Ordinarily a winning race driver is conscientious, even enthusiastic, about his victor's duty to kiss the young lady presenting him with his trophy. Graham Hill, for example, took his responsibility so seriously after last year's Indianapolis 500 that press photographers will long remember his performance with respect and gratitude. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Race Driver Mark Donohue at Riverside, Calif. last week. On Sunday Donohue won his second victory in the current U.S. Road Racing Championship series, but he proceeded to wrap himself with considerably more enthusiasm around the champagne than around the girl, English Model Twiggy (below). Perhaps this explains why a company that manufactures stick shifts and employs a Miss Golden Shifter (who is not shaped like a stick shift) has made no move to replace her with a Twiggy (who is).
Alexander Aldrich, executive director of the Hudson River Valley Commission and a cousin of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, courageously planned to participate in last weekend's White Water Derby on New York's upper Hudson River. A novice canoeist, Aldrich was game enough to take on a nasty long stretch of boulder-studded white water in hopes of getting a little publicity for his battle against stream pollution, and on Saturday he turned up with his wife and four children, ready to go. But who should also turn up but Senator Robert Kennedy, with his wife and seven of his children, plus niece Caroline Kennedy, James Whittaker, the first American to climb Everest, and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall; by late Saturday Kennedy's party was reported to number 24 people. About all poor Aldrich could have done for publicity "to help make the public aware of the pleasures possible in unpolluted waters" was to drown.
On April 29 Jim Ryun received a prize in the 22nd Annual National Intercollegiate Photo Competition. The competition, sponsored by the University of Missouri school of journalism, the National Press Photographers' Assn., the World Book Encyclopedia Science Service, Inc. and National Geographic, is the largest student competition in the U.S. and this year had a record 1,000 (plus or minus) entries. Ryun took second place in the sports division with his photograph of Kansas City Chief Halfback Mike Garrett being tackled in midair. On the same day Ryun also happened to bring his team in first in the Drake Relays with his second sub-four-minute mile in two days. Of course, there were a mere 60 entries in the race.
A frog named Eureka may be said to have hit the medium-size time last week. Previously unknown, he was tapped to jump at Del Mar, Calif. as the entry of the Jumping Frog Jamboree's Official Honorary Grand Marshal, Governor Ronald Reagan. The Jamboree is only the world's second largest frog-jumping contest. Governor Reagan, owing to the press of business, did not appear in person, and Eureka was outjumped even by State Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh's frog, Big Daddy. But hang in there, Eureka. Behind every "overnight" success in show business there is a tale of years of work and heartbreak.
Skier Jean-Claude Killy was awarded the first Alpine Ski World Cup at Evian, France last week. Very naturally, the press photographed him upon this occasion. Fairly naturally, they included in the photograph French women skiers Florence Steurer, Marielle Goitschel and Annie Famose. But, inexplicably, they had Killy pose (above) as the son of William Tell and the girls, all three of them, as his father.
"I decided to play Perry Mason and defend myself," former Race Driver Stirling Moss said of a recent go-round with a London court, and he emerged from the proceedings with a Masonic triumph. Charged with parking illegally in ambulance space outside a London hospital, Moss argued in his own defense that his car had been parked to pick up his wife and new baby and so constituted an ambulance. "It seems to me that if one can't go to hospital on a Saturday morning to collect a person and use the space provided for ambulances it is not very fair," Moss summed up, in what somehow comes across as more of a bleat than a trumpet call. One wonders if, logically, a car should count as an ambulance when its function is to take a well person home, and if Moss was perhaps requesting a bit of egg in his beer when he complained as the case was dismissed, "The only thing I am annoyed about is that I wasn't awarded costs."
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sellers have bought a yacht. They plan to use it from July through September, which is three whole months, so one can rest assured that they are going to get their money's worth out of it. The motor yacht will cost "at least $210,000," Sellers explains, "because of the many extras. Things to stop it from sinking, like a bottom."
Russian Tennis Star Alexander Metreveli has been chosen for the second year in a row to play in the annual mid-Wimbledon cricket match against a team of tennis writers. He may do better this June. Last year, upon learning of his selection, Metreveli said, "Cricket? I thought it was an English food."