People, Jan. 12, 1959

A mite miffed when woolly-mopped Pianist Van Cliburn begged out from their ceremonial dinner (reason: a prior engagement), the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce brooded once more, decided that Prodigy Van was not really one of the nation's ten outstanding young men of 1958 after all, instead named fresh-faced Crooner Pat Boone.

Sir Winston Churchill, whose major contribution to British tailoring was the blimp-skinned, zippered "siren suit" of World War II, came armed with an eye-grabbing gimmick to a London performance of daughter Sarah in the title role of Peter Pan. The fist-warming addition to Churchilliana: a beaver muff.

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