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Canadian mining stock promoter Murray Pezim, who is staging the George Chuvalo-Muhammad Ali bout in Vancouver on May 1, has a soiree planned ahead of time that looks like the biggest thing to hit the Northwest since the 747. What Pezim has in mind is to set aside two floors of the Bayshore Inn for a marathon 72-hour bash that will go on until just before the opening bell of the fight. His guests will be mostly from out of town, including a number of groups flying in by charter from places like L.A. and Las Vegas, but Pezim says he also plans to invite the best-paying guest at the hotel, industrialist Howard Hughes, who occupies the top two floors.
It was the judgment of many ring observers that former heavyweight boxer Zora Folley had everything going for him except a killer instinct. Now that he has retired to Arizona and a business even tougher than fighting—selling trucks—his nice-guy image still costs him. In fact, says one fellow salesman, Folley could probably triple his sales if he would push harder. "You'd be surprised how he comes on," he adds. "I've even heard customers apologize for taking his time."
Professional athletes should do what he does, says Richard Burton: sock the money away for that rainy day "which must come." Interviewed by Peter Lorenzo for the London Daily Express with England's top soccer coach, Sir Alf Ramsey, the Welsh-born actor said his lavish gifts to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, and their ostensibly high living habits are deceptive. "We put it away, too.... I've made sure that if anything happens to me, Elizabeth will be all right and vice versa. We look after each other." As for sports stars who are improvident. Burton sketched the following sorry scenario: "He's 45 and he's trying to bum a pint in a pub, and he's thrilled when somebody recognizes him after 10 or 15 years." Then Richard, Liz and Sir Alf went to work on Liz' kicking form.
The latest chapter in the saga of lonesome Joe Kapp is being writ these days back in his old collegiate stomping grounds at Berkeley, Calif. The former Viking and Patriot signal-caller has been dividing his time between his Vancouver, British Columbia real-estate interests and helping Coach Roy White get the Cal quarterbacks into shape. This does not mean, says Kapp, that he will abandon either pro football or his suit against the NFL. It's just that, come spring, an old pro's thoughts turn naturally to football.
Until the final turn it was a case of apr�s moi le field. But then her horse ran out of steam, and Jockey Martine Kosciusko-Morizet, daughter of France's new Ambassador to the U.S., Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet, finished up among the also-rans in the Prix de la Table du Roi hurdles event at the Fontainebleau racecourse. Even so, it made her the first woman to compete in a jumping race on French soil and she was credited with giving her mount, Estena, a good ride. Martine's cool evaluation of her fellow riders: "They didn't do me any favors, but they were very proper and I thank them."
Fortunately Miami Dolphin Quarterback Bob Griese is not a man to hold a grudge. Despite the fact that President Nixon's suggestion of a down-and-in pass play fizzled in the Super Bowl, Griese remains a Nixon booster all the way; he even invited the Chief Executive to help celebrate the Freedom Festival in Griese's hometown of Evansville, Ind. next July. In wiring Mr. Nixon his invitation, Griese acknowledged the President's Super Bowl contribution, then added: "May I return the favor by offering you a surefire touchdown play.... Your presence as our nation's quarterback would insure the successful completion of our game plan." Careful, Mr. President. If the plan works as well as yours did, it could cost you the White House.
Angela Hernandez of Alburquerque, Spain claims she was born to be a matador, and many aficionados who have seen her perform are inclined to agree. The determined and skilled young woman has been frustrated, however, by a decades-old Spanish law banning women from the professional bullring. A few weeks ago Angela brought legal action to have the law invalidated, and while she awaits the decision she continues to fight bulls on horseback as a rejoneadora or at private corridas with women toreras like Carmen Gonzalez, the wife of matador Ord��ez and sister of matador Domingu�n. Why is Angela so anxious to fight in the same rings with the men? "That," she says, "is where the money is."
Walt Patulski, the Notre Dame All-America defensive end and No. 1 pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1972 pro draft, may have to send his regrets to Chicago for the College All-Star Game in July. Patulski is running in the New York primary as a delegate to the Democratic Convention for Senator Edmund Muskie, and about the time the college hotshots are practicing for their debut against the pros Patulski might be coming to the aid of his party in Miami Beach. One man who won't be a bit sorry if Patulski misses the All-Star fete is his new coach at Buffalo, Lou Saban, who figures—perhaps naively—that the odds against injury at a political convention are a lot better.