One of the best-informed track and field nuts (SI, Aug. 2) in the world is H.D. Thoreau of San Francisco and his home is filled with track talk. Scott Thoreau, his 8-year-old son, was asking about God the other day and H.D. remarked, quite naturally for a track nut, that no one has as much speed as God. "Can He beat Bob Hayes?" Scott asked.
In nearby Oakland, Scotty Stirling is publicity man for the Oakland Raiders and his home is filled with American Football League talk. On a recent evening guests were discussing Communism and politics, but not for long. "I wonder who is the real Russian leader now?" one of them wondered. Seven-year-old Donald Stirling advised him that "It's Cookie Gilchrist, 981 yards last season."
PRESCRIPTION FOR PUTTERS
Golfers would do well to change their style of putting so as to take advantage of the fact that they have two eyes, according to Dr. William Vallotton, Charleston, S.C. ophthalmologist.
"All of our daily activities requiring good binocular vision are carried out with the eyes forward," he said, "yet we try a difficult task, such as putting, in a most unphysiological way. Most people are right-eyed, so a right-handed putter is looking at the hole out of a non-dominant eye."
When he developed the theory, Dr. Vallotton took his own medicine. He went out on the course and putted croquet-style, straddling the ball. Knocked seven strokes off his game.
BY ANY OTHER NAME
The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association has a dreadful secret. Its National Clay Courts Championships are not really played on Clay courts at all—and have not been since the courts at River Forest Tennis Club were changed from clay before the 1962 tournament. But, really now, you cannot very well go around promoting seven days of high-pressure tennis called the USLTA Naturally Green Crushed Granite and Quartz Court Championships.