The Pro Football Hall of Fame Club recently decided to present rings to all the living members of the Hall of Fame. The contract went to the L.G. Balfour jewelry firm, and it seemed to present no problem. Only 37 honorees are living and that is not much of a job for a firm that provides rings for graduating classes numbering in the thousands. But then they heard Bronko Nagurski's ring size. Tiffany, in New York, carries rings up to size 12. Balfour was equipped to go up to a 14½. Bronko Nagurski required a 19½. "Are you sure?" Bronko was asked, and he said, "Right. Size 19½. Same as my shirt collar." A size 19½ ring is about 8.5 centimeters, or more than three inches in circumference.
British Author William Golding (below) recently set out from Shoreham, on England's Sussex Coast, for a holiday sail on his yacht, the 23-ton Tenace. It was to be a gentle cruise through the canals of France and to the Mediterranean, but less than 24 hours out the Tenace was struck by a Japanese cargo ship, the Heian Maru. Golding, with his family and crew, was saved, but the Tenace, described by Golding as "old, quaint and beautiful," was so badly damaged that she sank. The 55-year-old Golding is a former navy man who has said, "I am always intensely apprehensive when I approach water. It is a fear-courage relationship."
As it happens, in a book he wrote in 1956 entitled Pincher Martin, Golding described with agonizing clarity the death by drowning of its hero. He doubtless mourns the Tenace, but anyone who has read Pincher Martin can rest assured that this captain had no intention of going down with his ship.
As noted earlier, Prince Claus of The Netherlands has been making a grim effort to learn to ride a horse. Perhaps the effort was too grim. The Amsterdam papers report that last week Prince Claus joined the annual four-day tour around the Netherlands town of Nijmegen. It was a walking tour.
August 6, 1967
Lindsay's Lancers, as New York Mayor John Lindsay's Softball team is perhaps too grandly named, came through again last week, losing another game to The Mad Show team and keeping its record pure and unblemished. This, the second game between the Lancers and the New York show-business team, was played in Yankee Stadium as an embellishment to the endeavors of the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins, who were engaged in a doubleheader. Ringers for The Mad Show team included Manager Godfrey Cambridge, Woody Allen, George C. Scott, Jason Robards, Leonard Lyons, Alan King and George Plimpton. The Lancers comprised the usual lot of commissioners, deputy mayors and whatnot. Lindsay himself was present in a purely managerial capacity, but he failed to outmanage Godfrey Cambridge. The show-business team took the game 5-0, and Alan King got to say to the New York City administration, "So you guys thought we were a bunch of drunkards who stayed out all night. Well, we showed you!" Mayor Lindsay did receive a check for $3,000 for his play-street program, though, and the way things were going in New York last week it must have been welcome.
While William Golding was losing a yacht, Richard and Elizabeth Burton (shown below at a tennis exhibition in Switzerland) were acquiring one. The Burtons recently purchased the 61-year-old Odysseia, a yacht built, according to Burton, "for an eccentric Englishman who installed an organ and used to take her out to sea and play Bach during thunderstorms." Richard has had the organ replaced with a bar.
Once you have braved the cold of Mt. Everest, the iciness of a mere prime minister apparently does not get to you. Sir Edmund Hillary observed not long ago in an address to a group of schoolboys in Auckland, New Zealand, "It horrifies me the way a head of state can, in one moment, deny vehemently that his country is carrying out some particular action—and then, a couple of days later, and with complete calmness, admit the whole thing." Sir Edmund had intended no specific accusations, but the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Keith Holyoake, took the remark personally and protesting, one suspects too much, called it "unwarranted...an astonishing and appalling innuendo!" But nobody squelches Sir Edmund. He not only refused to retract his observations, he added to them. "Having been berated by the Prime Minister, I suppose the only thing left is to retreat to the Antarctic and commune with the seals. When you kick them in the stomach they just grunt and go back to sleep."
Mike Livingston is scheduled to replace Mac White as quarterback of the SMU football team, and, when the time comes, if Mike is alive he certainly should be ready. He has recently survived a serious appendectomy, the birth of his second child and an attack by a knife-wielding aspiring escapee from the Dallas County jail, where he was employed with Halfback Jim Hagle as a guard. Livingston may need a little exercise, but, as far as a quarterback's nerves go, it is hard to see how SMU could work out a more strenuous training program.