FOR HIS WINNING
Bob Beattie—the U.S. Olympic Alpine coach who raised all that fuss over the
seedings in Innsbruck, outrageously promised that our men would win some medals
for the first time and, just when it looked as if Beattie was dead wrong, got
those medals delivered by Billy Kidd (second) and Jimmy Heuga (third) in the
slalom. What was supposed to happen to Beattie in the quiet, nonskiing months
that followed was his dismissal as U.S. coach. Too controversial, his critics
insisted, and too hard on the athletes. But now the U.S. Ski Association has
decided that it likes winning. Beattie has been renamed coach of the U.S.
Alpine program by unanimous vote and for an indefinite period, meaning that he
will coach the 1966 FIS team for sure and probably the 1968 Olympic team as
And what did
Beattie do when he was re-appointed? He scheduled a full-scale training camp
for Bend, Ore. this month to "find some racers."
need new girls," said Beattie. "We've got the 32 best girls in this
country coming to Bend for 10 days, and we're looking for winners."
Beattie is also
hard at work on promoting what could be the biggest off-year ski event in
history—a three-way ( U.S., Austria, France) meet at Aspen, Colo. next March. It
would be called the American Internationals, a memorial to Buddy Werner.
Beattie already has ABC-TV guaranteeing $25,000 for the meet and is hopeful of
keeping the French and Austrians around for a series of competitions to
follow—the better to train our racers.
We approve of the
U.S. Ski Association approving of a man as dedicated as Bob Beattie.
Most parents become
aware of the teenage talk swirling around them and translate it into their own
language without thinking too much about it. However, one Bucks County, Pa.
matron, mother of three teen-age girls, was thrown into a thoughtful mood the
other day when she came upon the odd words of youth confronting her from the
inland-type girls were guests on an extended and very active vacation with
friends at Virginia Beach. They were ecstatic about the unaccustomed aquatic
sports and games and described them with fervor in their letters home. One
wrote that the beach was a "riot." Another conveyed that the vacation,
as a whole, was a "blast." This one concluded a description of a
fishing trip by saying, "The fishing was sharpness." The third was
deeply impressed by the sea. "Mother," she wrote, "the ocean is
"I had never
thought of it that way before," said her mother, "but the ocean is