CATCH 'EM YOUNG
Representative Charles E. Chamberlain of Michigan is a well-intentioned man who no doubt honestly believes that his new bill, H.R. 11703, now before Congress, would add to the safety of boating. H.R. 11703 would require all boat operators, whether under sail or power, to be licensed. It would ban those under 12 years of age from handling boats of any kind and require those from 12 to 15 to sail only under the supervision of a licensed adult.
We have long supported the licensing of motorboat operators, who should be as carefully tested for competence and responsibility as automobile drivers, since an irresponsible incompetent in control of a powerful motorboat is as much a menace to society as any road hog. But as all sailors know, the way to achieve true competence at sea is to start early—the earlier the better—at the helm of a sailboat.
In sailing programs at yacht clubs and public marinas all over the nation today, children as young as 6 years are learning fundamentals that will one day make them far better powerboat skippers than their landlocked peers. Congressman Chamberlain's bill would scuttle these programs, leaving the waters of the future prey to an increasing armada of ill-trained seamen.
MILD AS IRON
Ever since the Los Angeles Dodgers hired Leo Durocher as a coach under Manager Walter Alston, rumors have flitted back and forth that it was just a matter of time before volatile Leo took over mild Walter's job. What the rumor makers forgot is 1) that mild Walter can be a very tough man; and 2) that the Dodger front office thinks very highly of him. Last week in Pittsburgh, Durocher, angry at mistakes made by Tommy Davis and Ron Fairly, said loudly: '"Maybe we'll have to take some money from a few of these guys." Alston snapped back, just as loudly: "You take care of the coaching, Durocher, and I'll take care of the fining. Remember, we had to whistle at you three times to take some signs at third base." After the incident was publicized, Buzzie Bavasi, the Dodgers' general manager, said, "This is the 13th season that Walt Alston has managed for me in the minors and majors. I've always liked the way he managed. You can say for me that I like the way he's running the club now."
AFTER YOU, MY DEAR INTEGRATION
The eight colleges in the Southwest Athletic Conference agree that athletic integration in the conference is coming soon, but each is waiting for someone else to take the first step. Four of the schools are state-supported ( Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Arkansas), three are church schools (Southern Methodist, Texas Christian and Baylor) and one is privately endowed (Rice). The state schools think that, logically, the church schools should lead the way. The others feel that the state schools should.
No one, apparently, is against athletic integration. "It's inevitable," says Hank Foldberg, coach at Texas A&M.
"It wouldn't matter a bit to the kids," says Abe Martin of TCU. "Negroes play in all of our stadiums now."
"The boys themselves are ready," says Jess Neely of Rice. "It should help our teams and I think it would help our gate."