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Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy
December 11, 1995
Susan and Warren Ganden realized early in their son Chad's swimming career at Naperville North High in suburban Chicago that his learning disability might jeopardize his chances of meeting NCAA college eligibility standards. So in May 1994 they began writing to the NCAA to explain why Chad (below right), now a senior—who won the 100-yard freestyle at last year's state meet—might need relief from the organization's exacting rules. The NCAA says it tried to communicate with the Gandens. Susan says, "It was like talking to robots. They were absolutely unmovable."
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December 11, 1995


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No more than Parish's incomplete responses surprised us.

Homeless Bear

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, is among the world's most famous golf enclaves because—and only because—of its association with Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus grew up a few miles from Dublin and played college golf at nearby Ohio State. He conceived the development that surrounds the two magnificent courses he designed there, and he is the originator of Muirfield's prestigious PGA Tour event, the Memorial.

It was logical, then, that when plans for a Jack Nicklaus Museum were announced in 1993, Muirfield was designated as the site. Everything moved along nicely, and a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $5.5 million building was held in May.

But in September, Nicklaus's developer presented plans for a 60-car parking lot, a gift shop and a 15,000-square-foot museum to the local zoning board, and the community panicked. "We'd been told it was just going to be a small, private place for Jack's trophies," says Ron Jezerinac, who lives near the site of the planned museum.

There's more than a touch of irony in the dispute. The residents who fear a decrease in property values because of an increase in traffic volume seem not to realize that there wouldn't be any properties there to value were it not for Nicklaus. Nevertheless, Jack has given up the fight and is considering other sites in the area. If he wants to move 215 miles up interstate 71, Cleveland Stadium might be available.

Romanian Politics Gets Nasty

As a tennis player, Ilie Nastase was known as much for his guile and guff as he was for the dazzling skills that made him the world's best player in 1973. So it is fitting that now, at 49, he has become a political player in his homeland of Romania. Last week Nasty was elected to the national council that plots strategy for the ruling Social Democracy Party.

Nastase devised his own strategy during a his heyday, one that at turns angered and enthralled the tennis world. "I want to play the game inside out and upside down," Nastase once said, and he did exactly that. He regularly disrupted matches by refusing to play for several minutes (invaluable filibuster experience) and also taunted opponents and flipped the bird to the crowd (excellent preparation for legislative debate). During one tantrum he slammed a ball at an official.

There has always been a bit of the ingratiating politician in Nastase, who could charm his peers even after rankling them. When his shenanigans had led the normally coolheaded Arthur Ashe to call him an "ass," he brought Ashe a bouquet. Now, with his swagger and good looks, Nastase will attempt to aid the Social Democrats, Romania's most prominent party since the overthrow of the country's Communist regime in 1989. A former army officer who speaks five languages, Nastase remains an alluring figure in Romania, particularly in Bucharest, the capital city, where he grew up the son of a bank cashier and where he now owns a restaurant and sports club. "It's a very clean city," Nastase once said. "Lots of chickies, too. Everybody drinks beer and Pepsi and has a good time."

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