You know a man by the company he keeps.
ICING THE BLOOD
Paul Newman and a company of more than 100 film makers left Johnstown, Pa. a week or so ago after spending two months there shooting a movie called Slap Shot! about the rigors of minor league hockey. They spent more than $1 million, used thousands of local people as extras (mostly for crowd scenes in the local rink) and created quite a bit of controversy, partly because of the hard language used in the film to help convey the image of violence in hockey.
Jim Cardiff, coach of the local Johnstown Jets of the North American Hockey League, turned down a $600-a-week acting job in the film because, he said, "I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. I don't use profane language in everyday life. No doubt there is profanity in hockey, but not to the degree it is used in the movie."
Nicholas Visovsky, whose home was a set in the film, was not bothered by the language. "I don't think it's a legitimate complaint," he said. "Professional sport has vulgarity." As for the presence of the film company in town, he said, "I don't recall anything as exciting as this since World War II."
Minor league players were active in the violence-on-ice scenes. One of them, Ray Schultz, said, "It was a lark. My part was like an Indian getting shot off a horse. Fighting, Hollywood style, is a highly technical art. Makeup puts scars, stitches, fat lips, that sort of stuff, on your face. You'd be going at it and some guy would say, 'Cut.' You'd go to makeup and get smeared with a little blood and resume your position. In one scene a guy getting stitched on the bench jumps back into action, the needle and thread still dangling from his face. Crazy!"
John Rubal, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said, "We don't usually get this much publicity unless it's Bethlehem Steel closing down. Some people can't believe that Paul Newman was really in Johnstown. But it didn't impress me. Now maybe if it had been Raquel Welch...."
Well, folks, here it is Eddie Andelman time again, and the demon Boston broadcaster is back with a list of proposed sponsors for his Sports Huddle show. With so many athletes picking up lucrative commercial deals outside sport, Andelman figures their names could eventually become an integral part of the brand names you hear in commercials. For instance, he feels there could be a Pete Ros� winegrower, a Bob Locker dealer ("Put a Bob Locker in your clubhouse") or—another part of the vast Bob conglomerate—a food distributor pushing Bob Veale Cutlets ("From pasture to patio in less time than it takes to say Jack Ham"). Eddie believes that Wilbur Wood, maker of bats, benches and basketball floors, would be a natural advertiser on his show, but is not so sure about a plumbing supply house called the Tommy John Company. He wants to hear commercials for Murray Wall Paper, Salty Parker House Rolls and Gary Player Pianos, as well as an announcer advising listeners to visit their nearest Frank Tanana Amana dealer. Andelman is even thinking of moving to Ohio so that he can be sponsored by the Gates Brown Brown Gates Company, official supplier of gates for the Cleveland Browns.