As for Zimmerman's remark that Dartmouth men act as if it's easy to steal the Harvard boys' dates, it is!
SHINNY AND SHANKS
I was glad to see that Dwight Eisenhower gives the grand old game of shinny some credit for developing his mean golf swing (PEOPLE, Oct. 31). As the ex-President says, it was a crude form of Held hockey played with a battered tin can and a crooked stick. In my day a good shinny stick was prized highly, and the best ones were made of hedge cuttings. Here in Kansas, where all the hedges were of Osage orange, we called it hedgewood. The French trappers called it bois d'arc, because the Osage Indians made their bows of it. The best stick you could have was one with a knot at one end—a natural.
Shinny was a rough game. There was always the hazard of being hit by the jagged tin "puck," and, if you didn't shinny on your own side, an opponent was entitled to yell "Shanks!" and rap you across the shins with his stick.
Thanks to Ike and to SI for awakening memories of some good shinny games played on the vacant lots of Topeka 55 to 60 years ago.