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February 03, 1964
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February 03, 1964


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Every boy who attends England's Eton is supposed to have an acquaintance with a large variety of sports to fit him for his later role in life—governing the world, it used to be. Etonians have been schooled in everything from boxing to following beagles.

Now the new headmaster, Anthony Chenevix-Trench, has shocked old Etonians, such as Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, along with dozens of dukes, earls and marquesses, by threatening to ban boxing at Eton even though as a boy he was good in the ring himself. At Bradfield College, where he was headmaster before going to Eton, Chenevix-Trench got the idea of banning boxing from the school doctor, because of supposed danger to the boys' health. "When the health of other people's children is at stake," remarks Chenevix-Trench, "you cannot be too careful." "Plain ridiculous," retorts Onslow Fane, chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control. We are inclined to agree with Mr. Onslow Fane. Before Etonians learned to box with one another, in times gone by, they were fond of beating up the lower orders, particularly local Thames bargemen. A truly beastly pastime was a ram hunt, which involved clubbing the unfortunate animal to death. After one wild chase of a ram over Windsor Bridge, Eton authorities interceded. They were upset not by the fate of the ram, but because they felt that the exercise might make the boys hot and endanger their health.


For reasons apparent to anyone who has ever passed through the state, most Kansans are more familiar with the prairie schooner than with true boats. But, with creation of the $90 million Tuttle Creek Reservoir, an expanse of 15,800 acres, that may now be changed. Kansas State University is about to have a crew. This is all so new to KSU that the university's announcement of the development explains carefully that the "rowing team" is referred to as "the crew."

The crew plan was the inspiration of Don Rose, night director of the Student Union and former coxswain at the University of Wisconsin. He wangled a 30-year-old shell from Purdue University and sets of sweeps from Rollins College and Marietta College. Thus equipped, Rose sent out a call for candidates. Only one with previous experience turned up—John Wundrock, who had rowed at Wisconsin. Wundrock became captain.

This spring KSU's crew hopes to compete against Minnesota and Purdue and in the Dad Vail regatta. The latter, limited to small colleges and schools new to rowing, is usually held in Philadelphia but this year goes to New York as part of the World's Fair celebration.


Beware of the next golfer you meet with glasses. Up in Calgary, Alta. a clever chap has invented a gadget called a "Puttaide," which is a set of eyeglasses with a built-in prism. The prism allows the golfer to get a straight line from the flag to the ball. All he has to do is putt the ball along the line, which is as clear as though chalk-dusted on the green.

Canadian golfers have snapped up Puttaides at such a rate that a Japanese manufacturer is now selling them for around $9 each. Plans call for invasion of the U.S. market soon. Unfortunately, the USGA, which frowns on artificial aids, is likely to declare the Puttaide illegal for tournament play. A couple of years ago, the USGA banned a putter with a built-in periscope.

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