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THE QUESTION: Should a husband try to teach his wife to ski?
Jimmy Jemail
November 17, 1958
MRS. AVERELL HARRIMAN Albany, N.Y. Yes, if the husband is a good skier. A man proficient in sports should be a good instructor. My husband was one of the first to ski down the N.Y. State development at Whiteface Mountain, in which he has taken such a great interest.
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November 17, 1958

The Question: Should A Husband Try To Teach His Wife To Ski?

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MRS. AVERELL HARRIMAN
Albany, N.Y.
Yes, if the husband is a good skier. A man proficient in sports should be a good instructor. My husband was one of the first to ski down the N.Y. State development at Whiteface Mountain, in which he has taken such a great interest.

MRS. NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER
New York City
I think it's fine for a husband to teach his wife to ski, providing, of course, that he himself is a good skier and a good teacher. Skiing is a beautiful sport, one that husbands and wives can particularly enjoy together, and I love it.

JOSEPH T. MONTESANI
Sportsman
New York and Palm Beach
No. The first thing I saw at the hotel in Aspen, Colo. was a woman being wheeled out with a cast on her leg. Another had a cast on her arm. If a wife broke a limb while her husband was teaching her, she'd nag him the rest of her life.

GARY COOPER
Actor
Hollywood
Yes. As it happened, my wife and I learned to ski together, and we helped each other a lot. Later, I taught our daughter to ski. Skiing is wonderful for the family and the one sport in which you can forget all material things.

MRS. EDMUND S. MUSKIE
Augusta, Me.
Although my husband used to compete in the jumping competitions, I think a wife should first seek a ski instructor. Husbands do not have that much patience. On the other hand, they are simply divine with children.

MRS. SEPP RUSCHP
Wife of General Manager, Mt. Mansfield Co. Stowe, Vt.
No. When a woman knows a man too well, she talks back to him: "You taught me differently yesterday. Why change today? Don't you know what you're doing?" The wife should let her husband enjoy his skiing and learn from an instructor.

YVETTE LAURION
Civic worker
Montreal
Yes. In Montreal the husbands teach their wives everything. The husbands are the bosses. When a husband says to his wife: "You have to ski the way I teach you," she does. She never talks back to him. That's as it should be.

MRS. FRED ISELIN
Wife of co-director, Aspen Ski School Aspen, Colo.
The husbands try to teach their wives to ski, but they never succeed. First, there are polite arguments, then they begin sleeping in separate beds. Next it's separate rooms. Finally she's in Europe to ski while he stays here for a divorce.

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