SPACE AGE GOLF
There have been brief transpacific telecasts by satellite from Hawaii before, lasting five minutes or so, but the Hawaiian Open Golf Tournament at the Waialae Country Club, to be held Nov. 4 and 5, will be the first complete sports event ever to be transmitted via the Lani Bird satellite from the 50th state to the other 49.
This technological development has brought about a change that may seem strange. To bring the tournament into the eastern U.S. at what is considered the proper time to telecast golf—6 to 7 p.m. E.S.T. for the first day of televised play and 6 to 7:30 p.m. for the final round—the National Broadcasting Company had to have an early starting time in Hawaii. As a result, the regular front and back nine holes will be reversed to keep the sun behind the cameras.
Though its claim to being the world's largest bookmaking firm is disputed by the rival William Hill organization, Ladbroke's, which has the Duke of Windsor among its betting clients, is by no means a minor operation. Its annual turnover is $100 million.
Last week Britons had a chance to own a piece of the action. Ladbroke's went public, offering 1,350,000 shares of its stock at 10 shillings each. It was oversubscribed by almost 100 times, with 60.000 would-be investors sending in purchase applications for more than 120 million shares.
The speculation in the public houses of London was that most of the subscribers were horse players trying to live on what they lose.
There is a limit to what even computers can do, and it has now been reached. Radio Station WIND in Chicago, and others about the country, are trying, by means of a computer imported from Dayton, to figure out whether Joe Louis would have beaten Muhammad Ali or Jack Dempsey would have stopped them both. In effect, they are conducting their own heavyweight elimination tournament.
Data was fed into the computer—an NCR 315—from fight experts and films, including evaluations of punching power, stamina, defensive skills, specific punches against specific weaknesses and so on and on and on.