The hubbub surrounding Tyson's 11th-hour withdrawal of his application for reinstatement in New Jersey last week was also overblown. Tyson's advisers correctly read the environment and realized that he should have made his plea in Nevada, which is what he's now going to do. "I think we would have gotten the license in New Jersey," says Tyson's chief adviser, Shelly Finkel, "but we wanted to do it without bad feelings."
The Nevada commission has scheduled a Sept. 9 hearing on Tyson's application, at which an immediate vote will be taken. Finkel, who reports that Tyson has been training and is "about 10 pounds from fighting weight," says that, if Tyson is granted his license then, he'll fight before the end of the year. "It won't be against Holyfield," says Finkel, "but he won't take on a McNeeley either."
The real question, though, is why we care so much about a 32-year-old undersized heavyweight who hasn't won a fight in two years or beaten anybody of note since the Bush Administration. True, there are few if any compelling alternatives out there, and Tyson's return bout-even if it is against a Peter McNeeley—will do big pay-per-view numbers. Finkel said last week, explaining the media focus on Tyson's licensing soap opera, that there's "an aura about Mike Tyson." The sad truth is, that's all there is.
Raiders' Prevent Offensive
In a football first, radio station KTCT-AM in Oakland has struck a deal to make LifeStyles condoms "the official condom of Oakland Raiders broadcasts." During games, the station runs spots that include the message "LifeStyles: because life is a contact sport." The Raiders, who aren't involved in the deal, have declined to comment, but LifeStyles marketing director Carol Carrozza told the San Francisco Examiner, "There are no more loyal fans than Raider fans," and said LifeStyles hoped to share in that loyalty "by supporting two things men in our target audience enjoy—sex and football."
Wait till the folks down the coast at USC get wind of this.
Crime Rate—Up and Down
A yo-yo craze has swept Singapore in the past year, spurred in part by the live and televised performances of U.S. expert Hans Van Dan Elzen (who is to the yo-yo what Yo Yo Ma is to the cello). The recent Asian economic slump, however, has hit Singapore hard and left the yo-yo, which sells for about seven dollars in Singapore, out of the financial reach of many kids. As a result, yo-yo thefts have soared, accounting for nearly half the juvenile shoplifting cases in Singapore during May, a 17% increase over April. Still, as grim as the state of the economy and the yo-yo look, there's always hope. After all, these things have a way of bouncing back.
Ned Gillette (1945-1998)
A Restless and Boyish Spirit
Adventurer Edward Gillette, 53, known as Ned, was shot and killed by robbers recently while camping in Pakistan. LIFE assistant managing editor Robert Sullivan, who was Gillette's friend and chronicler for a decade, offers this remembrance:
I first met Ned and his adventuring wife, Susie Patterson—who was also shot by the robbers but survived—just before they were married eight years ago. We were riding on the Marrakech Express; it was taking us to Marrakech, in Morocco, where they planned to organize a camel trek across the Sahara. That never came off, but the camel-riding practice came in handy in 1993 when they humped the 6,000-mile Silk Road from China to the Mediterranean. Ned was always somewhere, doing something.