Sport: Harvey's Hero

To Hollywood Haberdasher Harvey Othel Knox, 45, picking a college for stepson Ronnie was simply a business transaction—like selling a $250 suit. A handsome 180-pounder, long-legged (6 ft. 1 in.) Ronnie was one of the hottest high-school backfield stars ever to hit Southern California. Some 27 colleges were bidding for his services. For Harvey, the only question was: Which institution of higher education would be willing to pay the right price?

Harvey mused over the bright promises. Was a brand-new convertible right now better, for example, than the guarantee of a future job in the oil industry? It was a tough...

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