Pavalon was still laughing, talking about never getting to shoot and discussing Kelly's ancestry when the car reached the farm. The large main house sits just off Route W in Fond du Lac County, 50 miles from Milwaukee.
"Come on," said Pavalon, leaping from the car. "I want to show you the golf course and some of the biggest rainbow trout in the world."
"Golf course? On a farm?"
"Sure," he said, pointing. "Right up on top of that small hill. Come on, we'll take the train."
The train is a tiny open car operated by motorized pulley that runs almost straight up on a pair of rusting 30-foot rails. At the top is the golf course: 110 yards in length, three holes, each one with three different tee locations. Pitch-and-putt. "Great, isn't it?" said Pavalon, standing on the mount and surveying his private links. "Someday I might even try playing the silly game. Let's go back down. I'll let you push the button that starts the train."
At the bottom, 50 feet behind the house, is the first and largest of a series of clear pools, spring-fed and bountiful with fat rainbows. A handful of feed brought better than two dozen of the monsters thrashing to the top of the pool.
"One day," said Pavalon wistfully, "I'm going to come out and spend a whole day fishing for these beauties. Come on, let's look at the deer."
The deer were just a few yards away, 10 of them, in a combination icehouse-fish hatchery, strung up, very dead. They all looked as though they had been on severe starvation diets. "Stunted," said Pavalon, frowning. "I hated to see them killed, but the conservation department said it was the only way to build up the herd. Weed out the weak; leave the strong. We left just one big, strong buck."
From the farm the limousine sped on toward Green Bay, where in a few hours Pavalon was suffering while watching the Packers lose to Chicago. Henry Jordan, the defensive tackle, is a close friend, and, because of the friendship, Pavalon has taken on the role of unofficial financial adviser to some of the other Packers.
"You know," Pavalon said, "it was for people like Henry Jordan, for all professional athletes, that I wanted our basketball team to be a public company. I want an opportunity for everyone, and I mean the players and the coaches, to share in the equity. The way things are today, a ballplayer just can't build up his net worth. You can't do it on a salary; the government grabs most of that. It was important to me that we have a public company so that we would be able to think in terms of stock option plans, of stock bonuses.