The Bear Bryant Hilton

Oct. 11, 1965
Oct. 11, 1965

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Oct. 11, 1965

Bighorn Sheep
  • Few if any hunters ever have been butted to death by a bighorn sheep. Despite this seemingly encouraging fact, the bighorn is generally considered the most challenging trophy in North America. This is less because of what it is than of where it goes—up cliff, down canyon, sometimes almost in air. Even on a well-organized trip the bighorn is hard to get. Given a drunken guide, a mountain full of snappish rattlesnakes and some fairly tender feet—well, such an adventure can become pretty hairy, as this diary of a week in Idaho's Primitive Area painfully reveals.

Horse Shows
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

The Bear Bryant Hilton

Football may not be king at the University of Alabama, but it lives like one in the ultimate of athletic dormitories. Coach Paul (Bear) Bryant's palace-away-from-home for proven players cost $1 million when completed in the spring of 1963. Brick colonial on the exterior, Italian provincial inside, the dorm is fully air-conditioned and houses 130 boys, two to a spacious room (upper right), 100 of them football players, 20 basketball, six baseball and four track men. Golfers, tennis players or swimmers might qualify "if they're winners," says Publicist Charley Thornton. The dorm has a library, two study rooms, a recreation room, a TV room with a 23-inch color television set, and two full-time dieticians to make the dining room hours (opposite) pass heartily. Steak is served every night and twice on Saturday. There are four luxury guest rooms for visiting mamas and papas. A swimming pool is to be added off the back (it was not put in immediately because, as Coach Bryant's wife said, "some people might think it a bit much") and Bryant has ordered a fountain for the front lawn. Last April the state legislature named the dorm Paul W. Bryant Hall, but it may be having second thoughts. Already this season Alabama has lost, and some legislators may be wondering if life has not become just a little too soft in Paul W. Bryant Hall.

This is an article from the Oct. 11, 1965 issue

It could be the lobby of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. It is, in fact, the entrance foyer of the athletes' dorm, where players and a proud Paul Bryant pose among marble columns, Italian lanterns and prints of Roman ruins.