37 ( +1 | -1 ) Fischer...The legend of Bobby Fischer is by far the most intriguing and puzzling story related to chess (or any other subject for that matter) that I've ever heard. His mind probed the game of chess further than anyone before or after him and he snapped. He entertained and brought honor to the United States only to be banished by it! Simply amazing! Comments anyone?
36 ( +1 | -1 ) So SadCitizenship in the USA should not be taken for granted. Fischer thought that he was untouchable because of what he accomplished. . .he should not have and he was not! Americans have a very short attention span and forgive lots of people for past indiscressions. I think that if Fischer would have kept quiet the same would have happened here!
60 ( +1 | -1 ) Telegram from President Richard NixonDear Bobby!
Your convincing victory at Reykjavik is eloquent witness of your complete mastery of the world's most difficault and challenging game. The championship you have won is a great personal triumph for you and I am pleased to join countless of your fellow-citizens in extending my heartiest congratulations and best wishes.
Well that says a little of the rated importancy, of the victory for Robert J. Fischer over Boris Spasskii, back in 1972!
128 ( +1 | -1 ) Yes!It was a great cold war victory for the USA. It was on the front page of every newspaper in America (perhaps the world) for months on end. Bobby had that Garbo reclusiveness which was appealing to many people. But even so he was persuaded to appear on several tv shows. On the Dick Cavett program he played speed chess with Ed Edmondson.Even though they were light years apart in skill---You could see Bobby's eyes light up and the big smile as he crunched his opponent.
Bob Hope said Fischer was one of his most difficult guest. Hope did a skit where he was an annoying kibitzer while Fischer was playing chess---It was very funny. He appeared on the David Frost Show and on Sixty Minutes. He appeared on the 60 min. show on his birthday mar. 9 and the following incident occured. Someone brought out a birthday cake while Fischer was on camera, and the strains of Happy Birthday began to lilt through the diningroom. Fischer immediately objected. Fischer told mIKE Wallace he was afraid this would happen. Wallace ask him why he was upset. Fischer said, first of all, I don't eat this kind of cake. Second of all, I don't go for these kinds of things. Wallace said shall we take the cake away and Bobby said please. Clearly, he did not like strangers singing happy birthday to him.