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GO FLY A KITE

Oct. 17, 1955
Oct. 17, 1955

Table of Contents
Oct. 17, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
A Dream Of Glory
Game Of The Week
  • Having lost to the Cadets in all five of their previous games, Michigan took drastic revenge 26-2, moving a step closer to the Rose Bowl and knocking unbeaten Army out of First Ten. Halfback Terry Barr (No. 41 left and below) was bright new Michigan star

The Wonderful World Of Sport
ASIAN SPORTS AND GAMES 1
  • When a Bangkok girl gives her boy friend this advice, she may be trying to build him up—not let him down

Eastern Football
  • Yale's former coach differs with Yale's president (see page 19) on the care and training of Ivy, but he concedes that there is still plenty of hot competition among his old friends in Yankeeland

Acknowledgments
Yesterday/When Brooklyn Won The Series
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

GO FLY A KITE

When a Bangkok girl gives her boy friend this advice, she may be trying to build him up—not let him down

The battle of the sexes takes strange forms around the world. Artist John Groth, who has depicted some of its bizarre aspects in the past, encountered what may be its oddest manifestation in Thailand recently while on tour for SI. This is kite fighting, in which masculine size and strength, represented by the chula (above, left) is pitted against the smaller, speedier female of the kite species, the pakpao. Teams of four to 20 men send up kites made of thin rice paper and seasoned bamboo and engage each other with the purpose of bringing down the opposing "him" or "her" in their own court. At left, Groth has painted kite fighting's World Series, staged by the Thai Traditional Sports Association on the huge green Pramane Parade Grounds near Bangkok's Imperial Palace. Not only a popular pastime for many centuries, kiteflying also brightens Thailand folklore. One amorous prince is said to have mounted to his lady love's chamber via a taut kite string.

This is an article from the Oct. 17, 1955 issue Original Layout

ILLUSTRATIONIN COURTS SEPARATED BY A LOW FENCE, OPPOSING TEAMS MANEUVER LARGER, PLUNGING CHULA KITE AND MORE AGILE PAKPAO IN AERIAL COMBAT AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF BANGKOK'S GOLDEN TEMPLESTWO ILLUSTRATIONS