The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 8, 1976 · Page 9
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 9

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Tuesday, June 8, 1976
Page 9
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Mark Spitz—overwhelmed by success Unknowns win J WiUrf UitUQlj^nE natural ffiri tnrvntin*. «^._»»_.-_*_.„__j *_t_ ... . . .- » in French Open ma'Mark Spitz natural for a lucrative career in the movies and on television the young Californian discovered Hut his greatest claim of his rainbow. *• "I MS a porpoise out of water, the handsome, 26-year-old swimming wizard said as he pondered one of sport's most astonishing disappointments. "I was not prepared for the adulation I received. I could not handle the total world," added SJiiti in his first introspective interview since dropping out of the spotlight after his 1972 triumph. ifclfywood-handsome, one of the great athletes of the age, a , — . went into a restaurant or a lounge, they wanted to give me a free glass ol milk," Spitz said, recalling the reaction to one of his many television commercials, "i may have helped' the milk •industry but 1 found people joking and making fun of me for drinking milk." Returning from Munich in 1972, with his unprecedented seven gold medals and seven world records, Spite was hailed as a national hero. He was invited to Washington, where members of Congress gave him a reception normally accorded princes and potentates. Agents "HEY MOM! Father's Day is Sunday, June 20... This y*»r, kfs set me whole family together and buy Dad something he ready wants ... and something that can help him stay physically fit as Well! THE SEKINE FIVE SPEED BICYCLE IS NOW ON SALE1 $109 95 SHCJ75 Res. SU9.95 Beckltmd-Rian has many other lightweight custom built bicycles to choose from. They have a wide assortment ol lo-speeds with such names as KabulH, Sekine, Ross, Mossberg and Arctic I I "And Mom — You could come biking with us. Becklund-Rian has a custom built Arctic 3 speed women's bicycle lor only $49.54!" I BECKLUND-RIAN OIL AND MARINE 1100 N. Union Fergus Falls fawned over him. Women lushed. Madison Avenue went batty. He was the hottest commercial commodity of the generation. He was called "the greatest hero since Lindbergh." The William Morris Agency, which specializes in Hollywood talent landed him for £ million. Endorsement bids poured in from all over the work). A -clothes manufacturer in Portugal offered (1 million for a five- year contract A West German sporting goods company proposed HC.OOO if Spitz would plug its products. Similar offers came from other companies. The Morris Agency went to work getting America accustomed to the face of the good- looking Olympic champion. He made his public debut on the Bob Hope Show-normally a springboard to stardom. He saturated the TV screens with appearances 'on the talk shows-Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson. He began-for a princely price-plugging everything from electric razors to swimming pools, milk to hair dryers and credit cards. His price tag for personal appearances was J12.500. The 'Mark Spitz Look" became the thing. Young business types copied the bushy dark hair hanging just slightly over the ears and the well-trimmed mustache. Then, suddenly, Spitz all but disappeared from the nation's TV screens, except in periodic commercials. His projected movie career went sour. Norman Brokaw, the agency executive who handled this fragile piece of china, made the excuse that Spitz had been offered as many as 30 movie roles but all had been turned down because they were wrong for Surv.ey is taken on duck crop ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Preliminary results tit a May breeding pair suivey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) show the state.may produce another bumper crop of ducks this year. But DM! officials said the survey also showed there was a lot less water in. sloughs and potholes because of the drought, and generally the duck population' Is proportionate to the water supply. "We're seeing more birds than a year ago," said Bob Jessen, DNR waterfowl biologist "The number of breeding pairs