A magazine with punch honors a man with one
Last weekend 260-pound George Foreman was honored for his lighter side by the Harvard Lampoon. The "world's oldest humor magazine" brought the world's oldest heavyweight contender to Cambridge, Mass., to make him its Man of the Year.
Why? Said Stephen Lookner, a Lampoon editor, "George Foreman at age 43 is the most likable guy in sport." And why did Foreman accept? "My 11-year-old daughter [Natalie] is a straight-A student," he said. "She'd be very disappointed in me had I passed up the chance to go to Harvard."
Although Foreman dropped out of high school, he felt at home at Harvard. During a dinner in his honor on Friday, he was served a main course of two tiny shrimp and three zucchini wedges. After what was for him an interminable wait, he was brought dessert: 140 McDonald's cheeseburgers and hamburgers, 100 pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken and one steak.
The next day a crowd of 200 gathered outside the Lampoon's famous castle to watch the former champ spar with the magazine's 140-pound terror, Rick (the Stick) Nagurski—a.k.a. Sean Kelly. In another test of machismo, the two combatants read selections from poet Ezra Pound while eating doughnuts.
The big guy used the occasion to throw his hat into a different ring. As Lampoon staffers handed out GEORGE FOREMAN PRESIDENT buttons, Foreman declared he was running on a split ticket. "Whenever you order a banana split, they never give you the whole banana," he said. "If I'm elected, there'll be a whole banana in every split."
Toasting a Chess Nut
A Westerner will challenge for the world chess title
It was a victory for England and rock 'n' roll. British grandmaster Nigel Short, former bassist for a garage band called the Chess Nuts, beat former Soviet apparatchik Anatoly Karpov last week in the world chess championship candidates semifinals in Linares, Spain. Short will next play Jan Timman of Holland in the finals in January. The winner of that match will challenge reigning champ Gary Kasparov in Los Angeles later next year. The elimination of Karpov, who dominated the game from 1975 to '85, ensures that a Westerner will play in the title match for the first time since Bobby Fischer did so in '72.