"I think he's terrific," says Plebe Snell of the other Snell. "In fact, he's my favorite athlete, along with Roger Staubach, of course."
After 40 years of reporting schoolboy sports for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Jack Ryan will retire next month with the heartwarming distinction of never having reported a boy's error, fumble or other mishap, no matter how costly or important to a game. To sports editors who in the beginning argued that this was scarcely adequate journalism, Ryan argued back fiercely—and in time successfully—that his concern was for the heartbroken boy who lost the game.
"None of us can look at these kids from the sidelines and size up their emotional makeup," Ryan has explained. "When they get older they'll be able to bring their mistakes into perspective, but at high school age recording that mistake in a newspaper can lead to all sorts of damage."
Last month Ryan became the first newspaperman ever to win the John B. Kelly Award ( Connie Mack is one of his illustrious predecessors). On May 3 he will be given a dinner, and many of those there to pay tribute to him will be former boys he used to write about.
HAPPY HUNTING GROUND
Quite possibly the biggest bargain the outdoorsman can hope to find is in West Virginia, whose Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture put out a directory of farms where food and lodging is available to hunters and fishermen at wonderfully low rates.
Take Doddridge County, for instance. Plenty of deer, squirrel, grouse, rabbits and coons. Good fishing for bass, muskies, bluegills, catfish, crappies. Ancel Smith of West Union will put you up for $3 a day including meals, $2 without meals. The same rates prevail at C. L. Hartman's place near Fort Seybert, Pendleton County, where trout, walleyes, bear and turkey are added attractions.
The brochure, entitled Food and Lodging for Sportsmen on West Virginia Farms, lists 76 other lodging farms around the state and may be obtained from the Public Relations Division, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, W. Va. 25305.
POETRY IN THE CORRAL