People Staff
July 08, 1974 12:00 PM

Tradition upheld

Queen Elizabeth’s 48th birthday is formally celebrated in June with the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony in London. On hot days, such regal pomp is generally accompanied by the Colouring of the Troop, which ranges from beet red to ashen white, and is usually followed by the collapse of at least one of the stoic, overdressed guardsmen. This prostrate chap, who plummeted in mid-ceremony, is being hustled from royal view.

Channel failure

Spouting water playfully, Tina Spry, a 13-year-old London schoolgirl, splashed about in the murky English Channel, on her way, she hoped, to becoming the youngest person ever to swim it. That honor belonged—and still does—to a California girl named Leonore Modell, who crossed when she was 14 years and five months. Tina braved poor visibility and dense fog for hours, but finally gave up three miles short of the French shore.

Showroom extras

Around auto showrooms, “tornado” suggests some powerful V-8 sedan. But the one that went through Terry Morris’ upstate New York showroom was the real thing. The twister miraculously caused no human casualties, but it knocked down the north wall of the showroom, damaging scores of new cars. Some were wrecked beyond repair, but fixable ones, says Morris, will be offered at a Tornado Sale—one he hopes never to repeat.

Meeting of minds

Umpire Lee Weyer has argued with scarier catchers but none, perhaps, as persuasive as JoAnn Fell, behind the plate in a game between wives and girl friends of the Pittsburgh football Steelers and those of the baseball Pirates. Weyer yelled “Ball” after a pitch, and JoAnn, girl friend of linebacker Jack Ham, disagreed in classic form. In equally classic form, Weyer informed that umpires may be shouted at, but they do not change their minds.

A special on candor

It seemed like an uneventful stockholders’ meeting: A&P supermarkets, the management was proud to announce, had higher profits and a solid outlook. Then how come, a grumpy voice from the audience inquired, the stock’s price was slumping? With rare candor, A&P Chairman William Kane took the microphone: the rival Safeway chain, he told astonished stockholders, was better managed.

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