Somewhere in the United States a small boy is hightailing it across the backyard toward the nearest open field or patch of woods. Increasingly and unhappily, he and hundreds of other apprentice Dan'l Boones are glooming their way back home after finding the last nearby bit of Injun territory preempted by a real estate "developer" and his bulldozers. When this happened to Scott Turner of San Diego, age 7, he wrote a letter to President Kennedy, complaining that "we have no place to go out in the canyon because they are going to build houses." Answering for the President, Secretary of the Interior Udall filibustered briefly about new national seashores and similar distant irrelevancies and then, perhaps remembering his own Arizona boyhood, sympathized, "I am more sorry than I can say that you have lost your canyon playground. I hope you will be able to find another one not too far away."
The Turner-Udall letters were publicized, and The Denver Post reacted to them with a stern editorial titled, "Look to the Future, not the Past." Said the Post, "Udall knows that the boy won't be able to find another canyon 'not too far away.' About the best the lad can hope for is that he will quickly become numb to the disadvantage of organized recreational areas.... Udall knows that his young correspondent is going to grow up into a world in which he will live most of his adult life separated from the reality of the soil."
Having stated the problem, the Post proceeded to solve it—but in the manner to be expected of a paper that has recently supported extermination of Colorado's willows and cottonwoods as weeds. "We're not really certain that [this boy] is being denied anything that is vital for his growth into a responsible and contented adult," said the Post. "His elders would do well to spend less time and energy in nostalgic reveries." Admitting that a more spacious life seems "simpler, cleaner and infinitely more relaxing and pleasant," the Post nevertheless grew lyric in its prescription for the new "good life." All that is really necessary, the Post stated, is renunciation of "guilt feelings" over confining children to cities and "cheerful acceptance of the inevitability of urban living."
We have heard this viewpoint expressed before, but never so explicitly and publicly, and never in a region geographically so well-endowed as Colorado. We can't even be flip about it. We keep thinking of a new and bitter definition of the word ' 'develop" that we heard recently. "Develop—a verb meaning to ravage, to lay waste, to destroy."
THE INSIDE TRACK
?Colonel Earl (Red) Blaik, ex-Army coach, has been helping General Douglas MacArthur arrange details for the AAU- NCAA arbitration meeting.
?Insiders say that Joe Garagiola, who quit his broadcasting job with the St. Louis Cardinals in December to join NBC (he'll do Game of the Week telecasts next season), left his fellow Cardinal broadcaster, Harry Caray, on decidedly unfriendly terms. Caray wants his son, Skip, to take Garagiola's place.
?The Hambletonian will be televised this year for the first time. Under an agreement between Hambletonian promoters Don and Gene Hayes and NBC-TV all heats of the race will be taped and shown the night of the race.
?Ford has proposed to the Automobile Manufacturers Association that starting in 1964 all cars be supplied with seat belts as standard equipment. Industry-wide cost for putting in belts would run to an estimated $75 million. Whether or not AMA agrees, Ford intends to go ahead with the idea.