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December 13, 1971
After a short but busy stay in New York, where a host of drinking companions accompanied him home, drank with him till he fell asleep and then relieved him of $16,000 in cash and belongings, Actor Richard Harris was understandably anxious to get out of town last week. But on the way to the airport a friend told him about this rugby match going on over at Randall's Island, so Harris, who played a hot-blooded rugger tough in This Sporting Life, diverted his car, missed his plane and watched Australia beat the Eastern Rugby Union of the U.S. 22-3 (page 73). The Aussies then toddled off for a few drinks. Harris, once burned, headed for the airport.
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Everyone's favorite television Nazi, Arte Johnson, formerly of Laugh-In, has been after Commissioner Walter Kennedy for a chance to become a referee in the National Basketball Association. Johnson made his request on the grounds that he had played sports "all the way through the sixth grade." It was Kennedy's view that Johnson's 5'4" height might be a hindrance. "Reluctantly, I have come to a conclusion that you are too short to join our officiating staff," he said. Johnson then threatened a lawsuit charging the NBA with discrimination on account of height. Verrry interesting. But dumb.

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