of mallards appears to be up about 20 per cent, although that may be the high side of the estimate." "The water shortage is serious," Jessen added. "You'll note that there are very few coots (mudhens) in the state this year. I'm sure they over- flew the state when they saw the water levels. Manitoba must be loaded. They're reporting the best water conditions in southwestern Manitoba in years." his image. "Everyone wanted to do a Tarzan remake," Brokaw satd. "You can't take a hero and have him play a bank robber right away." Looking back, Spitz could see the matter with greater objectivity and honesty. "In the beginning, there might have been some exploitation," be said. "Some of the parts were real crazy, not adaptable to my personality. But the situation is stagnant now. I think Hollywood has forgotten about me." Spitz acknowledged that the fault may lie with his personality. As the world's best swimmer, he was sullen and introverted. He hated interviews. He often ignored and even insulted the press. He was jealous of his own privacy. "1 will admit it, I am a complex person," he said. "I am the first to realize my faults. "After all, I had spent 12 years of my life swimming and disciplining myself. During lhat period, 1 had no chance to cultivate a grace in dealing with other people. 1 hated lo have people always pulling at me, saying, 'Do this, do that.' Undoubtedly, I built up an animosity." Sjiite said he was not resentful of all of the press—"! have had a good press and a bad press"-but that a few may have turned "him against the whole, J'First of all, I don't like to talk about .myself," he said. "Then 1 started to get the same questions over and over. All I heard was about medals and . money. Nobody ever tried to find out what makes me tick." Spitz said one of he problems was that he was too honest He wasn't able to smile and roll with the punches, as some people can. He resented tinsel and phoniness. .' "Everything with me has been concrete," he continued. "I always tried td give honest answers. When I came back from the Olympics, I wasn't professional I was functional, not adaptive. That was the trouble." ' Once in 1973, Spitz became so discouraged that he threatened i We couldn't revolutionize the foot. So we revolutionized the shoe. The contoured soles are uniquely flexible. They put power in every step ;md provide full.;ircli support. The revolutionary dip-in heel is the foundation for a whole new comfortable way of walking. Free-Wheeler 1 in Sand Brushed leather. *32 ree^wneeiers by FREEMAN OPEN THURSDAY EVENINGS UNTIL »:OOP.M. SHOP HERE... GET YOUR PARK-0-SHOP TOKENS Arneson - Larson • Milton CLOTHES FOR DAD AND IAD! to throw everything overboard and devote his life to the cause of Israel. He also said he might return to dental school. About three years ago Spitz met and married Suzy Weiner, 22, daughter of one ol his father's business associates, They live in a twoH-oom condominium in Marina del Key, on the outskirts of Los Angeles! "We go lo som» Hollywood affairs, but we are not part of the Hollywood swing set," Spitz said. "Our friends are young like ourselves. They don't drive Rolls-Royces. They treat us as average people. We play tennis and golf, I still swim some. But 1 never look at the dock." PARIS <AP) - Tennis' East wind, the one that Mows winners westward from the lands of borscht and goulash, has carried two new names to this side of the Danube. There's a Kibak and a Taroc- zy, both lean and good and young, and doing what they can at the French Open Tennis Tournament to set names like Kodes and Nastase in the back seat. Balazs Taroczy, a 22-year-old Hungarian who eliminated Czechoslovakia's Jan Kodes Sunday, plays Arthur Ashe today. - . Wojtek Fibak, the 23-year-old Pole regarded a:, Europe's most improved player, also is in action picking up a match against Eddie Kbbs that was called because of darkness Monday after they split sets, Dibbs winning the first 7-6 and then losing 7-5. Taroczy, whose father is an architect and a member of what passes for (he privileged classes in Hungary, is a student in his third year of political sci- Fergus Falls (Mo.) Jourial Tu«., June 8,1976 13 ence. He doesn't