People: Mar. 9, 1962

Four weeks after the 35-ft. fall that killed two other members of the high wire's famed Flying Wallendas (TIME, Feb. 9), Survivor Mario Wallenda, 22, had recovered sufficiently to undergo two-and-a-half hours of surgery on his shattered spine. "His prognosis for life," announced the Highland Park (Mich.) General Hospital, "is good, but he is a paraplegic, and his chances of walking normally again are hopeless."

The pawns were human when World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik took on the 1957 titleholder, Vassily Smyslov, in a "Peace Fund" benefit match that enthralled 15,000 Muscovites. So were...

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