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"We are running a $10 million business here," said Arthur G. Lentz, a brisk fellow with iron-gray hair who has been executive director of the USOC for eight years. "We feel big business should be involved since it helps benefit the kids. Our procedure is to send out letters soliciting offers to contribute and we mail the letters on a staggered basis—to the toothpaste people one week, the shaving people the next, the ice-cream people the next. Ice cream is officially open right now. Eskimo Pie has called. Eskimo Pie is the first to call. I'm positive we'll also hear from Howard Johnson's soon."
Alas, there is no official Olympic ice cream this year, but Olympic House did hear from Gillette, which became the official razor. Rise is the official shaving cream. Brut is the official after-shave lotion.
THE OLYMPIC ART OF DEMONSTRATING FOR A CAUSE
White Gloves. The opening ceremonies were over and the restored Pentelic marble stadium in Athens was abuzz with the murmur of the crowd. The King and Queen of Greece waited expectantly in the royal box. The opening event of the first modern Olympiad—the preliminary heats in the 100-meter dash—had begun. The contestants arranged themselves along the starting line. In one heat there were two Greeks, a German, an Englishman, an American named Thomas Curtis from the Boston Athletic Association and a Frenchman who had taken a swig of red wine only moments before. Many years later, Thomas Curtis wrote:
"As we stood on our marks, I was next to the Frenchman, a short, stocky man. He, at that moment, was busily engaged in pulling on a pair of white kid gloves, and having some difficulty in doing so before the starting pistol. Excited as I was, I had to ask him why he wanted the gloves.
"'Aha!' he answered, 'zat is because I run before ze keeng!' "
With white gloves flashing, the Frenchman ran a showy but slow race, failing to qualify for the finals.
"Later, after the heat was run," wrote Thomas Curtis, "I asked him in what other events he was entered. He was in only two, 'ze cent metre and ze marathon,' to me a curious combination. He went on to explain his method of training. 'One day I run a leetle way, vairy queek. Ze next day, I run a long way, vairy slow.'
"I remember the last day of the Games. The marathon had been run.... The king and queen had left and the stadium was about to be closed up for the night. And then, all alone, the little Frenchman came jogging into the stadium running 'vairy slow' and passed in front of the empty thrones of the royal box, wearing his little white kid gloves, even though 'ze keeng' was not there to see them."
The Bible. At the 1908 Games in London, Forrest Smithson, of Notre Dame, was so incensed that the 110-meter hurdle race was being held on a religious holiday that he ran with a Bible in his left hand. He won and set a world record.