Of course, the cynics believe Chrysler is only going underground, where, they contend, it will join G.M. Then, if the independent Plymouths do not do well, Chrysler can say "Who me?" And if they win Chrysler can take a great big, unaffiliated bow.
The next exciting chapter will come at the end of the month when stock car racing's governing bodies fix the rules for 1967. It shouldn't be too tough a job. Let's see now: we'll have a class for green Fords, a class for blue Fords, a class for red Fords....
When Robert W. Junell, a Washington state highway inspector, was severely nipped on the right ear by a crow while working on the Seattle Freeway, he was obliged to fill out an accident form. Junell was doing fine until he got to the last question: "How may this accident have been prevented?" His considered reply: "Avoid low-flying birds."
Glenn Gossett, the SMU track coach, calls him "the world's down-jump champion."
"And that," says Mike Madigan, "is a title I'll never defend."
Madigan, 20, is also the Southwest Conference broad-jump champion, and that is a title he would like to defend. Whether he can will be determined during the coming months of rehabilitation.
The other day, leaving a rest room on the sixth floor of a Dallas hotel, Madigan stepped through what he believed to be a door. It was a ventilation shaft, and Madigan dropped 80 feet.
"Boy, that was stupid," he says from his hospital bed "I just lie here all the time, thinking about it. I just can't believe I did it. Boy, it was stupid."
Madigan was pulled out of the shaft with injuries to both legs, two broken ribs and multiple cuts and abrasions. Still, he was fortunate—he landed feet first, so there were no head injuries.