That's exactly where the Bartholomew Consolidated School Board met recently to consider bids for draperies and shades—just 20 feet from the Columbus High School court. "It was simply the most convenient time to get all the members together," an official explained.
Some employees at Rocketdyne, one of the most sophisticated think-tank industries in southern California, find simple pleasure in killing off predators that penetrate too far into metropolitan areas. A recent hunt rid an area right alongside the San Diego Freeway near Sunset Boulevard of numerous foxes, hawks, owls, bobcats and coyotes. Mostly the Rocketdyne varmint-slayers use calls, luring the quarry into believing there is an injured animal in the area. This causes the hunted to come to the hunter, making a lot of walking and stalking unnecessary. First is the attention-getter, a loud scream of pain. Then come the "scramble" noises imitating an injured mate trying to escape. Last is a kind of low moan, a weak sound of an animal near death.
The group, affiliated with all the proper conservation organizations, is called Predators Unlimited. It seems a very appropriate name, somehow.
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Johnny Temple, onetime All-Star second baseman who seemed to feel his hustle was in question anytime he wasn't in some kind of ruckus, now operates his Houston television program the same way. In a medium where the boldest stand is usually taken in forecasting weather, Temple seldom pauses and usually refreshes.
Johnny, for example, noted that the Cardinals, after trading away three-fourths of the majors' most-envied infield, announced that they were embarking on a youth program. "What they mean," Temple explained, "is that they figure they aren't going anywhere for three or four years, and they have the chance to trade $150,000 in salaries for about $50,000. So they did it."
Temple applies the same frankness to himself. "I've had to practice to shut up," he says. "For 12 years in the majors I was the one who did all the talking in interviews. It's hard to break the habit."
But he defends his forthrightness. "I don't try to be fresh or anything," he clarifies, "but when I hear someone blow smoke on the truth, it just plain bothers me."