Ben Wright of the Financial Times in London had dined at Albert's and smoldered while a waiter kept time to the music by beating on his table with a stick. He stared off at the first and said to no one:
"If there was only the remotest chance that the odd French waiter could be pitched atop the flame...."
Characters are emerging.
Arthur Crawley-Boevey is everywhere. In his blazer and scarf and cigarette holder and British accent, he seems like the major reason for planting tea in India. The British pros call him "Groovy Baby" and "Crawley Boozy." He was their field director on the European tour, and they say he has a liking for pink gin.
"Good show, the Continent," says Arthur. "Do a bit of walking about myself. Bit of history around, mind you."
Jean-Louis (Coco) Dupont is a road company Alain Delon. A Parisian bachelor, Coco has the time and energy to be secretary of the European Golf Federation, and the French Golf Federation as well. Coco has probably done a lot to get the European tour organized. When you say his name swiftly it comes out "Go Go Doo Paw," and sounds like you know French.
I asked Fred Corcoran if Go Go Doo Paw was Mr. Big in European golf.
"He wears a 5� shoe," said Fred.
I asked Coco the same question.
Coco said, "I must make this worry, you see, about the petty jealousies of our federations. It is not so easy. It is sometimes impossible. But not always. It is something we must do."