Rock’s Offer—Linda Cristal & Rock Hudson
Rock telephoned her early in the week—to give her plenty of time. “I’ve just finished ‘Day of the Gun,’ ” he’d explained, “and I’ve a three-week vacation before I start working on the next one.”
“What is it?” she’d asked.
“ ‘Come September,’ ” he’d said, and she’d said, “No, I mean the name of the picture.”
And she heard him laugh, his deep rich laugh. “That is the name of the picture.” And then he asked, “How would you like to go sailing with me?”
She knew it was a compliment. Rock was a fiend for sailing, and she was told he was good at it. She’d never seen his boat. He called her Khairuzan. It was 40 feet long. She sighed, “Ah, it sounds heavenly.” Was there anything more romantic than sailing! She was thrilled.
He promised to pick her up at seven. She forgot to ask, before hanging up, about food, so she packed four sandwiches anyway. That was her first mistake. For a woman’s guide to the real side of sailing—and sailors—please turn the page.
As a woman, the main thing you should know about a boat is that you can never compete with her. It is a man’s first love. As he whispers to her; admires her lines; praises her dependability; don’t ever let him know you are jealous of her, for he will hold it against you for life. Remember, too, on his boat, he is the master! And he’ll appreciate your not calling his galley a kitchen, even if you do spend most of your time down there. When feeding a crew, a good rule of thumb is: for each man, a minimum eight sandwiches. As for time to be alone, just you two on the deck, sunning and laughing and relaxing together—count on him to ask, “What for?”
When he’s racing, stay out of sight. And if by chance, at this time, you’re hit by the boom and thrown overboard, be a good sport. Swim home. Should he look at you with pride in his eyes and say, “I’ve a good catch,” don’t misunderstand. He’s talking about his ketch. So, in concluding, girls, if a fellow invites you on his boat, go—but it can only mean: he’s short a crew member
(P.S. Rock just wants to say, in defense of a man and his boat, he’ll go along with ninety-nine and one-half percent of the above; but the other half is slight exaggeration.)
It is a quote. PHOTOPLAY MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 1960