The folksy New York mountaineers who will bring the world the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid have run into - what else? - deficit financing and, in seeming desperation, have turned to Washington for help.
But not to Uncle Sam in today's first instance; to Petr. L. Spurney, 43, of Chevy Chase, as a $100,000-a-year administrator to "pull everything together."
Why Petr Spurney? Well, the Lake Placid organizing committee notes he managed Spokane's Expo '74 fair from lemon into lulu, then made his big splash - took over direction of Bicentennial's American Freedom Train and turned it from loser to profitmaker. That led marketing consultant Spurney to his most recent endeavor, helping developing Canada's traveling exhibit, the Discovery Train.
His appointment came hours after two fundraising firms sued the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee on charges it violated its contract by dipping into a special bank account it wasn't supposed to touch.
Here we discover (1) that the New Yorkers looked toward capital-area private enterprise early on: one of the fundraising outfits is American Marketing Consultants, Inc., Vienna, Va. (the other is in Rochester, N.Y.); and (2) for every $1 raised for the client, the raisers take a matching $1 as fee. (The companies said they've raised $3.2 million and are owed half that.)
Now, as to looking to Uncle Sam: the government already has forked over $58 million for the Lake Placid operation - and here is the organizing committee pressing federal officials for another $14 million to cover construction cost overruns.
What's a luge?
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