West German Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger's real sport is hiking, but happily for one German spaniel he is also a sometime sailor. While Kiesinger was vacationing in Bavaria he ventured out, in bad weather, in a sailboat with his host, Christian Democratic Party Vice Chairman Rainer Barzel. The Chancellor heard what was clearly the whining of a dog trapped beneath a sinking and abandoned sailboat and ordered crewmen in a following motor launch to save it. The dog was found to belong to a man who had not been able to rescue it himself without endangering the crew of the boat that had rescued him when he capsized: when the animal was returned he is reported to have "expressed only thanks and no bad feelings." There were no bad feelings on the part of the spaniel, certainly.
Ice cream causes Lynda Bird Johnson Robb an awful lot of trouble. It seems like only yesterday that a motorman was putting her off a San Francisco cable car for indulging right there in front of everybody, and now her doctor has told the expectant mother that she must run or jog (or joggle) a mile for every cone she eats. Lynda does it, but is reported to have said wistfully to her secret service man the other day, "This thing must be wrong. I know I've run a mile." He looked at her pedometer and had to tell her that it was correct, that the distance around The Ellipse—a public park across from the White House south lawn—was precisely half a mile. It is not known whether Lynda forced herself around a second time or held herself down to half an ice-cream cone.
TCU Guard Larry Adams spent his summer working as a bill collector. Adams is 6'4" tall, weighs 223 pounds and was in pretty good shape, but no shape is quite good enough to prevail against knives and guns. At one house Adams found a woman with a butcher knife and at another, when he asked a woman what she intended to do about a bill six months overdue, "She pointed a 20-gauge shotgun at me and said, 'This is what I intend to do.' " Larry is now safely back on the gridiron and feeling, perhaps, that one nice thing about football is that women do not play it.
Lieut. Bill Bradley, at present an aide to Brigadier General Campbell Y. Jackson, in a recent U.S. Air Force ceremony did a right face to The Star-Spangled Banner, bumped into the flag and finally got his general's flag mixed up with that of someone else's general. An imperfect performance for a star basketball player, but the Russian Air Force is not known to have scored in consequence.
September 15, 1968
To help the U.S. Jaycees raise funds for the 1968 Olympic team, deadpan comedian Pat Paulsen recently took off from New York on a one-day, coast-to-coast marathon tour. He managed to perform at a breakfast in Philadelphia, a lunch in St. Paul, an afternoon reception in Omaha and a dinner in Oakland, Calif. "We'll be racing the sun across the country," he said upon leaving, "and if it sinks into San Francisco Bay before I do, well, you win some, you lose some." Paulsen also hoped to win support for his STAG Party (Straight Talkin' American Government) bid for the presidency, and his straight talk on key problems should stand him in good stead. "We've got to step up our conservation efforts before it's too late," he warned his audiences. "Take the Grand Canyon. I'm sure that at one time it was a beautiful piece of land, and just look at the way we've let it go."
Long-distance runner Emil Zatopek was among the prominent Czechoslovakians who did their best to rally their countrymen to resistance in the early days of the Russian invasion by making television broadcasts over clandestine sets on the outskirts of Prague. "I am sure it was the television and radio which kept our people together," he has been quoted as saying, and he added the cheeringly robust observation that it also was "a hell of a lot of fun."
France's Eric Tabarly has opened a sailing school on the Riviera, and recently he invited Actor Alain Delon and Actress Brigitte Bardot to sail with him. Tabarly graded Miss Bardot's sailing skills as he does those of his students and awarded her 18 points out of a possible 20. Brigitte promptly awarded him an invitation to her villa in Saint-Tropez. Any student hoping to make points with Teacher Tabarly by bringing him an apple can forget it.
Her gymnastic skills are perhaps not sufficient to allow her to place on the Olympic team, but they helped Judith Anne Ford take a first in Atlantic City last week. Miss Ford did some twists, somersaults and a three-quarter back-back Cody wearing her leotard, and she also looked good, like a Miss America should, in a bathing suit, of course.