A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 21, 1967

RAY the Shark is a middle-aged tourist hypnotized by the lure of Las Vegas, and his fling at the gaming tables provides the atmospheric opening section of this week's Essay on gambling. Ray the Shark is better known as Ray Kennedy, associate editor of TIME. As the Essay's author, he could not resist the rare opportunity of writing himself into a story. The first thing that struck him during several days of research in Las Vegas was the lavishness of the accommodations. Checking into a motel with his wife Patsy, he was offered a...

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