A record crowd at the Miami-Notre Dame football game included Oleg Cassini, Senator George Smathers and Richard Nixon. Nixon was rooting for Miami, but Miami lost 22-24. He later observed, "I went to a game in California recently and my team lost that one, too. But, then, I'm used to losing."
The Olympic Committee's Director of Public Affairs is Actor Kirk Douglas, a man who takes the work seriously: "The greatest commodity of any country is its young people. You have to keep thinking, 'The next generation, they will be the ones to straighten out the mess.' If there's to be an interest in the young people in our country there has to be an interest in the young people of all countries. They must communicate, and the Olympics to me is the greatest method. It is a healthy form of dialogue." There are the hippies, of course, and Douglas says, "I don't knock that. I think they have a point, but they're neglecting the whole area of physical fitness. And there is television. I look at my own kids sitting in front of it. When I was a boy I would be out climbing trees and stretching and fighting and doing things." To support the "healthy dialogue" of the Olympics, Douglas is working hard to raise a lot of money. "You'd be amazed," he says, "at the people who think the government sends our athletes." Douglas was particularly compelling last week when he discussed all these points while in full makeup for his current movie about the Mafia. He looked as if you had better believe him or he would have you dumped, attached to a block of cement, into New York's East River.
"Man, I don't work this hard in spring training. You have to be in condition for this hunting-and-fishing business," Willie Mays (below, left) observed recently. Willie was on Catalina Island, making a hunting-and-fishing film for television. He looked fit at five pounds overweight but, he went on, "the muscles in your arms and legs get tired in a hurry if you're not in condition.... I'm not really used to climbing a mountain like a goat, and the quail are harder to hit than a baseball." Willie has never done any of this before—"All I did was play ball, even when I was a little boy"—but his instructor, Joe Foss, says, "Willie has the best natural swing for a beginner that I have ever seen. I told him to swing the gun like he does a bat and follow through, and he followed my instructions beautifully." What a surprise. They will be telling us next that Willie has a good eye.
Juan Carlos of Spain is a man who, in his wish to become a king, is dependent upon the will of a dictator, but now he has a more immediate ambition that will require his going the democratic route. Juan Carlos would like to represent Spain in the Olympic Games. At 29 he is accomplished in several sports and was quoted, at one point, as saying, "I'm best at horse-riding, so maybe I'll try for a place on the equestrian team." Now he is reported to have decided on yachting instead. In any case, Juan Carlos goes every morning at 7 o'clock to Madrid to work out with gymnastics, punchball and judo: he already holds the black belt in karate. "Everyone should keep in shape," he is quoted as saying. Certainly any man should who is trying out for the Olympics and dealing with General Franco.
"Whatever Ozzie touches turns to gold," his design director has said of Oscar Olson. The quote presumably does not apply to the Detroit Cougars soccer team, of which he is a co-owner, but there was enough Olson luck recently to offset most of Race Driver Dan Gurney's chronic ill fortune. Gurney is well known as a good driver plagued by freakish mishaps, and this year in the U.S. he had been slogging through a typical Gurney spell. The winner of Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix had not won a major race here since September 1966. Then 16 days before the recent Riverside 300 he agreed to sell Ozzie Olson his Eagle and, no doubt because of his new connection with old Golden Touch Olson, Dan went out to take the pole position and the race. Of course, he returned to the All American Racers' truck to find that someone had stolen his wife's purse during the victory lap. But his new partner was still confident. Olson has already reserved the presidential suite at the Speedway Inn out by the Indianapolis Speedway for the month of May.
Defense Secretary Robert McNamara (left) has finished building a new ski house 9,000 feet up at Snowmass, near Aspen, Colo. Amidst all the recent speculation about his feelings—Did McNamara really want to leave the Cabinet? Did he really want to become president of the World Bank?—there was one certainty. He did really want to get away from the whole mess and go skiing.
The big problem about reporting on the sailing activities of the King of Thailand is the spelling. His Majesty King Bhumibol. who has built several boats at Chitralada Palace in Bangkok, will compete against his eldest daughter, Princess Ubol Ratana, in the SEAP Games to be held in Bangkok from December 9 to 16. In the sailing trials to select the national team for the South East Asia Peninsula Games the 16-year-old princess sailed the Vega-1 dinghy, in which her father made his historic 16-hour crossing of the Gulf of Siam from Hua Hin to Sattahip in 1966, and she beat his second and third with a pair of firsts. Princess Ubol Ratana was taught to sail by her father during vacations at Pattaya and Hua Hin, seaside resorts on the Gulf of Siam, and she has been taking part in competitions for two years. Her younger brother, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, also sails, but is studying in Britain at the moment. As for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, her gentler nautical pleasure is floating down rivers on inner tubes.