"Miss Taylor does not actually play golf," said a studio spokesman of the shot of Elizabeth, in full 16th century costume, hacking away at a golf ball on the set of Anne of a Thousand Days. "Just a publicity picture, really." Some people will do anything to make a name for themselves.
Magnificent, the cable read, PLUS ULTRA FORMIDABLE PEDLING PROGRESSION...OPPY. Australia's Sir Hubert Opperman, now High Commissioner in Malta, thus applauded Countryman Vie Browne for having broken the world 24-hour unpaced cycling record, which he himself had held for 20 years. Sir Hubert's distance was 506 miles, 396 yards. Browne did 524 miles, 639 yards. Sir Hubert could acknowledge the new record with genuine enthusiasm, because not only is Browne a fellow Australian, he is the grandson of Opperman's trainer and his run was made over the same route Sir Hubert took in 1939. When Browne first gave it a try in 1967 he asked Opperman's advice. Sir Hubert counseled him as to choice of gears, food (solid food for the first 16 hours, "after that it's like ashes in the mouth so switch to liquids") and suggested he avoid self-pity during the inevitable periods of physical depression. Evidently, this time Browne, a 27-year-old plumber, followed the advice, though when it was all over he did let down and admit, "It was a nightmare. I'm doubtful I could have gone farther...I feel like a dehydrated cow."
Joe Namath is back in the bar business—this time in Boston. A recent ad in the Boston Globe announced, "Bachelors III has openings for cocktail waitresses...must be attractive with good figures...bring a bathing suit." It would seem that Namath's new club isn't going to get its waitresses through Namath's (and Mickey Mantle's) new employment agency, since the latter organization mailed a frosty reply to a club manager requesting topless go-go dancers. "The theatrical division has not yet been activated," said Mantle Men and Namath Girls, Inc., "but we will be happy to advise you as soon as it is."
In 1929, when he was 12, Douglas Heck swam the Bosporus and became the youngest American to have done so. Thirty-eight years later Heck, now the U.S. consul general at Istanbul and still a strong swimmer, swam the strait again, to become, almost certainly, the youngest and the oldest American to have made it. Presumably Heck swam the Bosporus for the second time because upon returning to Istanbul he noticed that it was still there.
Israel's Golda Meir keeps up no mean pace for the age of 71, but her friends are at a loss to account in any conventional way for the prime minister's fitness. She chain-smokes three or more packs of cigarettes a day, drinks gallons of coffee and "likes to listen to classical music and gab with cronies"—none of which is a real body-builder. However, her personal aide, Lou Kadar, does say that Mrs. Meir "doesn't mind climbing up stairs."
Mark Traynor, a New York beauty consultant, is already a big name in body painting and facial jewelry. Now he has created two new hairstyles—the Hawk and the Pepitone. "Just like the originals," he explains, "only a little shorter, because they're for girls."
At the National Governors' Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller just happened to remark that he had owned 14 private planes, which led Governor Lester Maddox of Georgia to confide that all he had was a bicycle. Later, after the Southern Governors' Conference in Williamsburg, Va., Rockefeller presented Maddox with a bicycle! Shortly after that, Governor Nelson Rockefeller did his brother one better he gave Maddox a motorbike! Somebody ought to remind the Rockefeller boys that a bike was what Maddox told them he had in the first place.
Eight University of Houston students recently marched into the office of President Philip G. Hoffman to demand that the school's new field house be named for Elfin Hayes, but they shortly marched back out again to report meekly, "He taught us the facts of fund-raising life." Hoffman had made it clear that the building would be named the [Judge Roy M.] Hofheinz Pavilion, because without $1.5 million from the Hofheinz Foundation the $6 million structure couldn't be completed. In other words, without the Establishment, no establishment.