclosed VIP booth high above the floor on the north end. Cheering her as a...

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