WOMEN IN MOTION
Now all together,
let us face Up to a relatively new problem in human affairs: Woman's Place on
the Football Field. Not to be lightly regarded either, mind you, for here is a
question that has aroused controversy across a goodly chunk of mid- America
recently. There is, for your first consideration, Purdue's Golden Girl, a Miss
Adelaide Darling. Miss Darling, to the dismay of her sister coeds, appeared at
half time of the Purdue-Notre Dame game in the fetching, skin-tight, gold lam�
whatchamacallit you see at the left. Her twitching performance was a hula
dance, she said, but another girl reflected: "She not only walks and talks
but wiggles excessively." So much tittle-tattle to Adelaide, who only
slightly modified her act at the Illinois game last week.
Directly to the
south of Purdue lies Nashville's Vanderbilt University. Tradition there is
loomed of stronger stuff, as a Miss Anne Lane has discovered. Miss Lane,
encouraged by an enterprising band director, obliged the Vanderbilt band by
becoming the first female baton twirler to represent the school since the early
'40s. When she did, though wearing a seemly habit of leotards, a great
in-sucking of alumni breath was to be heard in the stands. The following week
Anne was out of work, and a revered heritage was preserved.
A more extreme case
of violated propriety comes from Chicago. The Gaslight Club, a chichi drinkery
that affects an opulent Victorian air, mustered an all-girl team from among its
long-stemmed waitresses to oppose the professional Cardinals. The ladies of
Gaslight U. maneuvered in Comiskey Park with the cha-cha formation—a sort of a
kind of a T. "Hi diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,/This time we go
right through the middle," chanted the Gaslight girls in the huddle. Then,
cha-cha-cha-ing up to the line, they prattled: "Cha-cha-cha. Let's go,
"Throw out your
chests," begged a photographer. "Throw back your shoulders,"
corrected a public relations man. Woman's place? You are invited to take it
Coeds' Ire and
men's blood were raised with appearance of Purdue's Darling.
One-night stand was
all for Majorette Anne Lane at hidebound Vanderbilt.
Statue of liberty
play was never seriously tested as Cardinal linemen fell into bemused state and
Gaslight U.'s Tony LeMay forgot and passed.
Winning smile was
used to deceive pursuers by Beverly Lowry, GU left end, as she skittered away
from Cardinals Lamar McHan (8) and Don Gillis.
Pregame workout was
held at Gaslight U. Here first-string players, still in work clothes,
familiarize themselves with pass-play fundamentals.