Liberty's Ringmaster of Ceremonies

In the turbulent mid-Manhattan headquarters of Liberty Weekend, one figure remains noticeably calm: veteran Producer David Wolper, the ringmaster of the four-day jubilee. Although besieged by last-minute problems and battered by criticism, Wolper, 58, relies on the experience of his 37 years and 160 awards in the entertainment world to steady his nerves. "If you go into these things thinking it's going to be a Pollyanna situation, you won't survive," he observes. Nevertheless, the strain shows. After six months as Liberty Weekend chairman, creating a celebration that is part official, part spectacular and totally public, his normally tanned cheeks are almost...

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