Foreign News: The Plug-Ugly American

The plot read like the scenario of an old Sydney Greenstreet movie, but the main character was all too real. Rugged, soft-voiced Ted Lewin, 52, is an American ex-prizefighter with a taste for dark shirts, penthouses, air-conditioned Cadillacs and shadowy wheelings and dealings. In and out of Manila, in the past two decades, he has turned many a fast peso.

Born Theodore Lieweraenowski in New York City, Lewin was a man who had had several brushes with the law but no convictions when he set out in 1939 to promote wrestling matches and open a cabaret in Manila. When the Japanese attacked...

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