Before she went into the courtroom Mrs. Tate quietly insisted that she had never received major benefits from the Olympic Fund and had none of the missing money, but in court she told the judge, "I am pleading guilty because I am guilty." Afterward, as she discussed plans to serve her sentence in the shortest possible time, she was asked how she could remain so calm in the face of going to jail.
"Why cry?" she replied. "It just ruins your makeup."
The country's moral fiber was threatened for a brief moment during a Jack Twyman TV interview with Willis Reed of the New York Knicks, between halves of a game that the Milwaukee Bucks and Lew Alcindor eventually won by 13 points from the league leaders. Twyman and Reed were discussing the superb game Alcindor was playing when the following dialogue ensued:
Reed: Lew has done a hell of a job on us.
Twyman (nervous laugh): A little colloquialism there, eh?
Reed (deadpan): Yeah, he's done a real good job.
One of the world's best goose fighters is a Tennessee farmer named Baxter Burdette, whose 115 acres are bordered on three sides by the Blythe Ferry Goose Preserve. Burdette says that geese which dropped in from the preserve ate 100 tons of silage last year that he needed for his dairy cattle. To keep it from happening again Burdette strung yards and yards of slow-burning fuses around his farm, with firecrackers attached and timed to go off at 15-minute intervals.
The ingenious system worked, and Burdette's silage stayed goose-free. But the State Game and Fish Commission and a host of hunters were not amused. They felt that the firecrackers were scaring the geese on the preserve and making them gun-shy. Burdette shrugged. Personally, he explained, he liked geese and wouldn't harm a feather on their heads, but he had to keep them off his farm. It was a matter of economics. The only alternative, he said, would be for him to take his cows in and have them graze on the hunters' lawns.