Americana: Naval Bombardment

Keith Mahosky, 20, is a second classman at the U.S. Naval Academy who winks back when opportunity smiles. His latest chance came in a contest sponsored by WBKZ, a Baltimore radio station. The challenge was to identify ten songs and singers from excerpts of tunes played on the air. The winner would get $10,000 worth of gold and silver jewelry.

The musical quiz turned out to be a snap for Mahosky, who, with the help of five academy friends, set out to rig the odds in his favor. They chipped in a total of $100, paid a printer to run off 75,000...

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