For his 65th birthday Senator Strom Thurmond decided that he would do 100-plus push-ups in the morning instead of his usual 75. Thurmond is a non-drinking, non-smoking gentleman who keeps a 66-pound barbell and two smaller handbars in his office the way other men keep a flask—for a quick nip, in his case, of exercise. His regimen is clearly a success. Strom Thurmond, holder of the Senate filibuster record, does not suffer from shortness of breath.
Judge Marlow Cook, of Louisville's Jefferson County, was never much of a football player himself, but he led a vigorous fight for the sport at the University of Louisville in 1965 after he had become a member of the board of trustees. The faculty had voted to quit intercollegiate football, but Cook fought successfully to retain it. Since then UL has done reasonably well in the Missouri Valley Conference, and recently Cook did reasonably well at the university's football banquet. One of his four 50� chances won him a football signed by the Cardinal players and coaches, to say nothing of a kiss on the cheek from a cheerleader. Judge Cook, who recently was defeated in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Kentucky, gratefully told the crowd of 300, "This is the first thing I've won since 1965."
"They'll sure as hell think I had something to do with it. I didn't," Oiler Defensive End Don Floyd said indignantly. What he didn't have anything to do with was a buxom Houston entertainer, one Miss Terre Tale, rushing to the bench to hug him and kiss him twice. "The coach is already a little down on me because I'm not playing well," Floyd mourned, and we can believe it. A pro football player who does not want to be kissed but can't struggle free until it has happened twice does not seem to be at the top of his form.
They all look happy, but of the Boston notables keeping fit Pitcher Jim Lonborg (below, left) certainly has the prettier partner—no offense meant to either Governor John Volpe or Carl Yastrzemski (below, right). Yaz and the Governor have been working out regularly at the Colonial Health Club in Wakefield, Mass., under the eye of Trainer Gene Burde. When Yastrzemski checked in with him last year, Burde promptly set him to skipping rope, running in place, jogging and doing push-ups on his fingers. Yaz subsequently was quoted as saying, "I didn't get as tired this season," a fact which several people noticed in October. As for Lonborg, he has taken up skiing and has been vacationing on the intermediate slopes at Vail and Aspen. "I'm not really worried about broken bones or anything like that," he reports. "I don't go very fast yet."
The King and Queen of Nepal recently completed a particularly successful hunting trip to Alaska. Each bagged a fine Kodiak bear, the King's probably of record size, but excellent shots such as their majesties could have been expected to manage that. The real achievement lay in getting a lot of their Christmas shopping done at the same time. Things are a little slow on Kodiak Island of a winter's night, so King Mahendra and Queen Ratna addressed themselves to the Sears, Roebuck catalog and selected $1,200 worth of gifts to be airfreighted back to Nepal at a cost of an additional $1,000—among them such objects of less-than-oriental splendor as hunting socks and men's undershirts and drawers.
The U.S. Senate got sidetracked recently from student dissent to the issue of which is the country's best football team. Senator Albert Gore of Tennessee suggested that Secretary Rusk, heckled at Indiana U., accompany him to "see the University of Tennessee establish its No. 1 rating over the University of Oklahoma." Senator Mike Monroney of Oklahoma retorted that his colleague was displaying "questionable acumen and insufficient knowledge of football.... When the count is in, I believe the Senator will find that he still does not have the No. 1 football team. Oklahoma is No. 1." Senator Monroney attributed the grandeur of his state to its team, its young coach, and, poetically, "to the new and better soil, the pure water, and the warm air and the wind that blows...." All in all there was a good deal of warm air blowing, but at least no one on the Senate floor put into the Congressional Record a declaration that football is a game of inches.
Poet Clement Moore referred to Santa Claus as "a right jolly old elf," a choice of words which means that Moore was hung up for a rhyme. We all know what shape Santa Claus is, but the adjectives connected with "elf" in Webster's dictionary are "frail," "diminutive" and "dainty." Poetic license is O.K., but even Moore might have hesitated to invoke it to describe one Santa in Florida this year. Man Mountain Dean Jr. has taken on the role, and his weight is up to 710 pounds.
Everybody knows that Richard Burton is a sport, and so, it appears, is his brother, in a businesslike sort of way. Graham Jenkins ( Burton formerly was a Jenkins, too) is general manager of the Aberavon Lido, a sports and amusement complex in Wales which will be, when completed, the largest in Britain. It comprises, among other things, an Olympic-size pool, an indoor sports center frequented even now by Olympic competitors, tennis courts, cricket, football and rugger pitches, running tracks, etc., to say nothing of a pub.