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Chilling wind, cheering mob greet Marilyn, Joe in Tokyo

By DON TOWLES | Stars and Stripes | Published: February 2, 1954

TOKYO, Feb. 2 —The world's most beautiful blonde and her "Yankee Clipper" husband came to Tokyo last night amid a freezing wind and 2,500 wild fans who almost turned Tokyo International Airport into a riot.

Misty-eyed, moist-lipped Marilyn Monroe, tired but still smiling after a day which saw their arrival delayed five hours, arid Joe DiMaggio, former Yankee outfielder, arrived aboard a Pan American World Airways plane at 5:45 p.m.

Some 15 minutes later, the newlyweds, accompanied by Frank (Lefty) O'Doul, stepped out on the landing platform of the craft for a brief appearance while the crowd milled and some 200 wildly-shoving photographers fired away. O'Doul, manager of the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League, is here with DiMaggio to help the Japan Central League start training for the 1954 season.

The enthusiasm of the eager greeters sent the group back in the plane. They didn't get off again until 45 minutes later when they slipped through a door on the opposite side, got into a convertible with top up and slipped unnoticed through the crowds lining the streets to make an unobtrusive getaway to the Imperial Hotel.

Meanwhile, a motorcade formed with an open-topped convertible leading the way, but it wasn't Joe and Marilyn, although it fooled most of the crowd and allowed the famous couple to get to the hotel without being noticed.

While some 1,500 people milled in front of the hotel, Joe and Marilyn slipped in the back door, where they were met, interviewed and photographed by Pacific Stars and Stripes reporters.

Questioned at the airport about the possibility of a trip to Korea, Joe replied, that "We're on our honeymoon." It is doubtful that they will attempt the trip.
 

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