Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
______ _______________________ Wndn.lHoy, November 15, THF lETHBHIDCf HMAID By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NBA) Ever since he was a kid, Mark Spitz wanted two things out of 'life a fistful of Olympic medals and financial security. He got his first wish in Mu- nich. Seven medals, seven sym- bols of swimming superiority. And that feat is about to lead him to his second goal- Spitz just signed a deal with Schick, Inc., to become a mem- ber of their "world-wide mark- eting team." It was announced as a "lifetime association." What wasn't announced was that it brought Spitz a reward in seven figures, and, unless he goes haywire, that should be his dream of financial secu- rity. "I want security." Spitz said, in an exclusive interview, "so I'll neve- have to worry again. It's not for any present extra- vagances T don't even have another suit to wear tomorrow but lor security. GOAL "That's always been my goal. That's why I decided, a long time ago, on oral surgery as my career. Oral surgeons do very well." But herroes do better. And that's what Spitz Is, and that's what attracted the Schick peo- ple to him. Edward E. Ettin- ger, the company's board chair- man, thinks that way. "Spitz is the nearest thing to a Lindbergh type of hero this country has had in many Ed Ettinger says. And one day Ettinger was out on the links at Ilillcrest Goll Club in Los Angeles. So was Spitz. The swimmer is tak- ing golf lessons already he in the low 90s end the two men found themselves In the same foursome. "We walked around I o r Ettinger says, "and then it came to me. So I turn- ed around to Mark and I said, 'I want you.' ENTICED To entice him Into his opulent Ettinger asked Spitz what kind of car he'd like. Spitz said he'd like a brown Lincoln Mark IV with stereo casette sys- tem. "Three hours later I delivered It to Ettinger says. There were lots of orl'cre coming Spitz' way. But the agency that handles him he's lined up a top agent and n top publicity firm recom- mended the Schick's one first. There will be others. There will be acting deals, too He's already done some variety shows Bob Hope and Bill Cosby and much more will follow. Spitz gives the impression that he wasn't loo happy with his first appearance, on Hope's show. He only got the script on Sunday, he and Ihey tap- ed it the next day in one take. There were no rehearsals. Hope doesn't like to run through his skits more than once. DRIVE "1 think I was all Spitz says, "hut I'd have liked to have done it again 1 aga This drive he has for finan- cial security cannot be explain- ed by looking at his youth. He didn't come from a poor back- ground. His father is an en- gineer with a scrap metal com- pany and makes a good living. He always lived comfortably. "I began swimming when I was he says. "I always had an aptitude for it. Some kids find their identity in Little League baseball. I found ''mine in the swimming pool." He never thought about much else just swimming and, then the ambition to finish col- lege and go on to dental school. The idea of acting never really occurred to him MOVIE FAN "Oh, once in he says, "I'd go to the movies and I'd fantasize about how nice it would be to be In the leading man's shoes and kiss all the pretty girls. But it was just an idle dream." But that's all. No Beting les- sons. No high school or college plays, Not even any speech practice. If it hadn't been for hi' phenomenal sweep in Mu- nich, he'd be looking at teeth at the University of Indiana Den- tal School right now. His Olympic career, he says produced some peculiar num- erical coincidences. "I entered six events in Mex- ico City in '68 and seven events in Munich in '72." he says. "That's a total of 13 events unlucky, right? I won four med- als in '68 and seven in '72 that's 11 medals. And that's supposed lo be lucky." LUCK So ma3'be luck didn't have very much to do with It. Bui he has a way of explaining his j Olympic career. Halloween fund drive successful FOREMOST (Special) The annual Halloween campaign on behalf of UNICEF raised a total of in Foremost this year, compared with last year's total of Collection amounts were up both in the community Hallo- ween night canvas by the Fore- I most Cub Pack, and in the col- I lection boxes in the classrooms at Foremost School. The school I Uilal was and the commu- nity Top room in the school was the grade five and six room of Mrs. Roy (Irene) Wallman, or- ganizer of the campaign in the Foremost district. The second place award went to Jane Tliiessen's grade two class. Mr. Tagg's grade lour class was third, and the grade two and three class of Margaret Grigel was fourth. OVtRTOWERING Eiffel Tower isn I ilie fyu-iull it onco wcii, now ihnt has something nkin lo iky- tcropnri. Anyhow, from Iliii view. "I believe in the old parlies or premieres, he does he says. "The one about the j no interviews to speak of, and dog who stops to go to the bath- so far litre's no gossip about room won't catch the rabbit. Well, I stopped to go to the bathroom, I guess but it his doing much dating. HOBBIES "I spend most of my time looks like I'm going to catch I my he says. "I the rabbit anyhow." He's turned his back com- pletely on swimming. He says take pictures. I'm pretty good. I lake pictures of all kinds of things sometimes pretty girls, he hasn't even been in the sometimes bottle caps in the water since he climbed out of (gutter for ecology. And I have the Olympic pool in Munich, after his last triumph. He also says that if he'd been as suc- cesslul in Mexico City in '68 as he was in Munich in '72, he would have quit then. He's so far removed from things natatorial that he's not even in the Hollywood swim His advisers are keeping him pretty much under wraps here swimming, but he's still mak- he goes to none of the big ing a splash. JVot always funny Bike accidents soar in America my stereo I like all kinds of music and I've got some great You'll be hearing more of Mark Spitz. He'll do many of j Schick's commercials. He'll be acting and appearing on variety shows. Undoubtedly, he'll Iw in the gossip columns. He's got it made. No more BOSTON (AP) From the Boston Common In the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, bicycle riding is on the so are injuries and deaths as- sociated with the bike's chal- lenge of the automobile's su- premacy on the road. More American adults are Joining In what used lo be a kid's pastime of biking for fun, and many serious com- muters are using two wheels instead of four to avoid the traffic snarls of rush hour and strike H blow for ecology at tire same time. But some, like Kalhy ?.Tn- Kcnna of Boston, find thai biking tan be less than a joy ride. Miss McKenna was cycling to her job recently when she found herself sandwiched be- tween two lanes of cars on a busy street. The 20-year old secretary says she moved with the traffic flow for a few blocks when a car in the left lane began moving to the right. "At that she said, "the only thing I could do was put on "the brakes and hope for the best." The best for her was hitting Ilie rear of .the turning car, tumbling over her handlebai-s. rolling off the trunk and hit- ting the pavement. Miss Mc- Kenna escaped her ordeal with only a sprained wrist, but other cyclists aren't al- ways so lucky. The National Safety Council says there were 820 bike-auto fatalities in tbe U.S. last year, compared with 490 In 1961, and estimates that 880 bicycle riders will be killed this year. 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