Sports Illustrated magazine has published several articles featuring or mentioning the California condor. In this post, I note and present photographs from a substantial article that appeared nearly 60 years ago.
Jim Murray on sports
For many years, the Los Angeles Times carried Jim Murray’s exuberant column on sports. The California condor was mentioned in at least of these 10 columns during the 1960s-1980s. This post offers an overview.
Given the exceptional nature and notoriety of the California condor, it’s not surprising that the species has found its way into popular culture. Here are 3 examples — old and new — from the sports pages of major newspapers.
Tennis players as birds
Here’s how the chief sports writer for The Times [London] summarized Venus Williams’s victory over Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2007:
The dying swan slunk out in her tutu, savaged to death by a giant bird of prey – a Californian condor, if you like.