Spanish artist Salvador Dali, in his room at Hotel Del Monte, puts his “Thought Compression Chamber” over his head.

He has just been asked by Samuel F.B. Morse, owner and founder of Del Monte Properties, and Herbert Cerwin, Morse’s publicist, if they can put on a party in Dali’s honor. An epic party, they say, the likes of which has never been seen on the Monterey Peninsula, and of which Dali could control every artistic detail.

With his head inside the chamber, which he says stimulates ideas, the answer becomes clear: Yes.

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