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MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER

July 16, 1956
July 16, 1956

Table of Contents
July 16, 1956

Cincinnati Story
Spectacle
Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Wimbledon
  • By William F. Talbert

    Love, motherhood, severed apron strings and regal loneliness were part of the atmosphere at Wimbledon last week as Lew Hoad and Shirley Fry at last won through to the big titles

Acknowledgments
Motor Sports
Bonnie Prudden
Rafer Johnson
Horse Racing
Outdoor Week
Sports Of The Presidents
Pat On The Back

MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER

One element in any program for physical fitness on which all experts agree is that it calls for exercise of some kind. And the idea of exercise, as such, does not always evoke universal enthusiasm in this country. With some it has even become the style to repeat the comment by Robert Hutchins that whenever he felt the need for exercise he lay down until it passed.

This is an article from the July 16, 1956 issue

But the national problem of physical fitness—as labor saving devices increasingly discourage old-fashioned but reliable exercises like walking, sweeping and starting outboard motors—is not yet a passing one. President Eisenhower was among the first to recognize its seriousness last year when he held a White House luncheon to discuss the alarming findings of Dr. Hans Kraus and Miss Ruth (Bonnie) Prudden on the fitness of our youth. In The Report That Shocked the President, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Aug. 15, 1955) reported the President's concern when he recalled that more than 50% of the men examined for service during the last war were physically unfit to serve. The report shocked SI's readers as well, as mail still coming in a year later attests.

Out of the White House luncheon came the President's Conference on the Fitness of American Youth, held last month in Annapolis (SI, July 2). As a result of its recommendations, the President has promised to create a Council on Youth Fitness at Cabinet level and a Citizens Advisory Committee. Their task, in part, will be to explore the facts of physical fitness and determine what to do about them on a national scale. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will, of course, follow their activities closely.

Meanwhile, in this issue Dorothy Stull explores the activities at a unique obstacle course and gymnasium developed by Miss Prudden, co-author of the original report. Writer Stull, as part of her assignment, challenged the obstacle course as she might a torture chamber. But after conquering its nets, ropes and ledges (see diagram, page 63), she was surprised to find herself in exhilarated agreement with the Westchester housewives who view it with devout enthusiasm.

"It may not solve the national problem," she said, "but it made me forget mine. I never felt better." And that certainly is one thing physical fitness is all about.

PHOTOSPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S STULL ON THE ROPES