Loves the smoking and drinking.
Back then, well, the world was no less complicated, but people were far less afraid of it.
Americans were confident and believed they could get the job done, the job that was in front of them. It wasn’t always true and it didn’t always work, but people were not constantly afraid of eating the wrong food or saying the wrong thing or running into the twerps who had something to say about it.
And there weren’t any Head Nurse mayors running around a much more sophisticated Manhattan telling people what he thought they should have for dinner. If anything, I’d bet that Robert Wagner, New York’s mayor back then, had a bottle of whisky in his desk drawer in emulation of then former President Harry Truman.