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THE COLD WAR MELTS ON THE ICE

April 27, 1959
April 27, 1959

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April 27, 1959

Coming Events
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  • Cash pours into 300 windows, at $25,000 per minute, between harness races at Yonkers Raceway where, last week, a world-record one-night handle off $2,531,060 was set. Within seconds after each race, a small army off men and machines has computed prices on the winning horses, and cashiers at 200 other windows begin honoring winning tickets. Here are the steps between morning line and payoff

Harness Racing
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19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE COLD WAR MELTS ON THE ICE

Although not as kulturni, dialectically speaking, as Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet (Galina Ulanova & Co.), which is now playing to S.R.O. audiences in New York's Metropolitan Opera House, a jazzy, almost proletarian U.S. ice show called Holiday on Ice (Dick Button & Co.) is now playing to S.R.O. audiences in Moscow's Sports Palace.

This is an article from the April 27, 1959 issue

Ice shows are relatively new to the U.S.S.R. (Indeed, Russia, though it boasts splendid speed skaters and ice hockey players, has never had a medalist in international figure skating competition.) Two years ago the schmaltzy Viennese Ballet on Ice played Moscow and so impressed the comrades that they founded their own Russian Ice Review. Its repertory consists mostly of sentimental ballet and circus routines, and it nearly had a ruinous end this winter when a star trapeze performer landed on the ice and fell on his face; he couldn't skate.

One afternoon this month Review staged a joint performance with the principals of Holiday, a show depicted here. "A very valuable lesson," mused Pravda—"the cordial reception melted the ice of the cold war." "Sport is not a political matter," mused Button. "It is cultural."

PHOTOHOWARD SOCHUREK—LIFEAFTER THE PERFORMANCE, THE FORMER WORLD AND OLYMPIC CHAMPION, DICK BUTTON, LEADS ICE SHOW CAST ABOUT THE RINK AS ENTHUSIASTIC MUSCOVITES CROWD THE RAIL TO APPLAUDPHOTOHOWARD SOCHUREK—LIFESAILOR CLOWNS GUY LONGPRE, LLOYD FARNSWORTH AND ROBERT BLAKE CUT UPPHOTOHOWARD SOCHUREK—LIFERUSSIAN CHORUS LINE FROM MOSCOW'S OWN COMPANY DO A PENGUIN NUMBERPHOTOHOWARD SOCHUREK—LIFELONGPRE WAS HIT, FOR RUSSIANS FEEL THAT CLOWNS ARE TOO RARE IN U.S.S.R.