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February 27, 1961
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February 27, 1961


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The man seems to be hooked. He is back on the same easygoing diet that amused boxing experts during his training for the first Patterson fight. Despite his brief flirtation with austerity, he seems to think shortcake is good for him. It had better be, because he is about 20 pounds above the 198 he hopes to weigh when he meets Patterson on March 13.

"I am heavy now," he says, "but I want to keep some of this weight until just before the fight."

No American trainer, not even his own Whitey Bimstein, would agree with him. Ingemar pits the experience of 23 professional fights against the opinions of men who have trained thousands of fighters.

As admirers of the good life, we would like to think that Ingemar is right. But we are doubtful.


Englishmen who adore animals—and there are a lot of them (SI, Feb. 20)—were roused to fury last week by a suggestion that their dogs be put on diets for Lent. The bold man who made the suggestion was no less a personage than William Cardinal Godfrey, Archbishop of Westminster. In his Lenten pastoral letter, the archbishop appealed for human and canine abstinence so that money saved might go to feed starving humans.

Reaction against the archbishop was immediate and fierce. The head of the Canine Defense League called the idea "fatuous." "It would be punishing the animals," he added. "They would not know what it was for. We have some animals who behave in a more Christian way than some Christians." Miss Pat McCaughey, owner of 12 Airedales, voiced a typical opinion: "I wouldn't dream of cutting down the diet of my dogs. I'd rather go without myself."

The Englishman's castle, apparently, is really his kennel.


All week long a golfer friend of ours has been telling the toes on his right foot to relax. He is taking the advice given by Jack Heise in his 128-page book How You Can Play Better Golf Using Self-Hypnosis. "Every good golfer, whether he recognizes the phenomenon as such," writes Heise, "employs self-hypnosis in his play."

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