One of the newest brides on the pro golf tour is Mrs. Tom Weiskopf, who as Jeanne Ruth was Miss Minnesota of 1965.
"The one thing I can't get used to yet," Jeanne said last week, "is how much some of the big-time golfers' wives criticize their husbands in front of the whole group. At one recent get-together, a really big golfer—whom I won't dare mention—sat back laughing as his wife told him all the mistakes he made that day. Wrong grip. Wrong stance. She even told him he took too long to make a putt. I wouldn't dare try this on Tom."
"Of course not," Weiskopf replied. "You don't know how to play golf yet."
Although they seem to have lost something in translation, the following are purportedly the thoughts which flashed through the mind of James Couttet, a Frenchman and a former world-champion skier, while he was swimming in the Mediterranean four years ago: "Why not build an underwater cable car for tourists who want to visit the depths? After all, not everyone, especially people over 40, are able or willing to take the risks of skin diving. In a way, it would be an extension of the Valle Blanche cable car, which thousands of nonskiers or inexpert skiers take at Chamonix or Courmayeur to see an extraordinary panorama of the Alps. I've spent years with ski lifts and cable cars in the Alps. If I could invent an underwater cable car I'd have a raison d'�tre for spending half of the year on the Mediterranean coast."
Voil�, this summer the Telescaphe, the world's first underwater cable car, is scheduled to begin shuttling tourists, at depths ranging from 26 to 33 feet, between two rocky shores of Callelongue Cove, a few miles south of Marseilles. The Telescaphe consists of four watertight cabins, each seating six passengers, which are suspended from two cables. They will travel 1,600 feet at about 150 feet a minute, for a 10-minute ride each way.
However, the view isn't going to be anything to write home about. The Mediterranean is blue and limpid enough in Callelongue Cove, but the sea floor is rather dull. For example, there is no coral, because the water is too cold. Furthermore, the area is fished out, so the passengers are unlikely to get a look at much wildlife.
Couttet readily admits that there are more beautiful spots where Telescaphes might be built, which is why he has also taken out patents in, among other countries, the U.S., Japan and Israel. How many of these spots would be beautiful once he had run his cable-car lines through is another matter.
A hunter named J. F. Jones was calling a turkey from a blind near McComb, Miss, when a growling fox suddenly leaped on his back. Jones got the fox off, shot him and sent the head to Jackson for a rabies examination, which proved negative. "I didn't think there was anything wrong with the fox," said Jones. "He simply thought I was a turkey."