The Press: The Experts Failed to Blush

Esquire is the kind of magazine in which a mother says, "Have a good time at the party and be a good girl," and her daughter replies: "Make up your mind." In Washington last week the Post Office Department began a hearing to determine: 1) whether Esquire's jokes and its "Varga Girl" drawings are obscene (TIME, Oct.11; 2) whether second-class mail privileges should be denied to the widely read (circ. 695,285), 50¢ smoking-room slick.

For four days, balding, humorless Post Office Attorney Calvin Hassell, a pious man and a Boy Scout worker, led witnesses...

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