The book was written by Stephen Pile, who calls himself the President of the Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain. Contrary to his tag of not being terribly good at anything, his effort became a bestseller. It prompted the compilation of a sequel called `The Return of Heroic Failures'. A tagline on the second book says, `The runaway success of The Book Of Heroic Failures was a severe embarrassment to its author.'
I wish to share a story from the second book relating to the Equality of Sexes theme. Appropriately today is the end of Wimbledon Tennis fortnight. The story involves one of the all-time great Wimbledon ladies champion, Billie Jean King.
The Least Successful Male Chauvinist
Sick of hearing about female equality, Mr Bobby Riggs challenged Billie Jean King to a `battle of the sexes' tennis match.
`I want to set Women's Lib back twenty years, to get women back in the home where they belong,' he said, adding that they are at their prettiest when they're barefoot, pregnant, taking care of the kiddies and doing the housework.
Although he had not been a Wimbledon champion since 1939, he told a press conference before the match on 20 September 1973, that natural male superiority would be enough to defeat the reigning women's champion.
`I will scrape her up,' he said. `She is a woman and is subject to women's emotional frailties. She will crack up during the match.'
In front of 39,000 people, the largest crowd in tennis history (at that time), Mrs King thrashed him 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
Pic of Billie Jean King from the sports biography in hickocksports.com