On his last working day Arthur W. Keylor, who retires this week as Group Vice President of all Time Inc. magazines, stopped in at a luncheon for our 1980 Sportsmen of the Year and immediately buttonholed the captain of the U.S. Olympic hockey team, Mike Eruzione. Keylor had been a first-line right wing for Wellesley (Mass.) High in the mid-1930s, and something about hockey has always bewildered him. Why, he asked Eruzione, are righthanded people generally lefthanded shots in hockey?
"Eruzione's one of them, a righthander who shoots left, but even he didn't know why," says Keylor, himself a righthander who shot from the right side. "Mike said he thought it had something to do with holding the stick; that a righthander would naturally grasp it at the top with his right hand and then put the left hand on the bottom." Keylor later posed the same question to Emile Francis, the president and general manager of the St. Louis Blues. "What I got from Emile," he says, "was some palaver about power hands and guiding hands."
Well, Art, as a farewell present, we polled dozens of hockey players and found there is no reason why righthanded people usually shoot from the left. Or, as one NHL player told us, "Nobody ever thinks about things like that."
Art has long been an active sportsman, much preferring the role of participant to that of spectator. At Bowdoin College he swam "the 50 and 100 events, the shortest I could find." In 1948, the year he joined Time Inc., Art discovered golf when his wife, Frieda, gave him a set of Bobby Jones clubs for Christmas. Today he has a five handicap, but Chi Chi Rodriguez, one of his recent victims on the links, will be the first to tell you that Art plays to no more than a three. He has won 10 club championships and last summer shot a five-under-par 66 at the Blind Brook Club in New York's Westchester County.
Art started to ski when he was 42, and while he's conquered some of the world's toughest slopes, the sport leaves him in awe. "I look at a Tom Watson hitting a golf ball and can visualize doing something close to that," he says. "But when I ski with a Jean-Claude Killy and see him go down a mogul field making half as many turns as anyone else while traveling twice as fast, well, I can't ever visualize doing anything like that myself."
As Group Vice President, Magazines since September 1972, Art helped launch PEOPLE and DISCOVER, revive LIFE and expand FORTUNE from a monthly to a biweekly, and he has been an ardent supporter of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. I'd like to thank him for that support, and to welcome his successor, my predecessor, Kelso F. Sutton, whose name appeared at the bottom of this column from June 1978 until May 1980.
KEYLOR TEEING UP FOR HIS RETIREMENT YEARS