"Prepare yourself for combat service. Before induction, whether it be days or months away, concentrate your efforts on a rugged physical and mental approach to war. After induction, meet the rigorous life of training camp with determination and spirit. Pledge yourself to its work, its play—and its monotonies. Cultivate an acquaintance with violence, challenge it—meet it—laugh at it!"
When Conzelman returned to his office, I gathered up my notes, making sure that I had not mislaid the lyrics to I'm the Only Boy in the World Can Take a Biscuit Apart.
They were all there, and the melody was fresh in my mind.
"Coach," I said by way of a final question, "you certainly made some interesting points about body-contact sports in your talk at the University of Dayton. Now you've been in violent body-contact sports all your life. How would you react if somebody walked up to you on the street today and without warning punched you on the jaw?"
"Why," said Conzelman, "I wouldn't like it. But it wouldn't throw me into a panic. I might say to the guy who slugged me, 'What are you anyway? A music lover?' "