It once was considered quite a feat to hike the Appalachian Trail over its entire 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Now it has begun to seem like a Sunday afternoon stroll.
Charles Eversole, a 45-year-old retired chief petty officer, his 18-year-old son John, and their 7-year-old beagle, Snuffy, arrived at Mount Katahdin one day last week, ending a trek that began March 31 at Springer Mountain in Georgia.
Two days later Mrs. Emma Gatewood of Cheshire, Ohio did it—and for the third time. Mrs. Gatewood will be 77 next month.
Paul Richards, general manager of the Houston Colts, has never forgotten that he used to be field manager of the Baltimore Orioles. This year in spring training, for example, in the presence of outsiders, he gave Manager Harry Craft some advice on how to run the Colts. Like the lady making soup in the headache remedy commercial, Craft bridled: "Paul, if you don't mind, I'd like to run this show myself." Said Richards: "Sure—if that's the way you want it."
And last week that's the way Craft got it. Richards sacked him and promoted Third-base Coach Luman Harris. Since Luman has been around Richards for years, he knows, one suspects, that what matters is how Richards wants it.
NATURE UNBALANCED AGAIN
There is a type of fisherman who is not satisfied merely to catch fish. He wants more fish, and he may be about to get them. Science has developed a fish that is both stupid and greedy, and it is being caught by the thousands.
At the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society last week Dr. George W. Bennett, chief aquatic biologist of the Illinois Natural History Survey, reported on experiments that his assistant, William F. Childers, has conducted to develop a stupid fish with a good growth rate. He settled on the sunfish and, after crossing a number of species, came up with several hybrids, crosses between the bluegill, green sunfish, red-ear sunfish and warmouth, some of which seem to be the answer. One cross, the bluegill-green, is not only wonderfully obtuse but is superbly hungry at all times. Cast to him and he is totally unable to resist the lure.