When President Johnson signed the wilderness preservation bill last week, he brought to an end seven years of struggle that, one hopes, future generations will appreciate. There will now be 9.1 million acres of the U.S. that must remain forever wild. Hunting and fishing will be allowed, under regulation, and boating will continue in areas in which it now exists. Otherwise, nature will rule in her own magnificent way. This magazine, which long urged passage of such a bill, applauds.
It applauds, too, such men as Senator Clinton P. Anderson of New Mexico, who, 3� years ago, had a choice of Senate committee chairmanships and picked the Interior Committee so that he might push conservation and recreation measures. After passage was assured, Senator Anderson decided it was time to think of his own succeeding generations and not just those of all the people. So he bought a 30-acre homesite on the West Fork of the Gila River, just a mile or so from the eastern edge of the Gila Wilderness Area. It was announced that the Senator would turn it into a "rustic retreat enabling his family to enjoy, as he has enjoyed, the broad vistas of precipitous mountains and unspoiled forests."
Because some might have thought it unethical to purchase a site of which he had advance knowledge, Senator Anderson waited until the legislation was passed. By then, of course, the price of the property had gone up. Well, it's priceless anyway.
There is reason to believe that the privilege of blackballing basketball officials will be taken from Southern Conference coaches at the conference meeting in December. Shock waves are still reverberating through the conference after a two-thirds vote of the coaches resulted in the barring of two highly competent officials—Charley Eckman and Lou Bello (SI, Aug. 31). Now a committee on officials is making a study of the matter.
It is gratifying to report also that Conference Commissioner Lloyd Jordan has seized on some technicalities to make it possible for Bello to officiate this winter at several conference and nonconference games. There is, furthermore, every indication that Bello will enjoy full status in time for the 1965-66 season. As for Eckman, he probably could have drawn some sort of reprieve, but he disqualified himself when he signed to officiate at National Basketball Association games.
SAFE AND POSSIBLY SANE
Word from the U.S. Patent Office indicates that the world is becoming both a more sybaritic and a safer place for dogs. The office has just granted a patent for a poodle-grooming device which sends currents of warm, soothing air over the dog while he is being clipped. Then there is a patented life preserver for small animals, principally dogs, notoriously prone to falling from or jumping from boats. The jacket has a large supporting section which goes under the animal's belly and smaller sections beside each ear to keep his head up.
HANDS ACROSS THE PACIFIC
The first Japanese ever to play in baseball's major leagues is big for a Japanese and was quick to prove that he may be big enough for any man's league. In his first appearance for the San Francisco Giants, Masanori Murakami, hereinafter to be known as Masi, as he is to his teammates, pitched one inning against the New York Mets, allowing a harmless single while striking out two of the other three batters he faced. One of three Japanese in the Giants' system, Masi is almost 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, has a curve, a screwball and a deceptive fast ball, but eschews off-speed pitches.