Marinetti also issued a "manifesto of the futurist kitchen," in which he advocated the total reform of cooking. He assailed pasta as the curse of Italy, responsible for what he called the defects of the Italian character—heaviness, apathy, pessimism, sloth and procrastination. So instead of spaghetti, eat his tennis-racket chops. For each player, trim a veal chop into the shape of a racket's head. Cook slowly in butter. Make a paste by mixing curds with crushed walnuts and spread it thinly over the chop. String the rackets with tomato sauce laced with rum, and make a handle for each out of a banana cut lengthwise, with an anchovy wrapped round the end. The Marinetti tennis balls follow the futurist cooking principle of combining the most unlikely ingredients: cherries in brandy (no stalks, please) coated with a mixture of cottage cheese, egg and a scraping of nutmeg. Drop into very hot, deep fat for just a second and serve with a high bounce.
A dog-loving truck driver, Gary Gunkle lives in an area noted for its deep snows—the Sierra Nevada mountains. So he decided to put together a dog-sled team. With huskies hard to come by, he settled for 10 Irish setters, members of a breed not noted for its love of snow or pulling sleds. Last week the setters, and Gunkle, proved themselves.
Three young men and a woman, sightseeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, were trapped in a howling blizzard. Next morning a truck carried Gunkle and seven setters part way up the mountain. He unloaded, hitched up the dogs and started off through the storm.
"Visibility was zero," Deputy Tom Dolley reported, "and I swear some of the drifts were 30 feet deep."
Not even Gunkle can explain how he found the party's station wagon but at noon he came upon it, its occupants nearly frozen. He loaded them onto his sled and set out for a cabin miles away. A hundred yards from it the dogs gave out. The men floundered the rest of the way through the snow and Gunkle carried the woman. After lighting a fire he put the two most exhausted dogs into the sled and, with five pulling, trekked down to the lake shore looking for help. He encountered a power company's Sno-Cat, which carried the four to Incline Village where except for frostbite and hunger, they were found to be all right.
Back in the '20s a professional sled dog named Balto achieved immortality by carrying diphtheria serum to isolated Nome. The names of the amateur Irish setters are Duff, Barry, Sam, Mac, Spook, Riley and Copper.
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It just may be that Churchill Downs, that grand old lumber pile at Louisville, is headed for a bit of architectural rearrangement. Bill May, chairman of Kentucky's racing commission, believes that a certain amount of sprucing up can be achieved without violating tradition.
"I have risked being tossed out in the hall in some of our discussions," May concedes. "But there'll be substantial changes in the buildings at Churchill Downs in the next two years.