MAYOR ROBERT F. WAGNER
New York City
The Army-Notre Dame game is great football and a great attraction. But perfect football becomes secondary when your alma mater is playing. I'm a Yale man. The Harvard-Yale game is one of the oldest of football rivalries. I wouldn't miss it, even when both teams are undermanned.
MAYOR JOHN B. HYNES
It doesn't rank with the Army-Navy game, which is a great tradition. However, there is no better football than the Army-Notre Dame. The so-called subway alumni have adopted Notre Dame as their team, which gives an Army-Notre Dame game a different flavor than an Ivy League contest.
MAYOR NORRIS POULSON
When I was a Congressman, I saw the Army-Navy game every year. Now I see the Rose Bowl game. I expect more finished football in an Army-Notre Dame game, but Army-Navy is a great rivalry where the kids play over their heads. Of course, there's no finer pageantry than the Rose Bowl.
MAYOR ANTHONY J. CELEBREZZE
It has more national appeal than a Big Ten conference game, which is sectional even when they're playing for the conference title. But my team is the Cleveland Browns. The entire country watches when they play for the world championship. You see almost perfect football.
October 13, 1957
RICHARD C. PATTERSON JR.
New York City
Commissioner of Commerce and Public Events
There's no college football game which is technically superior to the Army-Notre Dame game. Top football makes this game what it is, while pageantry and the carnival spirit make the Army-Navy game a spectacle that all of us, including the ladies, will travel many miles to see.
MAYOR EDWARD D. BERGIN
This game has done a lot to build football and arouse public interest. Rivalries like Harvard-Yale, Princeton-Dartmouth and Columbia-Brown are great for New England, but Army-Notre Dame attracts the nation. I'm a Holy Cross grad. We can lick all those teams, except Notre Dame.
MAYOR DAVID L. LAWRENCE
Notre Dame draws everywhere and the Army-Notre Dame game will fill any bowl. Although these teams play top college football, the game is not as great a spectacle and doesn't attract as much national interest as the contest between Army and Navy and some bowl games.
MAYOR C. B. HARVEY
Key West, Fla.
I'd rank the Army-Navy game first in national interest, the Orange Bowl classic second and the Army-Notre Dame game third. I'm not prejudiced about the Orange Bowl. It's grown with the years to the point where the pageantry between the halves is marvelous and unmatched in the country.
MAYOR THOMAS S. WELSH
St. Clair Shores, Mich.
You have to rank the Army-Notre Dame game with the top college classics. The game attracts the attention of every pro football scout in the country and holds the interest of every rabid football fan. It's the one college game played in the same manner that the pros play football.
MAYOR FARRELL D. SMITH
Corpus Christi, Texas
I like to watch this game as much as any traditional classic, but the Cotton Bowl game is more interesting to me because of its local nature. I love to watch Texas, my alma mammy, play but I really hate that sickening feeling I get in my stomach every week when they let me down.