"Lady," snapped a fellow pedestrian to the woman stepping off a Park Avenue curb against a red light and the flow of New York traffic, "you're going to get killed if you do that." The woman stopped, looked, then smiled. "I'm sorry. I should know better, Mr. President," she said, after which Harry S Truman, an old pro as a city hiker, guided her across.
If there's anything the Hollywood crowd likes better than tennis, it's a good cause cél√®bre. So it didn't really matter too much when, because of local zoning laws, civic authorities refused to let Pat Boone, James Franciscus, Mrs. Robert Stack, James Garner and a host of lesser luminaries charge admission for a tennis tournament they were playing for charity at a club owned by Edie Adams in Cheviot Hills. The outlawed tennis players just changed their role to pickets and marched up and down the sidewalk in front of the club waving their tennis rackets in protest.
In the U.S. to dedicate his nation's pavilion at the New York World's Fair, Jordan's motor-happy King Hussein found time as well to jet to Texas, talk engines with Indy Racer A. J. Foyt at Houston Oilman John W. Mecom's Zapata ranch, inspect a sports car named especially for him, waltz Lady Bird Johnson around a White House ballroom and sample the water skiing (below) at Florida's Cypress Gardens.
When Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's basketball team won its first AAU championship, no one cheered louder than rooter Victor Holt Jr., a onetime All-America and star center on the less successful 1930 Goodyear team. "I hope," crowed Holt at the game's end, "it is a good omen for my new job." His job: president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
No one expected it to have much impact politically but, in the hope that it might give a boost to fitness in an Olympic year, Republican Congressmen Robert T. Stafford (Vt.), Donald Rumsfeld (Ill.) and Silvio O. Conte (Mass.) climbed on their bicycles and pumped furiously around Washington's Ellipse in a race against three counterparts from the Democratic side. The G.O.P. legislators won team honors easily, but Rhode Island's Senator Claiborne Pell saved the Democrats' face by pellmelling to individual victory over all.
Horrified at the thought of his star's magnificent nose being nicked by a brush-back pitch from some chorine in Hello, Dolly!, the producer of Broadway's other big hit musical refused to let Funny Girl Barbra Streisand play in the showgirls' weekly soft-ball league. So, barred from Central Park, Barbra decided to play Yankee Stadium instead and bought two season tickets.
Shooting over a field purportedly well scattered with birdseed and other delicacies, former Joint Chiefs Chairman General Nathan F. Twining, USA (ret.), Congressman Robert Sikes (D., Fla.), Financier Edward Ball and Alcoa Veep R. A. Learnard went after a nice bag of wild turkey but were not quick enough to elude the Alabama game wardens, who nabbed them for shooting over a "baited field." A pity, but, as Twining's successor, General Curtis LeMay, said only last week: "A military commander must always demand physical fitness and mental alertness from his men."
For the hostess with the mostes' it's now all bets on the Mets, according to the latest intelligence from Washington. Presumably weary of the lackluster game of politics, Perle Mesta has transferred her allegiance to baseball and recently gave a party for all Casey Stengel's boys and their wives. Perle journeys to New York to watch the Mets play "every time I get a chance."
What's a good birthday present for a queen who has everything? Obviously a victory at the track—if she happens to be a turf fan. Or so it seemed to Queen Elizabeth's 4-year-old chestnut gelding, Gold Aura, who romped home first at Epsom to give Her Majesty a surprise purse of $7,260 on her 38th birthday.
"I note from the political columns that you do not choose to run," wrote Democratic Governor Grant Sawyer of Nevada to Republican Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania, "but will you join me for a 10-mile walk?" The challenge was issued to help Nevada celebrate its 100th year of statehood, but it had political overtones as well. The loser will be expected to donate $500 to the campaign fund of the winner's favorite candidate for President.