Straight to the Hippest: Who would whup in a fight between Old Man Hazard and Old Man Daley? — Chris Raney, [email protected]
Choose your weapon. Asphalt and concrete at ten paces? Probably a draw, at least as far as Hazard and Daley were concerned. The two contractors, friendly rivals, paved just about everything worth paving in San Diego in the ’40s and ’50s. They both owned lots of land and raised cattle on the side. So dueling bankbooks would probably be a wash, too. A debate? According to anecdotes about Hazard, he used to speak his mind, then turn off his hearing aid. Don’t know how you’d call that one. Hazard by TKO, I guess.
Daley and Hazard were both skilled horsemen, but Hazard was a lifelong cowboy, so in a rodeo, Hazard rules. Self-promotion? The gregarious showman Hazard by a landslide. Freestyle wrestling? Strong, silent, mountain man George Daley (over six feet tall, well over 200 pounds) would flip diminutive Pappy into the cheap seats in a hurry. But by his own count, Hazard cheated death at least four times, though he did lose an eye to bird shot in a hunting accident. So who’s to say he couldn’t bite George in the ankle or something and escape. And Hazard is memorialized with a statue in the Hazard Center in Mission Valley. As far as I know, there are no statues to Daley. What I want to know is, what in the world inspired the question?