Campaign Portrait, Paul Simon: Some of That Old-Time Religion

Some of That Old-Time Religion Simon's simple sermon catches fire

"You must have been a beautiful baby."

Hard to believe, but Paul Simon was, and his mother saved the yellowed newspaper clipping to prove it. Simon, then three, was voted the "prettiest boy baby" by his hometown paper, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, in 1932.

"But, baby, look at you now."

Not even Hans Christian Andersen could invent a presidential candidate as ugly-duckling as Simon: floppy earlobes, horn-rimmed glasses, a putty-like face and a bow tie. Yet the rumble-voiced Illinois Senator has magically emerged as a swan in the Democratic race, partly by playing on his rumpled lack of glamour. Staring into...