REPUBLICANS,ARMED FORCES: Miami Beach Bingo

REPUBLICANS

Even as the Democrats set themselves to the task of selecting a presidential candidate, the Republicans were thrust into the quandary of choosing a new convention site. Until recently, G.O.P. leaders were busily making plans for an Aug. 21 convention in San Diego. But a massive problem soon cropped up in the person of Peter Graham, 42, new operator of the San Diego International Sports Arena, where the convention was to have been held.

A Vancouver, B.C., businessman and archetypal eccentric millionaire, Graham took a 45-year lease on the sports palace last August....

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