People: Dec. 31, 1984

'Twas the week before Christinas, and all through the House, not a motion was stirring ... But that did not stop Speaker Tip O'Neill, 72, from mounting the podium. The venerable Democrat journeyed to his home state last week to narrate A Visit from St. Nicholas with the Boston Pops. Although O'Neill had rehearsed with the orchestra only once, neither he nor Conductor John Williams missed a beat, even when the audience interrupted the narrative with laughter and applause whenever O'Neill's eyebrows started moving con brio. Afterward the Speaker confessed that he had...

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