There, alas, he found the statues were too fat. "Venus de Milo," says Minns, "was a little hippy." After buying $100,000 worth of replicas, he suggested to the Italian sculptors that they slim Venus down to Dallas sylphdom—18 inches off the hips, 13 off the waist and maybe about 11 off the shoulders. "The rest of her," he airily told the Italians, "is O.K." While he was at it, he also suggested that the sculptors do some extensive remodeling of the Apollo Belvedere, David, Aphrodite, the Discobolus and the Three Muses.
The sculptors screamed about American lack of taste, sensitivity and soul and refused to lift a chisel. Equally indignant, Minns said Venus de Milo was a bad example for Dallas dames, and, besides, David did need that fig leaf. But the Italians still refused to make any alterations, and so Minns shipped the statues back to Dallas. There they stand, brass plates warning that their measurements are not recommended to patrons. Even in Texas, Minns is compelled to do as the Romans do.
POWER OF THE PRESS
Local sportswriters named Fred Brown, a University of Miami end, Florida lineman of the week for his play against Purdue. After seeing films of the game, Miami coaches demoted Brown to the second team.