In Jersey City, 67-year-old Mrs. Annie Kohlbecker sagged in her bed, overcome by a stroke. Six policemen came, struggled two and one-half hours to get her down one flight of stairs to an ambulance. She had not left her apartment since the day she arrived in a van 15 years before. Her weight: 450 lb.
In Akron, O., Marvin Shearer, 70, surveyed with pride a timepiece he had completed after ten years. Big as a horse-van, more ornate than a cathedral altar, the monstrous gimcrack every hour tells the time in 27 different cities, plays a pipe organ, sings, talks. At...