"One of my pitchers used to date her."
WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK
"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve?" Lauren Bacall said to Humphrey Bogart in To Have And Have Not. "You just put your lips together and blow."
As referees know, it's not that easy. In fact, even using their whistles, they have a hard time being heard above the roar of the crowd. Veteran basketball referees Joe Forte and Ron Fox-croft felt particularly helpless during a pre-Olympic tournament in 1984 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. "We would blow our whistles, and play would continue because the players couldn't hear above the crowd noise," says Forte, who lives in Smyrna, Ga. So he and Foxcroft, who's from Hamilton, Ont., vowed to find a better whistle, and with the help of industrial design engineer Chuck Sheppard, also of Hamilton, they did just that.
After 3� years of experimentation, the Fox 40 whistle—Fox for Foxcroft, 40 for Forte—went on the market six weeks ago, and it's being heard more and more. Four basketball conferences (the SEC, Southern, Sun Belt and Colonial) are using it, and the NHL, NFL, NBA and British soccer federation have all expressed interest. It will also be heard at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
The Fox 40 has a unique design—a three-chamber, wind-tunnel system is how Sheppard describes it—which makes a shriller, more piercing sound than the conventional whistle. No, dogs have not come running out onto the court—not yet, anyway.
Fans of the Arkansas Razor-backs have never been known for taste and restraint, what with their red attire, plastic snouts and cries of "Sooie, pig!"
Now come Arkansas diehards Larry and Sandy Ford. They recently decided to name their newborn son Ray Zorback Ford. Get it? If you don't, you won't get their choice for a girl's name, either: Sue E. Ford.