Leisure: Cold Wind in Clubland

A club, according to Dr. Samuel Johnson's famed dictionary, is "an assembly of good fellows, meeting under certain conditions." The conditions have changed considerably during the last generation or so, and the good fellows of another era would choke on their bathtub gin to see some of the things that are going on today in those citadels of the social order known as gentlemen's clubs.

Ladies swish and titter in rooms once sacrosanct to cognac and cigars. Clubs that once disdained "activities" now stage musical evenings, lectures, seminars and even dances to...

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