It remained for Parson Bob Richards, the unchallenged pole-vaulting champion of the world, however, to accomplish two separate and distinct feats of communication with the crowd. In the midst of the day's activities—while two 14 feet 6 inch vaulters were getting into a tie for second, and four 14-foot vaulters were getting into a tie for fourth, Richards left the pit and strolled out on the infield near the official's stand. There he picked up a microphone and made a dandy little speech on behalf of the Olympic Games fund. "When they pass these contribution boxes around why let's everybody put in $10," said he. (Loud laughter.) "I told you," grated the voice of the next announcer, "that he was a preacher." (More laughter.) Then Bob strolled back to the runway and vaulted 15 feet for the 77th time.