Irked at the cost of a rising number of out-of-state conferences that city employees were attending, Albuquerque voters recently elected a new commission, which in turn fired the city manager. As part of a shakeup in people and policies G. B. Robertson, acting city manager, issued a ban on all interstate travel at city expense.
He had to make an exception almost immediately, however, because the city zoo wants to send two female zebras to the zoo at Colorado Springs, Colo. for a 60-day conference with a male zebra.
Johnny Longden, after 40 years as a jockey, made his debut last week as a trainer. It was at Hollywood Park, and he saddled a little-known Argentinian horse named Attention III in the seventh race run at a mile-and-a-sixteenth. Longden was nervous. So was Attention III. Surrounded by photographers and Sweating in civilian clothes, Longden said he would rather be in silks, and added, "I got the horse ready. Now it's up to him." Attention III kicked at him but missed. "He's allergic to shadows," Longden explained to the jockey. "Watch him if you see any. He jumps real high.... Don't worry about his acting up. He'll be all right on the track."
The jockey, whose name is William Shoemaker, smiled understandingly and saluted Longden with a flick of his whip. He broke Attention III on top, but settled to third at the first turn. At the quarter pole Attention III passed Current Speech. Then he began a duel with Carpenter's Rule that went right down to the wire, Attention III winning by a head and paying $4.60. Johnny Longden was in a glow of triumphant understanding. The man who had booted home 6,032 winners, more than anyone ever, now had his first winner ridden for him by someone else. "I couldn't have done it better myself." he cracked. "it's great to be at this end." he added, as if a light had dawned. "I'm going to like it."
FINE FAST FILM
"If I were not a moviemaker," says France's Claude Lelouch, "I'd be a racing driver." Lelouch is the brilliant new New Wave director whose film Un homme et une femme, about a lest driver, has won the admiration and enthusiasm of the Cannes Film Festival. It took the 28-year-old Lelouch exactly 28 days to shoot the film. Much of the footage he took with a hand camera while lying attached to the hood of a Ford Mustang traveling at 60 to 80 mph on the perilous roads of the Monte Carlo Rally. About half the film takes place in the front seat of a Mustang, and after seeing the picture, automobile-loving French youth are going to he Mustang-mad.
Lelouch has been making movies ever since he bought a secondhand camera in the Paris Flea Market when he was 14. In the last decade he has produced six full-length films and a remarkable color short on the Tour de France bicycle race.
"I'm crazy about all sports." he says. "I've competed in four or five rallies, and I'm planning to make a picture about boxing soon in the United States."
For Un homme et une femme he wrote the scenario, directed and personally did the camera work. Although it was the official French entry, few of the two thousand critics and movie moguls at the Cannes Festival had ever heard of Lelouch. But for the first and only time during this year's 20th anniversary festival, they applauded during the film and gave it an ovation afterward. The photography, mixing color and black and white, is stunning, the dialogue genuine and there is a love story, beautifully told. One critic praised Lelouch for "making music out of motors and the sound of tires on icy roads."