play enough now lo be well known, bul his graceful, calm style and tough backhand helped Hungary to win the European Nations Cup last year. His problem is that his physi. cal condition is not perfed, and that he could use more muscle. Fibak is the biggest thing ever to hit Polish tennis, winning the Stockholm title after victories over Naslase and Guillerrno Vilss of Argentina, taking out Bjorn Borg in Monte Carlo, and Manuel Orantes in the British llardcourt final. HiiuiiiiHiiiiiiiitmi uiiwiiiiuniiiHBiiiiiiiuiiiiajiiiiiiiiBiiiiiiiiijut By Abigail Van Buren piano player makes awful church music DKAU AllltY: OM of the reasons I used 10 love lo go 10 church VMS ihe ne KV , music. Well, our organist moved out of town, and now 3 piano player is playing [he organ II is punishment lo listen lo her. She brags lhat-she lias never had an organ lesson in her Me. and believe me. il is obvious. She is such j pleasam and willing person'ihai nobodv wants to complain, bul-if they don't gel rid of her and get an organist. I will quit coming in church, and so will several of my friends. ( Our clergyman must IK lor.edeaf. So what's ihe solution? This is a small town. No name, please. CHURCHGOER UKAH GOER: You and Ihe others who start your vieu should call on the clergyman and siiggesl that he consider Retting an organist-or pdurate the piano player. IJKAH AHiJV: I'feasc don't pul me down ami call me a starry-eyed dreamer, out I have a terrific cmsh on my doctor.'1 am a happily married young woman wiih a perfectly good husband ami two bcauliful children. So ti-bv is this doctor on my mind all ihe lime? I lold my hushand'alxiut il and even asked him if maybe i should change dnclm-s. and he said il wouldn't do any good-lhat 1 wnuld probably develop a crush on the ne.i'l one. And besides, he says, it's nothing unusual because nearly every woman is in lovu'wilh her doctor. Is thai true? I am sure jny doctor Jwsn'c have a clue thai I have this wild crush- on him. and I know there's no chance of his twcmnmg mieresled in me. Uil ihal doesn't change my feelings aboul him Any suggestions' DEAR GOT: XM every tiorrmn has a crush on her doctor bul il s nol unusunl lo mistake Mings of cratilude admiration, respm and hi-ro-«orship for romantic love Analy/e your feeling.., and rmigni/f them for nhal thev are btfore your ncxl appointment, or your cloclor won't be able to get an accurate history of your normal blood pressure, pulse and heartbeat. I am overreacting, bul 1 don'l UKAH ABBY:-Perhaps ihink so. After 38 years nf a i™r.dorhil marriage, inv husband passed away. Lately, and especially at Christmastime I received a large number of cards addressed to "Mrs Agnes Snuih." 1 even received some Lively stationery ivjih "MBS AliNKb SMITH" primed on ii. Il is like i knile culling uff the last lie with my late husband. Isn t it proper lo be aiidresswl as "Mrs Harold bmilh ? I realize thai for business purposes, my legal name is Agnes biuuh. but socially, until and unless I remarrv 1 am "Mrs. Harold Smiih." am I r.ot? Perhaps if you publish this. SOUK of my friend- will realize how deeply they have hurl me Thank you MRS. HAKOL'D SMITH , DEAR MRS. SMITH: You are indeed Mrs Harold smith, and should be addressed as such sociallv. Jaeger's Furniture And Carpet HIGHWAY 210 EAST, FERGUS FALLS Shop frOM 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekday* Satvrdays 9 a.M. to 5 P.M. Many Swivel Rockers 3-Piece Family Room Set Sofa, Love Seat and Chair Covered in 100 Percent HercuIon Plaid Was $389.00 NOW $ 299 King Koil Firm Quilt. Mattress & Box Spring NOW $ 119sET NOW $ l89sn Fill She Was S189 .SO Qiteii She Was $149.00 2-Piece Family Room S«1 Schweiger Sofa and Love Seat Cotonwl Styl« — Covered in Brown Vinyl Was IU9.00 NOW $ 509 Large assortment of covers and colors Were $119.00 NOW $ 69 All-Purpose Carpet Indoor-Outdoor—S'«"x 1 \'t" in many color s Were$»« $| J LAMPS Es t7 50% OFF I SOFAS From *l 79 BEDROOM SETS Dresser, Chest, Headboard ami Mirror AJ Low As $ 159 Th«s« and Many MOM Croat largalm - Save at Jaeger's Furniture & Carpet Highway 210 East, Fergus Falls All Sales Final - On The Spot Financing

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