Virginia Freeman is 25, a hostess for Delta Airlines and as sleek as a DC-8 jet. Occasionally she is assigned to charter flights for football teams. From what she has learned, she offers these tips on in-flight procedure to her sister hostesses.
"Don't worry too much about the college boys," says Virginia. "They're usually real considerate." Her favorite teams are Clemson and Georgia Tech, and her two favorite passengers are Coaches Frank Howard and Bobby Dodd.
" Coach Howard," says Miss Freeman, "takes his little box, a portable spittoon, and goes off in a corner and doesn't bother anyone." ( Howard chews tobacco most of his waking time.) " Coach Dodd," says Virginia, "keeps his boys well disciplined, and before they land, he makes them police the entire plane, and they don't leave a single chewing gum wrapper. Nor do they try to embarrass a girl."
Professional football players do try to embarrass a girl. "Most of them have been around, they're older and more experienced," Virginia believes. "I would say that they can be quite forward."
One of Virginia's girl friends recently escorted the Baltimore Colts on an exhibition-game trip and now knows the Colts can be as frisky at 10,000 feet as on the field. "That was over two weeks ago," said Virginia, "and she hasn't gotten over it yet."
LAST GUYS FINISH NICE
The National Football League is keenly versed in calling a spade a troweling implement. Not long ago it sanctioned a postseason game for the second-place teams in each NFL division, to be played in Miami next January. Naturally enough, the Miami press labeled it the Runner-Up Bowl. The Runner-Up Bowl? Heavens, no, advised the publicity-minded league bosses. It's the Playoff Bowl—even if it's merely the playoff for third place.
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