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JAMES ARENDER

Oct. 03, 1960
Oct. 03, 1960

Table of Contents
Oct. 3, 1960

Cover
Yesterday
World Series
Huskies
Surf Fishing
  • Neither rain nor sleet nor dark threats from his wife can stay the dogged surf fisherman from the slow completion of his appointed—and often fruitless—rounds. Buffeted by the waves, perplexed by the weather, baffled by the fish, he plods nightly to the sea, full of hope and neuroses

College Football
  • By Robert Boyle

    Northwestern's experienced backs and green line led the Big Ten back to the top, a Texas halfback straightened out and Lehigh's engineers turned the pressure on Delaware

Pro Football
Automobiles
Harness Racing
Baseball Music
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

JAMES ARENDER

Diving for gold

While the U.S. Olympians were making headlines in Rome last month, a small band of sporting pioneers was winning athletic honors and friends for America behind the Iron Curtain. The occasion was the fifth world parachuting championships, in which sky-divers from 12 nations competed at Sofia, Bulgaria.

This is an article from the Oct. 3, 1960 issue Original Layout

The American team in this new sport consisted of two women and four men, one of whom, Dick Fortenberry, took off from a height of 6,600 feet to land in the center of a target for the first zero (i.e., right on the bull's-eye) leap ever made in world competition. Dick dislocated his elbow on the next jump, however, and had to withdraw, leaving it up to his teammate, Jim Arender, to defend the national honor. A 20-year-old Army paratroop sergeant with just 15 months of jumping experience, Arender stepped from a Russian biplane high above Sofia, opened his chute and executed a near-perfect pattern of body turns and rolls. His two jumps totaled 449.5 points, three more than his nearest rival. The result: a gold medal for Jim Arender in the style event and the first world parachute championship ever won for the U.S.

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