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February 24, 1964
With the fingers of her right hand raised in Churchill's V for victory, saucy Olympic Champion Marielle Goitschel dropped in with her teammates for lunch with France's Premier Georges Pompidou, shouted, "Vive le ski, vive la France," sang a stirring chorus of the Marseillaise and announced her engagement. "To whom?" asked the startled French Premier. "Mais," answered Mlle. Goitschel with a blown kiss, "to you!"
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February 24, 1964

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With the fingers of her right hand raised in Churchill's V for victory, saucy Olympic Champion Marielle Goitschel dropped in with her teammates for lunch with France's Premier Georges Pompidou, shouted, "Vive le ski, vive la France," sang a stirring chorus of the Marseillaise and announced her engagement. "To whom?" asked the startled French Premier. "Mais," answered Mlle. Goitschel with a blown kiss, "to you!"

If the tortoise could make it against the hare the hard way, why can't a man get into political orbit with the long, slow pull? That, anyway, seemed to be the thought in 74-year-old incumbent Senator Stephen Young's (D., Ohio) mind as he pulled away on a Cleveland Y rowing machine (below) to get in trim for a nomination challenge by 45-year-old Astronaut John Glenn.

Football took a step upward in status (though education did not necessarily follow suit) when Darrell Royal, coach of the Nation's No. 1 football team, was made a full professor by the University of Texas.

You wouldn't think it would be so hard to give away a 165-foot yacht, particularly when it cost millions to build, has an elevator in its smokestack and once belonged to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. But singer Elvis Presley, the one-man Beatle of the 1950s, tried three times to give away FDR's old Potomac before he found a taker. After buying it at auction for $55,000, the Pelvis tried first to give the vessel to the March of Dimes. They didn't need a yacht. He then tried the Coast Guard in Miami. Washington HQ said no. Finally Comedian Danny Thomas accepted the vessel for the Saint Jude Hospital, named for the patron saint of lost causes and homeless yachts.

"I never liked to exercise much," said Lillian Musial sadly in St. Louis last week, "then Stan began teasing me so I began exercising about six weeks ago and now with his fitness job, I've got to bear down even more." What Lil meant was that Cardinal V.P. Stanley Musial, who recently admitted to being five pounds overweight himself, had just been appointed by President Johnson as fitness chief for the whole nation—and waistlines begin at home. One point that may have favored the Musial appointment: his 14-year-old daughter Janet can do 40 push-ups and has a fitness medal from Washington.

Anyone can give a girl a diamond ring and tell her he loves her. What made Swedish starlet Britt Eklund sure that she alone has the heart of her fianc� Peter Sellers—a man who in the last eight years has had one wife and 62 fast automobiles—was the bright red Lotus Elan sports car with which he plighted his troth.

Quarterback John Brodie of the San Francisco 49ers is a hard man to keep on the bench. Forbidden by doctors to play golf until the operation on his passing arm heals thoroughly, Brodie and his teammate Matt Hazeltine entered themselves as a two-man team in the World Domino Championships. They finished about 90th.

The last All-America footballer to play for Harvard, Massachusetts' energetic Governor Endicott (Chub) Peabody, was doing his best to become the first All-Massachusetts skier. Beginning with a helicopter hop from the State House to Northampton on Friday evening and continuing for the next two days by chopper, ski lift and automobile, the governor, who often shoots the slopes with Senator Ted Kennedy, managed to visit five of his state's 40 ski areas in a single weekend and crown a Winter Carnival queen in the bargain.

Now that Don Budge has given up washing clothes and gone back to tennis as a teaching pro in Nassau, his old partner, Sydney Wood, has joined forces with another champ who has more than once taken his opponents to the cleaners. The two of them recently announced the opening of the Arnold Palmer Laundries, Inc., Arnold Palmer Dry Cleaning, Inc. and the Arnold Palmer Maid Service. Their official motto: "It suits you to a tee."

Eager to take up skiing where he left it three years ago, Actor Hal March finished a movie in Hollywood, headed for the Catskills, strapped on his skis, started down the slope, broke his leg and ended in Monticello Hospital. The picture: Send Me No Flowers.

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