"Someday," he said, "there'll be a man walking down the streets of Los Angeles and he'll drop dead because of a lack of mercury. Mercury is in everything you eat. It doesn't hurt you."
Biaggini is president of one of the largest individually owned mercury mines in the world.
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES HIM
It is the firm conviction of Steve Young, who once studied for the Catholic priesthood, that he has a golfing "partner" upstairs, and he has the scores to prove it. Out on the course, Young has frequent talks with Him, mostly to complain about his game.
At Denver's Meadow Hills Country Club a while back, Young put together the most extraordinary nine holes of golf ever played over a par-36 stretch by an amateur in the U.S. The 27 strokes he took on the front nine included a double eagle, two eagles, two birdies, four pars and just nine putts, two of them wasted on one hole. The 27 has been bettered only twice, both times outside the U.S. Peter Butler once carded a 26 at Old Course in Sunnydale, England. Closer to home, Max Bandury shot a 26 at Woodstock Golf Club in Woodstock, Ontario. In 1962 Homero Blancas, then an amateur, shot a 27-28—55—on a par-70 course in Longview, Texas. The only professional golfer to equal the feat in America is Mike Souchak, playing in the 1960 Texas Open. His 27, however, like Blancas', was over a par-35 nine. Meadow Hills is the longest course in Colorado. It carries a PGA rating of 71.9 over its 7,183-yard championship course. Young shot from the white tees, but even these stretch over 6,766 yards.
"The Lord and I have long talks out there on the course," Young said, "and I knew He was doing everything possible to help me out there on that front nine."
He double-bogeyed on No. 10 but finished with an 18-hole score of 63, nine under par.
There is a 50-year-old poker sharpie operating in Buena Park, Calif. He is so good that if you play his variation of the game you'll lose 95% of your bets.
The sharpie is a Japanese koi, which is a kind of carp, and he learned the game from D. Leon Smith, a psychologist who has two years at the University of Texas toward his Ph.D. in learning theory. "If we play 100 hands," says Smith, "Old Gold wins 95."