His [Kongo's] yusho basho was the very first time I ever saw sumo. I even remember reading the Sumo World article in the next (Aki '75) issue (Penned by you, possibly?? I don't have my collection handy to look it up...) which mentioned his boasting.
No, I contributed to SW 1987-99.SW had just started publication when I arrived in 1973. My first visit to the old Kuramae Kokugikan was in January 1974. I went with SW in hand --and although there was a lot of interesting information in it, I almost immediately started finding, here and there, mistakes of fact. The historical articles and many of the background pieces were fine, but even things like how to buy tickets were clearly out of date or plain wrong. I sent polite letters pointing out mistakes, but there was never any reaction, correction or reply. I continued to buy it (I still have the entire set, up to the time a number of us walked out) and eventually met Andy Adams in person and agreed to write background pieces and, subsequently, the Then & Now column.