Seeking immortality, a Marine drill instructor at Quantico, Va. set what was claimed as a record 8,500 sit-ups last year. This year no one remembers his name. It is just as well, because the record is now 14,000 sit-ups, which makes 8,500 look puny.
It was set at the Tampa, Fla. YMCA by a 28-year-old FBI agent, John Green-shields, who required six hours and 10 minutes and the sustenance of four cookies and some lemon drops to do it. He could have gone on for another 1,000, Greenshields said, but he had worn out five different counters and the Y chief asked him please to knock it off.
Greenshields said he did 8,000 sit-ups while in training at the FBI school in Quantico about a year ago. Hitting 14,000 was easier because he had trained more rigorously for the test. Since June he has been doing 1,000 sit-ups before breakfast every day, tapering off with another 500 before going to bed. On weekends he racked up between 4,000 and 5,000.
His wife, Patricia, thinks for some reason that Greenshields is a little goofy about sit-ups, but consider what will happen to the next criminal who tries punching him in the belly. The crook will break his hand.
A QUESTION OF COLOR
Throughout the history of the Thoroughbred horse it was considered genetically impossible to produce one that was all white. But within the space of two years two all-white Thoroughbreds have been foaled—the first in France a year ago last summer, the second in Kentucky a year ago. The French colt was named Mont Blanc, and the Kentuckian, a filly, was named White Beauty. In each case there was suspicion that a scandal involving a brewery horse might be in the family background, but after investigation Mont Blanc was allowed registry in the official French stud book and The Jockey Club admitted White Beauty to Thoroughbred society.
White Beauty's sire was Ky. Colonel, who is a chestnut. Her dam, Filly o'Mine, is a dark bay. Herman Good-paster, her owner, is training White Beauty for a debut at Keeneland in April.
Goodpaster has a colt in his stable, also sired by Ky. Colonel. His name is Why Wander and he is red, white and blue.
REJUVENATION IN FIJI
In the half century since a New Zealander started a Rugby ball rolling under Fiji's coconut trees during World War I, the game has become the national sport of 260,000 native Fijians. Until this fall the Fijians played Rugby only among themselves and against Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Western Samoa. Then last month Rugby-mad Wales invited them to fly half around the world to play five Welsh teams. To everyone's astonishment, Fiji won two, lost two and tied one. The last game in Cardiff Arms Park attracted 50,000 spectators. It was a thriller. With one man out of action and no substitutions allowed, Fiji lost 28-22 in a match that connoisseurs said would go down in the books as one of the great games.