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September 09, 1963
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It is not something we have always wondered about, but the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations reports a study which reveals that in one basketball game the ball bounced 1,692 times. In dribbles and bounce passes, one team bounced it 912 times, the opponent 659. Officials accounted for 79 bounces, and the ball itself, after going out of bounds, accounted for 42 bounces. The team that bounced the ball most often won.


The President's Council on Physical Fitness has taken a leaf or two from the Royal Canadian Air Force, which a few years ago published a couple of booklets on basic exercises—one for men, one for women—and found it had a rampaging bestseller on its hands. More than a million booklets were sold, and a $1 edition combining the two was put on the U.S. market last year and has sold almost as well.

The Council's booklet, Adult Physical Fitness, covers both men and women and is pretty much of a piece with the Canadian publication in that the exercises are largely similar and are graduated to fit one's present physical condition. But it is cheaper (35�) and, we think, better illustrated. It also includes a self-testing technique by which you can check your progress and illustrates some isometric exercises. You may get yours by writing to the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C.


The most famous modern painter after Picasso, Georges Braque died in Paris last week at 81. No delicate esthete, throughout his career he maintained a deep interest in nature and a zest for boxing, swimming, boating, hiking and cycling. One of his companions during his military service in 1901 remarked that he had the physique of an athlete. In 1944 he began his famous series, Billiard Tables, the first of which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and has been called "unquestionably one of the pinnacles of French art."

The picture above is the bird Braque did for the ceiling of the corner room of the Henri II wing of the Louvre. In the Louvre the bird is surrounded by cherubs and more traditional designs, and the new art on the famous ceiling makes for an interesting contrast in styles.

"Nature acts on me practically without the slightest control," Braque once remarked. He had a passion for pebbles, rubber plants, dried corn, thistles and the pink shells of crabs with nature's own design. But his interest in birds exceeded all these. "The bird," he said, "is the summing up of all my art—it is more than painting." And he would never sell his Grand Oiseau, taking it back and forth from his studio in Paris to the one at Varcngeville in Normandy.


To the brightly-lit names of Mickey Mantle and Arnold Palmer, who earn or win a staggering $100,000 in a single sporting season, add the unblazoned name of Fred Lorenzen. Lorenzen has just climbed into the ranks of big-time money men by winning $93,820 racing stock cars, and he seems sure to pass $100,000 before the season ends. He says he is aiming for $125,000, over and above sideline earnings from endorsements, speeches and half a grand here and there for merely appearing in a race. Even after paying his Charlotte, N.C. garage (stock car racers split from 40 to 60 percent of their winnings with their mechanics), Lorenzen at 28 has plenty left for himself.

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