Not only the 25 whose All-America vignettes are published in this issue, but literally all who were nominated by more than 80 colleges and universities in response to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S invitation, can be called men of achievement. The judges (see page 68) commented on this fact in their verdicts.
"It is not easy to select 25 names from the roster," wrote Meyer Kestnbaum, president of Hart Schaffner & Marx and special aide to President Eisenhower. "Many of the men had distinguished war records and a substantial number of them have been conspicuously successful in their chosen professions. They have quite generally interested themselves in community affairs. It is gratifying to see how many have devoted themselves to working with young people and have exercised a very powerful influence for good." Said William A. Kirkland, board chairman of the First City National Bank of Houston: "It hasn't been easy...to pick out the 25 who, by the narrowest margins, seem to stand out a little more than the others."
One judge faced—and neatly solved—the problem of his own possible election to the Silver All-America. He was Herman Hickman, All-America from Tennessee in 1931, now SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S own football commentator and the man who proposed the Silver Anniversary awards (SI, Oct. 22). The University of Tennessee nominated him in a citation emphatically concluding: "He has consistently reflected great credit on the University of Tennessee, on the State of Tennessee and on football in general." Hickman struck his name from the lists sent to the other judges. More than one of his fellow judges tried to write him in anyway.
ROGER W. BLANCHARD
Dean, Episcopal Cathedral of Jacksonville, Fla.
When Rog Blanchard, lately starting tackle, got out of Boston University in 1932 clutching his A.B., he shared a puzzlement common to college graduates in that Depression spring: how to keep eating. He shipped to the Pacific as a freighter hand, pondered the world and his own uses, turned back and hitchhiked across the U. S. to Episcopal divinity school in Cambridge, Mass. Since then, in seminary and pastorates East, Midwest and South, he has reinforced the message of religion with the regimens of sport, e.g., by organizing a football team among inmates of the Norfolk (Mass.) Prison Colony, by teaching swimming to Air Corps men in World War II. For six years he headed all college work for the Episcopal Church, now serves a southern parish because, with the South in social strain, "the church can be a force for reconciliation."
CHARLES C. TILLINGHAST JR.
Corporation lawyer, New York
Saturday afternoons in the fall of 1931, Charley Tillinghast could be found in the center of the Brown line or blanketed on the bench where, as he says, "there was more time for reflection." Nowadays, locating him can be harder; corporation law keeps him busy between New York and Detroit, sometimes takes him overseas. The reflections of Undergraduate Tillinghast led him to Columbia Law School, a near-top standing in his class, a job and eventual partnership with the select Wall Street firm now known as Hughes (for Charles Evans Hughes Jr.), Hubbard, Blair & Reed. Lawyer business tends to be client's business and thus confidential, but the Silver Anniversary judges were also impressed with Tillinghast's longtime community roles. Two current ones: trustee of Brown, treasurer of famous Riverside Church, New York.