Running, for instance, is "by far and away the best thing you can do," provided you warm up and cool off properly. Swimming, bicycling, hiking, gymnastics have his warm approval, too. And so, to a lesser extent, do skiing, tennis, rowing and boxing, though of skiing he points out that, what with chair lifts and all, it "is a good example of how we try to get the most pleasure from the least work." It has, he says, "become the sport of the nonathlete."
As for golf, "One of our great fallacies about golf is the notion that it is a relaxing game." It does not relax at all, says Dr. Kraus. Instead, "it is filled with mental tension from the first tee to the 18th green." Boxing, on the other hand, is "most beneficial," if protective equipment is used and it does not get "too competitive."
As for football, it is "legalized assault" with overwhelming chances for injury. And in many ways touch football is worse, since an extra hard block can create resentment and, thereby, tension. Baseball? It "cannot be viewed as a good game, either, for a sufficient physical workout." In fact, "most of the time the players, with the exception of the pitcher and catcher, simply stand around doing nothing at all."
THE SIMPLE LIFE
The most exclusive area of the Houston Astros' domed stadium is the Skydome Club, way up in the penthouse on the sixth level. It is very private and very luxurious. But while it serves fine, juicy steaks and superb caviar, it will have nothing to do with such baseball staples as hot dogs and popcorn. Efforts to smuggle a bag of peanuts into the area are doomed, since the elevators leading to it are heavily policed. Offers to pay a corkage charge have been ignored.
And so a popcorn-loving Texan did the only thing possible under the circumstances. Ben McGuire, Houston financier, installed a popcorn machine in his $18,000 suite.
PASTURE ON THE SEA
Weatherly was not the best 12-meter boat ever built. She was sturdy rather than sleek, she was top-heavy and tender. After an unimpressive start in the 1958 America's Cup trials she was slimmed down, and by 1962 could stand up to a breeze without wheezing. She was selected to defend that year because she was reliable, could keep going in any weather—and had the best crew. After winning the cup she was mothballed for three years, another obsolete million-dollar hulk. A used 12-meter quickly degenerates. If not laid up, she is likely to be raced recklessly by local hot rodders or else sailed sedately by portly vice-commodores who want to say they skippered the boat that won the cup. But Weatherly, one of the least glamorous of defenders, has the brightest future since America was running the blockades in the Civil War. Owner Henry Mercer, head of States Marine Lines, has given her to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. as a cadet-training ship. In this age of science and nuclear vessels a sailor can roam the seven seas without getting wet. Weatherly is intended to give the cadets a taste of the rail-down beat to windward now generally reserved for memories and millionaires.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Now that the Ruppert Knickerbocker brewers of New York have bought the Boston Celtics for $3 million, they might like to know something about the Celtic star who made that $3 million expenditure worth while. En route to brief supervision of his Liberian rubber plantation, Bill Russell confided that he will be doing public relations work at the World's Fair this summer for New York's Schaefer Brewing Company.
WHERE THE GIRLS ARE