Postwar parade for Schwartzkopf

May 03, 1991|By John Eisenberg

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf, commander of Operation Desert Storm, was the grand marshal of the Pegasus Parade, a Kentucky Derby-related event held yesterday.

The general, his wife and oldest daughter will spend the %J weekend in Louisville and attend the Derby. He said his wife was a racing fan and that "she would have killed me" had he turned down the invitation to the Derby.

He gave his system for betting on horses: "I approach it much the same as I do a military operation. I do as much studying as I can. I study the past performances, the track condition, the weather conditions, and then I arrive at critical, empirical bits of // information, and then I turn to my wife, Brenda, and she says, 'Well, I like the name of this one,' and that's who we bet on."

Schwartzkopf said that this was the first major event he'd attended since returning from Saudi Arabia a week and a half ago, and demonstrated that he was new to this celebrity business.

"How can you not have your picture taken with someone who wants to have his picture taken with you?" he said. "It's a great honor."

Major-league ballplayers think exactly the same way, right?

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