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The Question: Which is of greater value to a man, a Phi Beta Kappa key or an All-America football selection?

Oct. 25, 1954
Oct. 25, 1954

Table of Contents
Oct. 25, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Soundtrack
Spectacle
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Winning Combination
Weidman's Burden
  • Father Weidman, a larcenous lover of long shots, learns a thing or two from seven-year-old John, to wit: lay your money on the line and let the odds go hang

Under 21
First Scent
A Place To Be
Sporting Look
Motor Sports
Baseball
Acknowledgments
Fisherman's Calendar
Yesterday
  • Red Grange hit Pennsylvania like a tornado, silencing those Eastern skeptics for all time

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

The Question: Which is of greater value to a man, a Phi Beta Kappa key or an All-America football selection?

The Answers:

This is an article from the Oct. 25, 1954 issue

BERNARD M.BARUCH
NEW YORK
STATESMAN-FINANCIER
"That depends on what is done with All-America honors or a Phi Beta Kappakey. If the Phi Bete is disciplined and knows how to apply his knowledge, thekey is preferable. But the All-America is a vibrant personality. His reputationand personality will take him far if he is disciplined."

JOSEPH PULITZERJR.
PUBLISHER
ST. LOUIS
Post-Dispatch
"The Phi Beta Kappa key. Seldom does an All-America step ahead of a PhiBete. Football is a great game. Those playing it are good sportsmen. I mean noreflection when I say that only a few years ago 'football tramp' was a commonsports expression, now seldom heard."

HOPE HAMPTON
PALM BEACH
FAMOUS BEAUTY
"The Phi Beta Kappa key. A woman can get by being dumb and beautiful, butnot a man. Anytime these days most things may be destroyed in an atomic war.Knowledge is the one thing that will remain. Knowledge to start over andrebuild. Our Phi Beta Kappas will be our greatest asset."

GRAYSON L.KIRK
PRESIDENT
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
"The Phi Beta Kappas and the All-Americas usually go farther than mostcollege men. As an educator, I may be prejudiced, but I think the key is morevaluable. Not the key itself, but the knowledge gained and how to useknowledge. Of course, a man can have both. That's ideal."

FRANCISCARDINAL
SPELLMAN
ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK
"Each year approximately 5,000 persons win their Phi Beta Kappa keys.Collectively, they should go far in life and exert a great influence. But thereare only 11 All-Americas each year. They also must be very intelligent.Percentagewise, it's better to be an All-America, I think."

CARROLL F.GROSS
LANSING, MICH.
TV EXECUTIVE
In my business I'd rather have the All America. His reputation gives him anentree. Everyone wants to help him. His All-America tag is a valuable salestool. In today's complicated football, the All-America must have a keen mind tobe one of the chosen 11."

HERBERT BAYARDSWOPE
FORMER EDITOR
NEW YORK World
"Usually, the bigger the bulk, the smaller the brain. But when you get agreat player with a big brain, you have the great leader. I was an All-Westernat the age of 16. If someone had offered me an All-America selection for my PhiBeta Kappa key, it would have been a great temptation."

J. EDGARHOOVER
WASHINGTON, D.C.
DIRECTOR FBI
"The All-America. He is a natural leader. Since Walter Camp selected hisfirst mythical team in 1889, there have been 704 All-Americas. During the sameperiod, approximately 135,000 have won Phi Beta Kappa keys. A much greaterpercentage of the 704 football stars have become leaders."

DANIEL G.ARNSTEIN
MIAMI BEACH, FLA.
TRANSPORT EXPERT
"The All-America tag opens more doors than the Phi Beta Kappa key. When Iwas getting supplies moving along the Burma Road in the last war, the Phi Betesnever impressed me the way the All-Americas did. A friend of mine lost his PhiBeta Kappa key in a crap game."

CLAIRECHENNAULT
MONROE, LA.
GEN. "FLYING TIGERS"
"The All-Americas make better Army, Navy and Air Force officers. A boy whocan instinctively elude tacklers in a broken fields is a potentials Air Forceace. However, if a young man is going into the professions or wants to teach,the Phi Beta kappa key is of greater value."

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