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Your loss, our gain Six men in the Chicago Office are responsible for reducing the staff by 156 pounds. Their feat will go down in Firm annals as The Great Chicago Weigh-ln. Are you ready? It's a contest of three two-man teams who want to trim their personal inventories of poundage; best two out of six with the losers to pay off the victors at the rate of one dollar per pound. Competitors are partners Bob Skeehan and John Walsh versus principals Bob Gordon and Stu Richardson versus office manager John McNamara and assignment director Bob Hafner. Let us go back to the historic day of Monday, January 4, 1971. Starting weights are posted at the scales of the Mid-Day Club of the First National Bank Building. The event: A two-month tug-of-war of notched-tight beltlines. Senior accountant Pat Daly of the tax department is named as referee and statistician. The opening day lineup: Bob Skeehan at 229 pounds and John Walsh at 200; Bob Gordon at 184 pounds and Stu Richardson at 194; Bob Hafner at 225 and John McNamara at 186. They're off and panting! Time passes. Diet theories are studied and practiced. Martinis and mashed potatoes are eschewed. Exercise is stepped up. Eight weeks go by. It is now Monday, March 1, at the Mid-Day Club. The contestants are lined up and a hush greets each man as he moves onto the scales. Referee Pat Daly watches the sliding weight as it moves carefully to the proper point. And the winner is... What! What! Can it be...? Yes, there's a tie for first place! The team of Skeehan and Walsh matches the team of McNamara and Hafner in weight lost: fifty-five pounds down for each team. Despite a gallant try going into the waist stretch, the team of Gordon and Richardson is edged out by a nine-pound difference—the other two teams split up a dollar per pound purse of $9. Individual results: Bob Skeehan, 196 pounds (33 pounds lighter than before}; John Walsh, 178 pounds (22 pounds lighter); Bob Gordon, 159 pounds (25 pounds); Stu Richardson, 173 (21); Bob Hafner, 192 (33); John McNamara, 164 (22). It is decided that the battle of the beltline will require additional weigh-ins in coming months to see if the contestants have been able to maintain diet discipline, Interviewed after the contest, 33-pound loser Bob Skeehan confirmed, "I feel much better. I have a lot more vitality, it was something I needed to do." He said that his training method emphasized the now popular Dr. Stillman's Quick Weight Loss Diet—plenty of lean protein foods 18 and at least eight glasses of water a day. (The Chicago Office water fountains reportedly got a heavier than usual play during the competition.) Reports are that other accountants and staffers are emulating the plucky contestants. Besides, the office can use the extra room. • Underground man It hasn't all been done yet. Men have walked on the moon, climbed to the top of Mount Everest, and sledged to both poles. Yet there are still places left for the vigorous and adventurous to explore, and some of them are right under our feet. Jim Kappeler, staff accountant in the Columbus Office, is a spelunker—an explorer of caves. (See photo, p. 7.) As often as possible on weekends, Jim and his wife Judy head for Mammoth Cave National Park in the hills of Kentucky where they join a team of spelunkers involved in an ambitious program of cave surveying. At the moment they are working in the Flint Ridge Cave System of the park.
Skeehan, Robert F.
Walsh, John F.
Gordon, Robert B.
Richardson, Stuart W.
Lang, Edwin R.
Haskins & Sells. Chicago Office
Haskins & Sells. Columbus Office
Haskins & Sells. Minneapolis Office
Haskins & Sells. Newark Office
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H&S Reports, Vol. 08, (1971 summer), p. 18-21
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
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|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|