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Duncan MacElhone; Ran Harry's Bar in Paris

March 28, 1998

Duncan MacElhone, 44, the third generation family member to run Harry's New York Bar in Paris. A graduate of Georgetown University, MacElhone was an investment banker before taking over the family bar in 1984. He followed the footsteps of his father Andrew and grandfather Harry, who founded the bar in 1911. Harry's became a hangout for such American expatriates as writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The straw poll it conducts among patrons on the eve of U.S. presidential elections is heavily attended by many American residents of Paris. Although the results are often wildly off the mark, participants in the boozy event are usually unanimous in praising the atmosphere, replete with streamers and a Dixieland jazz band. The bar is located near the Paris Opera at 5 Rue Daunou and its best known publicity slogan, aimed at foreigners whose thirst is bigger than their knowledge of French, has traditionally been the phrase: "Just tell the taxi driver: Sank Roo Doe Noo." On Wednesday in Paris of complications after surgery.

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