The Folks with First Say

How Iowa, where corn is no longer everything, is shaping the 1988 race

Not since that patter-perfect trombone salesman, Professor Harold Hill, arrived in River City to organize a boys' band has Iowa seen a confidence game this audacious. But where The Music Man set out to hoodwink the locals, this time the tables are turned: Iowa has pulled off a sting on the rest of the nation. Who could have imagined that Iowa of all places could create a $20 million winter tourist industry? This is, after all, a state where the weather is so fierce that Des Moines had to construct a latticework of skywalks to shield shoppers from the wind chill....

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