LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
What was described as the first major auction of North American trophy mounts ever held in New York City took place recently at Manhattan's Christie's East. The collection, owned by Yale's Peabody Museum, originally belonged to A. C. Gilbert, who besides being an accomplished hunter was a gymnast, magician, Olympic pole-vault champion, Yale Medical School graduate, and inventor of the Erector set, a toy construction kit popular with generations of children. The 107 trophies brought $20,000, the highest price being $4,000 for a fully mounted brown bear.
One of the satisfied customers was a Dayton businessman named C. (for Charles) Beaver Boyer III. Over the years Beaver Boyer has acquired 24 beaver paperweights, a dozen toy beavers and scores of sculptures and photographs of that industrious animal, and he will tell you that the beaver was the mascot of the Montreal Olympics, that Ipana toothpaste used the beaver as its symbol and that there's a nice place opening in Vail, Colo. called Beaver Trail Resort. At the New York auction he paid $66 for a mounted beaver head that he plans to display in his living room or office. And to think that for only $6 he could have had a white-tailed deer head.
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA
T shirts went on sale in Bloomington, Ind. last week with the words FREE BOBBY KNIGHT on the front and REMEMBER SAN JUAN on the back. Knight himself was showing no signs of forgetting San Juan, where his U.S. basketball team beat host Puerto Rico for the gold medal in the Pan-American Games and where he is scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 22 on charges of assaulting a policeman. In an interview with The Indianapolis Star's Dave Overpeck on his return to Bloomington, the Indiana coach said, "I clapped when Puerto Rico got the silver medal because that's for second place. That's how I feel about the whole place—it's second-rate."