TV OR NOT TV?
Officials of the
Class B Carolina League decided this spring that Sunday telecasts of major
league games were hurting them at the gate. The TV deal between the major
leagues and the networks stipulates that big league games cannot be telecast
into minor league territory while a minor league game is taking place, unless
permission is obtained from the local minor league club. Carolina League teams
have granted such permission for the past three seasons. This year they said
no—unless they got a fee. The TV people, not about to pay for something they
had been getting for nothing and who were telecasting big league games on
Saturday anyway ( Carolina League teams play their Saturday games at night, so
there is no conflict), decided to drop the Sunday games. Fine and good. Victory
for the Carolina League. Except that local newspapers, television stations,
social clubs and angry individual letter writers have been abusing the league's
officials ever since. We want all the major league baseball on TV that we can
get, they said—who cares about the Carolina League?
We can't blame
the people of North Carolina for wanting to watch big league baseball, and we
can't do much more than frown at the way television and baseball combined to
exploit that human desire. But neither can we forget that another minor league
is slowly strangling to death.
A British art
magazine, The Studio, asked Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson, Prime
Minister Harold Macmillan, Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the Labor party, Dr.
Hewlett Johnson, the "Red Dean," Comic Tony Hancock, and W. Somerset
Maugham, author and art connoisseur, to suggest an artist or a painting for the
magazine to use on its cover.
mentioned Michelangelo, El Greco and Van Gogh, but could not choose between
them and misspelled their names. Somerset Maugham wrote: "I am too old and
tired to do what you want me to do." Harold Macmillan declined because of
"pressure of public business." Hugh Gaitskell said he could not
"'claim to be sufficiently clear in my mind on this subject." Tony
Hancock voted for The Leg, a picture painted for his film, The Rebel.
reported that Floyd Patterson had sent in "the most informed reply."
Patterson wrote: "While T am not an expert on painting, my favorite picture
is the Mono Lisa. The rich color and depth of expression always leave me with a
deep sense of satisfaction. To me it seems to breathe life."
Mono Lisa made the cover.
LEWIS & CLARK
A new type of national park, a "recreational ribbon" that would run the
2,000-mile length of the trail followed by the Lewis and Clark expedition in
1803-06, has been proposed by friends of the late cartoonist Jay N. (Ding)
Darling, who had conceived the idea in the last years of his life. Following
the Missouri, Snake and Columbia rivers, the areas involved would reach out
from the highway from 100 yards to half a mile, except in towns and cities.
They would be used not only to commemorate the famous expedition but to
preserve the natural wildlife and recreational advantages of the rivers Lewis
and Clark traveled along. Secretary of the Interior Udall has said he is
"genuinely excited" by the idea.