Philip’s carriage trade
The price of polo pony feed is up, and he is 54, so Prince Philip has forsaken chukkers for carriage driving. The Prince keeps in training by donning his coaching apron and taking a dust-raising spin around the royal residences. Philip helped the British team to a sixth-place finish (out of seven entries) at the European championships in Poland last August. Critics, looking for the discreet word, praised the Prince’s driving as “consistent.”
All over Clyde
Basketball superstar Walt Frazier knows what it’s like to be part of a nifty quintet. But the New York Knicks’ guard, esteemed as one of Manhattan’s most eligible bachelors, faced an embarrassment of feminine riches when he served as a judge for the Miss Bicentennial Revolution beauty contest. But “Clyde Cool” didn’t cry foul when presented with an opportunity to demonstrate he still has “the fastest hands in the East.”
Sarge joins the charge
“I’m not a stalking horse for Ted Kennedy,” declared Sargent Shriver as he became the seventh official Democratic presidential hopeful. Not that he has any aversion either to old dobbin, whom he mounted in Cleveland where he attended a party rally, or the Kennedy clan, a covey of whom (including his mother-in-law Rose and sister-in-law Jackie Onassis) signed on as members of the Shriver for President Committee. With Ethel Kennedy and his wife, Eunice, on hand for the Washington announcement, 59-year-old Shriver invoked John F. Kennedy, saying, “I intend to claim his legacy.”
Heath hails Mao
How hale is Mao Tse-tung? Reports have it that Red China’s Chairman is occasionally incoherent, with eyes glazed and speech unintelligible—only his interpreters make Mao sound clear and cogent. But when former British Prime Minister Edward Heath returned to China for his second visit in 16 months, the 59-year-old Conservative and 81-year-old Mao reestablished an easy rapport and, following a preliminary handshake, chatted about international affairs. Afterward, Tory Heath issued his own medical diagnosis: to him the Chinese leader seemed in comparatively good health.
From Malik’s brow
Having been the Soviet Union’s permanent envoy to the U.N. since 1968, Yakov Malik found the debate on Cyprus at the opening of the new session rather well-worn. When similarly bored, U.N. delegates usually shut off their earphones and ponder diplomatic issues with their eyes closed. The 68-year-old Malik chose the moment to comb out his eyebrows, a novel breach of protocol. Back home, a bushy-browed Brezhnev would understand.
Richardsons’ pit stop
It meant a dark day when Anne Richardson, Radcliffe ’52, mentioned to British mineworkers leader Joe Gormley at a London reception that she had written her college thesis on the British coal industry. Upon Gormley’s invitation, Anne and husband Elliot, U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James, donned hardhats and took a two-hour subterranean tour a half-mile down in the Thoresby Colliery in Sheffield. Upon surfacing, the Richardsons exchanged grins over the discovery that, financial problems notwithstanding, Britain’s coal mines still run in the black.