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April 26, 1965
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April 26, 1965


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Spring-cleaning a cluttered office, one of our writers browsed idly through a months-old issue of Horse World, a magazine dedicated to show horses. Her eye was caught by an advertisement offering the stud services of Carbon Copy, the champion walking horse for which GLL Farms of Collierville, Tenn. paid $125,000. We herewith reprint, without charge to GLL Farms, a section of the ad that was in verse:

Coal black and shiny, he has managed to enthrall
Audiences everywhere—they love him best of all
Retired from competition to benefit the breed
Bred to sire the very best—a Champion indeed
Overstocked with winners, his pedigree can't miss
Never has a Walking Horse had bloodlines fine as this

Costing us terrifically to buy this Show Ring Great
One hundred and a quarter grand it took to pay the freight
Perhaps you'd like to visit us when romance fills the air
You can set up an appointment—and be sure to bring your mare.

You will note that the initial letters form an acrostic, spelling out the name of the horse—CARBON COPY. This sort of verse used to be called doggerel. How about horserel, just this once?


The ruination of American health, according to Dr. Jean Mayer, associate professor of nutrition at Harvard, is to be found in devices that make walking and other forms of labor unnecessary. At the 49th annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, he urged the abolition of "those damn [golf] carts" and of school buses for third graders or older students who live within two miles of school. He would also lower the status of such sports as football and basketball, since only heavier and taller boys can hope to make the teams, and substitute carry-over sports like tennis, swimming and "brisk" golf.

Obesity, he reported, is not always a question of eating too much but more often of doing too little. In a study of 28 overweight teen-age girls, matched against 28 lean girls, Dr. Mayer found that the obese girls actually ate less than the skinny ones. The latter were just far more physically active. Playing tennis, the fat girls moved about only when it was necessary, as in hitting the ball, while the lean ones were active virtually all the time.

One other thing. Dr. Mayer reported that girls with long, tapering fingers almost never become fat.


Specialization is common enough in pro football, but Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams has a specialty that may be unique. His exclusive front-office job (other than speechmaking and similar public-relations chores) is signing veterans to their contracts. Another department handles the acquisition and signing of new players.

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