Fleay's flight plan called for him to travel by slow cargo plane to New York but Paul was panicking badly, and Fleay was genuinely alarmed that he would lose all three unless he could leave Los Angeles at once and nonstop. He therefore transferred the platypuses from the platypusary into individual traveling cases and persuaded United Airlines to put them all on the next passenger flight to New York. United was delighted. "They deserve a pat on the back," Fleay said. "The platypuses would have surely died otherwise. I assure you, we got here just in the nick of time. Take my advice, never have anything to do with platypuses. I say without exaggeration that I experienced some of the very worst moments of my life during the last few days."
Thanks for the Break
The first official consequence of the hideous fiasco of twisted steel and sudden death that marred the start of the Indianapolis "500" two weeks ago was the prompt suspension of Race Driver Ed Elisian, an erratic leadfoot and the man deemed most responsible for the chain-reaction crash. "He jeopardized his own life as well as the lives of others," said Duane Carter, racing director for the United States Automobile Club, who imposed the penalty.
Last week Carter's superiors, the USAC's board of directors, took another look at the facts of the case and decided to give Elisian another chance. Race Director Carter, they said, was quite right to suspend the driver. "The safety of our competitors demands prompt action of the sort he took even if it works a temporary injustice." Nevertheless, the board opined, the facts simply did not warrant Elisian's continued suspension. "He will continue to drive on a provisional license."
"Thanks," said Ed Elisian, "for giving me a break."
"Now a baseball weighs only five ozs.,"
So a sporting anozr anozs.;
But there's many a game
Will depend, all the same,
Upon which way that five ozs. bozs.
—HARVEY L. CARTER