And it was at the last of those groups that Koss finally found his ally, ACOG cochairman and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Andrew Young. Young persuaded the ACOG membership to sanction the Koss group by forcefully pointing out that humanitarian concerns should supercede commercial ones. "Without Andrew Young's support, Olympic Aid could not have gone forward," says Koss. "He embraced it." ACOG will not give money to Olympic Aid, but its support allows the Olympic Aid fund-raisers to use the Olympic name on behalf of their efforts to raise money for immunizations, school supplies, and recreational and social programs in war-torn countries. "If you're going to take a billion and a half dollars [ACOG's budget for organizing the Games], and half the world's going to be looking at you," said Young, "you ought to do more than put on a two-week track meet."
It's understandable that Olympic officials do not want to allow use of their name or logo indiscriminately. But fortunately Koss found someone who understood that an exception was appropriate. "For children who've known only war and suffering," says Koss, "a chance for peace, education and some kind of recreation is essential to their development as human beings."
Never mind that it was a fantasy cover that ran during the baseball strike and celebrated an impending Chicago Cubs' World Series victory. Or that the cover appeared two summers ago. Or that SI ranked Northwestern 79th before the start of this season. Splashed across the top of SI's Nov. 7, 1994, cover was the headline 8-0 NORTHWESTERN LOCKS UP ROSE BOWL BID. Indeed, with Ohio State's 31-23 loss at Michigan Saturday, the Wildcats (all right, they are 10-1, not 8-0) sealed their first trip to Pasadena since 1949. Remember, you heard it here first.
Selling Out St. Andrews
If there is one place in the world where sport seems to have stood still, it's at St. Andrews, golf's ancestral home. Though thousands of club-toting pilgrims make their way to the small Scottish town every year, the locals have done their best to preserve the town's and the Old Course's pastoral quality. Myrtle Beach it ain't, and that's why everyone loves it.
But times are changing, and the town—not to mention the Scottish Tourist Board—is in a tizzy about that. Last month the St. Andrews Links Trust, a municipal entity that manages the Old Course and five other local layouts, sold 7% of the Old Course's annual starting times to a highbrow British travel company, Keith Prowse Hospitality. The 10-year deal will bring in approximately $7.5 million, which, according to Peter Mason, the Trust's manager, "will help us improve the quality of the facilities and the courses which have been underfunded for the past 70 years."
The Trust says that Prowse's allotment of starting times will be taken from times that otherwise would have gone to other travel agents, not to locals and day-before bookers. But the townspeople wonder if, nonetheless, tee times will be siphoned from them. And, further, they see some of the changes that are being made with the money derived from the Prowse deal as both unnecessary and antithetical to the character of St. Andrews. David Malcolm, a St. Andrews resident and longtime Old Course golfer, says that the new $5 million clubhouse is an example of that. "People would come to play here on concrete," sniffs Malcolm. "All you have to do is provide them with the course. Golf is a great leveller, and here the plumber plays with the consultant surgeon, who plays with the belted gentry, who plays with the caddie."
If all that sounds impossibly Scottish, you get the point: With Prowse charging a minimum $1,200 for two-day outings, traditionalists foresee the beginning of the end of St. Andrews as the global symbol of public golf.