PITY THE POOR RED SHIRT
Draft boards in some sections of the country have adopted a ruling that students seeking deferment must complete college in eight semesters or four years. This could have an adverse effect on the popular practice of "red-shirting"—holding certain collegiate football players out of varsity competition for an entire season in order to give them a year of eligibility later on. If the ruling becomes accepted procedure everywhere, red-shirt now, play later, won't seem quite such a good idea any more.
SIGNS OF SNOW
A pert, blonde ski bunny named Gale Posnack of New Hampton, N.H., printed a sign that said, "Help Stamp Out Summer." It was only a mild gag, but it caught on with ski nuts in New England, and Gale wound up printing and selling over 10,000 "Help Stamp Out Summer" signs to skiers, shops, lodges and inns all over the country. Then she came up with a bumper sticker for autos that urges "Think Snow," and this, too, is going like cold cakes. All of a sudden Gale realized she was in business, so she and her husband, an industrial engineer, set up shop. The name of the new enterprise is Snow Jobs.
In some places they roll out a carpet for guests; in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles a few weeks ago they rolled up the grass. Rolled it up and stashed it in the bullpen in order to have a dirt floor in the stadium for a visit from Latin America's athletic comic, Cantinflas. Thirty horses and a bull trotted around Chavez Ravine, and a 40-foot cactus arose in what normally is center field. The explanation of this unwonted activity is that Walter O'Malley, a man with an eye for the main—and any other—chance, has decided not to let Dodger Stadium lie fallow from October until April. He is wooing exhibition and entertainment business. He started the week after the Series with a golf show, then hosted Cantinflas, with his horses and his cactus, and followed that with a packaging show that had display booths set up on erstwhile Dodger base paths.
Old baseball hands unnerved by this assault on the peace and quiet of the off season had better brace themselves. O'Malley's staff is already searching out shows and exhibitions for the on season, when the Dodgers are away from home.
Jerry Burns, head coach at Iowa for the past five years, was fired last week. In itself there was nothing terribly surprising about that, considering that Iowa, a Big Ten powerhouse a few years ago, had been going downhill steadily and was 0-7 in conference play this season, but the timing of the dismissal, which took place before Iowa played its final game, was startling. Equally so, in a way, was the rumor-makers' choice to succeed Burns. His name: Forest Evashevski, Iowa head coach in the great years, who, when he became athletic director in 1960, handpicked Burns to succeed him.
THE JAMES BANG LOOK
With American kids who know their hot rods best, fancy decals are Out and competition stripes are In as a way of making the car stand out in a crowd. But there is a new trend in England that could reverse all that.
The Old World's newest fancy, our Mod spies say, is a set of decals inspired by the James Bond-Aston Martin thing. These designs can be pasted in a staggered line on the car, particularly on windshields, for a real smashing effect. What do they look like? Bullet holes, what else?