In Europe, however, slot machines offer more for your pfennig. Granted, they do not chug like the domestic models, but a man with a deft touch can come up a winner. Guenter Schmidt of West Germany has that touch. So adept has he become, in fact, that even though the machines accept only 10-pfennig pieces (2��), Schmidt wins $15 a day Desperate innkeepers around the Ruhr Valley have taken to removing a fuse from their machines when they see him coming.
And Herr Schmidt is not through yet. He bought a slot machine of his very own and each day, under the watchful eye of Frau Schmidt, his two sons, Heinz and Lothar, ages 11 and 6, put in long practice sessions.
SCALP 'EM, INSURANCEMEN!
In the colorful world of basketball, palefaces often show a fondness for labels like "Braves," "Utes" and " Chiefs."
But what do we find in the NIT?
No, stupid, not the National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden, where the St. John's University Redmen will be defending champions. We refer to the other NIT—the Navajo Invitational Tournament.
It's taking place this week (Jan. 24-29) in Window Rock, Ariz., and players from a dozen neighboring tribes are competing. The real Utes, you will be fascinated to learn, call themselves the Raiders, and the real Hopis are Demons. As for the other 22 teams entered, 21 of them are called things like the Merchants, the Insurancemen and—God save the memory of Chief Crazy Horse—the Cowboys.
BEYOND REACH OF ANY FREEWAY
Would you believe that a chain of completely unspoiled large islands lies only 20 miles off the coast of the most populous part of southern California, an easy sail from swarming Los Angeles? Does it seem possible that these quasi-Mediterranean islands, sole home of near-extinct wildlife like the elephant seal and sea otter and little changed since Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's caravels landed there 50 years after Columbus, should still be obtainable as a national park?
Believe it quick. The Channel Islands are there. But not for long, unless this badly needed outlet for seaward recreation is rescued soon. The Navy plans to use the western end as a test range for live bombs, the offshore areas have been opened to extensive oil operations and the largest island ( Santa Cruz) is the projected site of subdivisions, apartment buildings and shopping centers.