Whether the facts justified the banner headlines that the subpoenas produced may not be known for months. Trotting fans turned up in normal numbers at Yonkers, bet as usual and seemed unaffected by the news: the usual percentage of losers hollered "fix," the winners congratulated themselves on their brilliant choices.
We hope the D.A. catches his man, or men, if there has been some fixing. And we hope the innocents who have been summoned merely as expert witnesses will be cleared with as much publicity as that which attended their subpoenas.
Conceptionwise, it had to be a major breakthrough in game protection. Deputy Game Protector Ronald Hunter had the chore of counting the deer herd in Washington County, Pa. Hunter is also a parachutist. So why not combine business with pleasure and count deer while floating to earth from 3,400 feet? Because Hunter didn't sec a single deer on the way down and broke his ankle in two places when he landed.
FIGHT FOR FUNDS (CONT.)
We return you now to Oakland, Calif., where the struggle to save interscholastic sports is nearing the crucial play. It is roughly third down and several civic yards to go.
Oakland is that perplexing city opposite San Francisco—in more ways than one. Last June, Oakland voted down a special bond issue that would have financed extracurricular school activities; not just sports, but also such things as drama and band (SI, June 27 et seq.). Facing the prospect of several hundred kids idling in the streets—a situation made more volatile by a smoldering racial problem—the Oakland Jaycees went to work to raise the money themselves.
It has been a desperate campaign. By last week the Jaycees had collected $6,300 and had several lively promotions planned to get more. Long-range goal is $104,800 for sports in six high schools, but the immediate need is $15,000 to get football going first. If football does start it will be late and without many top coaches and kids, who have been transferring away.
The drive has been exhausting. "We are all under 35," says Jaycee Board Member Larry McNutt, who has been taking 30 hours a week from his insurance office to raise funds, "but this thing is aging us all fast."
No wonder. Such fund appeals are unusual. Most American cities traditionally support their school programs. Since a struggle of this sort obviously cannot become an annual affair, the key test will come at the November 8 election when another bid will be made to increase the school-tax share allotted to such activities.
It will be an interesting vote to watch. The Oakland Jaycees will be older. But will the Oakland voters be wiser?