On the nifty gifts side, farmer Adam Lythgoe got a set of golf clubs for Christmas. Jolly good. In fact Lythgoe got so excited that he went right out and bought his own golf club, at Rhos-on-Sea, Denbighshire.
Columnist Russell Baker, writing under the headline Arteriosclerosis of the Heroes, views with suspicion the latest list of the country's 10 most admired men, who turn out to be Richard Nixon, Billy Graham, Teddy Kennedy, Spiro Agnew, Pope Paul, Ed Muskie, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Hubert Humphrey and Harry Truman. Stuffy, says Baker, and depressing. "Can it truly be that a people who once boasted that they admired John L. Sullivan, Honus Wagner, Jack Dempsey, Red Grange, Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth more than Presidents McKinley, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge and Hoover have grown so solemn that they admire Agnew more than Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Brooks Robinson or Lew Alcindor?" That's what the poll said. Where are the sports figures of today? Say it ain't so, Spiro.
Scene: The Windham Mountain Club in upstate New York, a semiprivate ski area. Little Trade Hardart, 3, whose family is with the Horn & Hardart automat chain, is lost. Along comes this part-time skier who spots Tracie wandering out in the cold, scoops her up, returns her to the lodge and saves the day. Hooray for the skier. Nice job of detective work. He gets back into his limousine and heads off to New York City where, as Mayor John V. Lindsay, he finds his whole police force is on strike.
Why look! It's Sugar Ray Robinson getting a pretend-cut applied over his eye for an appearance on TV's Mod Squad. Nasty-looking cut. And the makeup expert ain't exactly Charles of the Ritz. It's Rocky Graziano. But, why not? Rocky probably figured it was his last chance to cut Sugar Ray.
The week's sporting free plug goes to Tokyo's Michio Kurokawa, 23, a waiter who is trying to make it as a singer. Michio wants publicity for his new ditty, Love on Shiga Plateau. So he puts an ad in the paper, right? Wrong. He athletically clambers out a sixth-floor window and hangs from a metal screen outside a Ginza department store. Nice stunt, but the cops haul him in. And Love on Shiga Plateau still hasn't made the Top 20. Well, keep plugging, Michio. Hang it all out, baby.
After 220 years of existence England's prestigious Jockey Club has finally done it: the board recently elected Sir Gordon Richards to membership. Nice touch, since Sir Gordon, 26 times a champion and retired from training at 66, is the first real jockey ever to get into the club.
This is not really a PEOPLE, as promised in the headline at the top of this page. This is Key Knight, a trotter, and Key Knight is trying out this swell new polyurethane foam nose cone to keep him warm while trotting in, say, 20� or less. Go ahead, snicker if you must. But just remember that Key Knight might win by a nose.