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SUBJECT: BEN HOGAN
Joan Flynn Dreyspool
June 20, 1955
In an unusually frank interview, golf's silent man discusses his own career, his future, and the changes that are taking place in tournament competition
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June 20, 1955

Subject: Ben Hogan

In an unusually frank interview, golf's silent man discusses his own career, his future, and the changes that are taking place in tournament competition

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"Sometimes I get grumpy. I say things I shouldn't say. Finally your patience wears out," Hogan said.

"I think," Mrs. Hogan said gingerly, "that sometimes Ben has suffered by being such a perfectionist. When he wrote his book, in the evenings after tournaments, he took 10 months to write it. He wouldn't stop until he thought it was right. In everything he does, he works so hard. He insisted upon designing his own boxes and packages for his clubs and golf balls. I think the price he's had to pay by being a perfectionist is that he's missed companionship and friends."

She glanced over at her husband. "Aren't or weren't there many nights," she asked him, as if the question had long preyed on her mind, "when you would rather have been out with the boys, going to a football game or movie, and instead you stayed at home working?"

He studied her words carefully.

"No," Ben Hogan said. "If I had my life to live over, I'd like to do everything I've ever done, the good and the bad."

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