"I'm an Impressionist of sorts," says Cincinnati's rookie Quarterback Greg Cook, adding modestly, "though I'm not to be compared to Monet, Manet or Renoir." Primarily a water-colorist, Cook does most of his work outdoors, on the spot. "I like a lot of people and a lot of confusion—instant-type vision stuff," he says, "but the business I'm heading for is interior design." And what stirred Cook's interest in the arts? "I have," he explains, "two aunts who do commercial art for the Kellogg's Corn Flakes people."
In Salt Lake City recently hundreds of callers flooded the switchboards of the local papers and radio and TV stations to verify their sighting of Jim Ryun engaged in, of all things, jogging. It was Ryun, all right. He was in Salt Lake as a guest speaker at a seminar given by the National Press Photographers Association, and was jogging about town because, he confided, not having run since June, he "felt terrible." At the seminar Ryun (who plans to make photography his profession) advised his audience, "You'll have much more success with athletes if you catch them in their natural environs...but realize that an athlete is under pressure, concentrating on a winning formula. If you are in a bind trying to figure out a photo angle, sometimes it pays to act stupid; the athlete might help you out." Well, Jim Ryun might.
Naborr, a 19-year-old Arabian stallion bred in the Soviet Union and imported from Poland, was recently auctioned in Scottsdale, Ariz. for $150,000—the highest price ever paid for the breed. The stallion's new owners, Tom Chauncey, a Phoenix radio executive, and Singer Wayne Newton, seems to have embarked on a good Naborr policy—unless Newton's feelings are hurt by the fact that the stallion's stud fee of $10,000 is just about what he himself gets for a single appearance.
According to the trade journal Business Insurance the Bucks are throwing good money after good by covering their $1.4 million investment in Lew Alcindor with $600,000 worth of insurance (the premium comes to $25,000)—the largest individual coverage of a sports figure ever written. The policy is a package deal protecting Milwaukee, in the event of Alcindor's sickness or death, for all but the first year of Lew's five-year contract. After that the American Home Assurance Company will be wishing Alcindor very good health, because it will cost it $2,000 for every game night he spends tucked up in bed drinking hot lemonade. By way of comparison, the second largest coverage, on Wilt Chamberlain, paid only some $400.
France and Australia are building challengers for the America's Cup, but it will not be Bus Mosbacher defending against either of them next year. He is stepping down, giving as his reasons family, business and his job as chief of protocol, and has written to the members of Intrepid's crew, releasing them to William Ficker, the boat's new skipper, or to other potential cup defenders. It was, obviously, a tough decision. There are a lot of things about competition Mosbacher is going to miss, "not the least of which," he observes, "is sailing."
"The hard part," confides Willie Shoemaker, "is trying to remember the steps and words at the same time." The Shoe, briefly suspended from Santa Anita for causing interference in the stretch, was using the time to work out at the Hollywood Palace with quite another bunch of ponies. He and the "8 beautiful girls 8" who will back him up were taping his TV debut as a song-and-dance man, scheduled for Jan. 10. Burt Bacharach, who will act as host for The Hollywood Palace show, owns a number of racehorses, and he and his wife Angie Dickinson thought the whole bit up because Shoemaker "is such a fantastic hero figure." So how come he's saddled with villainous dialogue like this? Bacharach: "Tell me. Bill, when you're coming down the stretch, leaning over the horse's neck, do you sing in his ear?" Shoemaker: "Oh, I quit that. I once sang Born Free and the horse pulled over to the side of the track and had a colt."
Apollo 11 astronauts are to be honored by Marquette Saturday when the university presents them with the school's first P√®re Marquette Discovery Award Medals—and three basketball warmup suits and jerseys. Marquette Captain Joe Thomas will give Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and Neil Armstrong jerseys bearing the No. 11. But the school will take them right back again, retire the number and hang the jerseys in the gymnasium. For the rest of the season Marquette basketball players will wear replicas of the Apollo 11 patch on their uniforms. As for the astronauts, they will wear those warmup suits, tailored from NASA's measurements and especially designed for jogging.