As attractive as Coke is, Harrell thinks Pepsico is even more so, with an average earnings growth rate of about 30% over the past five years. Pepsi, by the way, is endorsed by Magic Johnson. While Johnson and Jordan failed to meet in the NBA playoffs, they at least have gotten to face off in the cola wars.
IN THE JAWS OF THE LAW
It has already been a long, hot summer for frank mundus, 63, the legendary Montauk, N.Y., sea captain. Mundus, who inspired the character of Quint, the grizzled shark hunter in Jaws, has been tangling with federal and local authorities. First, his 26-year-old bride, Jenny, when going through some of her husband's papers, discovered that his captain's license had lapsed. The Coast Guard said Mundus couldn't serve as skipper for any more fishing trips aboard his charter boat until he passed a qualifying test. Then Mundus ran into trouble with the local police, who charged him with criminal possession of a handgun, a nine-millimeter pistol.
Mundus claims he bought the gun, which he handed over in several disassembled pieces, merely to help out the seller, a friend in need of cash. "I hate pistols." says Mundus, who will appear at a pre-trial conference on the gun rap this week in East Hampton, N.Y., Town Justice Court.
The lapsed license may prove the thornier problem. Mundus, who last passed a competency exam when he received his charter-boat operator's license in 1951, flunked the 1989 test last month. He sailed through the Deck and General Navigation sections but ran aground when asked to solve a navigation problem that involved mathematics. "It's bull——," says Mundus, who has a ninth-grade education but is boning up on his math and intends to retake the test. "The whole thing is a joke. They're asking me to do on paper what I've been doing on water for 45 years."
Mundus has known happier days. Back in 1964 he caught a 4,500-pound great white shark on harpoon, adding luster to an already growing reputation as the Monster Man of Montauk. After being made famous by Peter Benchley's novel and the subsequent movie, Mundus continued to live up to his image. Three years ago he helped fellow charter-boat captain Donnie Braddick land a 3.450-pound great white on a rod and reel.
Mundus, wearing an earring and a shark's-tooth necklace, still goes fishing, but now he has to take along a licensed captain. "It's bloody embarrassing," he says. Enough so that the unpleasantness may hasten his long-planned retirement. "All I want to do is get out," Mundus says. If he can sell his boat and business—he's asking $150,000—he and Jenny will move to Hawaii. "Once you've got all the largest fish, what's left?" he asks.