"TRAVESTY IN TIJUANA" IS THE MOST UNFAIR AND BIASED REPORTING I HAVE
EVER READ. I AM SURPRISED THAT A MAGAZINE OF YOUR CATEGORY WOULD PUBLISH SUCH A
VINDICTIVE ARTICLE OF CHARACTER ASSASSINATION.
ORETT A CARUTHERS
If Delgado Lozano is a purist then he is the most foul-mouthed and lying purist
I've ever had the misfortune to meet. I was there and met these two obnoxious
men (Correspondents Delgado and Oulahan): they had all other news people
wanting to take pokes at them.
Outright lies (to
name a few) in the article:
1) Pat McCormick
is a Catholic. If he had bothered to ask or refer to her autobiography he would
see that she belongs to the Episcopal Church.
2) Bette gave no
party, did not even plan to give a party after the bullfight. They came to her
room while I was attempting to get her out of her fighting clothes...she was
hysterical, her manager had just suffered a severe heart attack (he is still in
a hospital in Tijuana) and the room was full of people. They made such utter
asses of themselves that Roy Nickerson of the Arizona Star requested they
3) Both girls
fight bulls with shaved horns, which they would know if they had checked—Bette
fought much larger bulls in the Plaza Mexico which they could ascertain by
simple checking with Dr. Gaona. The girls did not meet to sign the contract.
They had never met in person prior to Tijuana—excepting briefly in Cd. Juarez
before Pat's September 1954 goring.
There is no need
to be so vindictive or to lie in order to prove that they don't approve of
women in the ring. I am surprised at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for allowing such
sloppy, slanted writing....
Representing Bette Ford, first lady of bullfighting
ILLUSTRATED'S Delgado and Oulahan admit to one error: the girls did not
evidently confront each other for the signing, though their reactions were as
reported. Otherwise they reply:
"1) Pat told
us in answer to direct question that she is Roman Catholic.
"2) Affair in
Bette Ford's hotel suite after fight might not be technically termed party, but
it was festive occasion, with perhaps dozen friends chatting, laughing and
drinking. As to Bette's appearance and manner, Agent Bond must have us confused
with two other guys. When we entered suite Bette was seated on couch smiling
and gaily greeting friends. She was not undressing, and if she was hysterical
her performance was most remarkable cover-up we have ever witnessed. She was
calm, gay, almost flippant. She was dressed in comely frock, her arm in chic
pink sling. She claimed that shoulder was broken ("My first broken
bone," she informed us in completely playful manner). We thought at time
stylish sling was peculiar way to treat broken shoulder.