The man most immediately responsible for the city of Houston's very considerable preoccupation with sports and fitness is its mayor, Lewis Cutrer, shown here pacing himself through an early-morning mile on a high school track. Mississippi-born Cutrer played varsity football and basketball at Ole Miss, and 34 years after his playing days weighs four pounds less, "although the weight is distributed differently." Cutrer never misses a local football game if he can possibly help it, stars in charity basketball and softball games at the drop of an invitation and, in addition to his track workouts, is a fine golfer, hunter and fisherman.
Cutrer's athletic enthusiasm is felt throughout Houston. Fitness is of real concern to the city's school officials and last summer Houstonians approved by a 4-to-1 margin the construction of an extensive municipal stadium—not so coincidentally, just the place for a major league baseball club. "Personally, I cannot overemphasize the importance of physical exercise," says Cutrer, "and as mayor I know a city grows with sport."