Modern Living: Lunchtime Lotharios

As most bachelors have learned, a luncheon invitation to a bright, attractive female often meets with a wary rebuff. To improve the odds for success, a group of men who claim to be the "cream of the crop" of San Francisco bachelors have banded together to attract good-looking lunch dates. They call their organization the Tuesday Downtown Operators and Observers, and they pursue their goals and girls with such single-minded fervor that the club has become something of a city institution.

It started in 1949, when Linn Alexander, who then worked for IBM,...

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