By Benjamin De Casseres
NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 1933 – I want to be as modest as possible about being the first man in the United States to have a legal drink in 13 years. It didn't involve much effort outside of fast elbow work. The bartender handed me the glass when the flash came across the bar and I flung it head-on at my teeth. The time, I am told, was precisely two and one-half seconds.