People: May 4, 1970

His colleagues were taken aback when Dutch Foreign Minister Joseph Luns showed up at a Common Market conference in Luxembourg in his stockinged feet. Red socks at that. Luns explained that his scarlet chaussures were actually a pair of knitted slippers. For sore feet? "No, but these are more comfortable than shoes. It makes me slightly smaller," said the 6-ft. 6-in. diplomat, "and I can think better."

The citation accompanying his honorary degree from the University of Cincinnati ticked off a singular list of occupations: "Delivery boy, dancing teacher, shoe salesman, soda jerk and...

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