Although it is appealing the IRS ruling, the Sierra Club once again went to the people with full-page ads last month, this time to urge support for a redwood national park. "We certainly feel we have the privilege to use the most effective means in our power to bring the message to the public," says David Brower, the club's executive director. "And we are going ahead, tax-exempt status or not."
Indeed, as a result of the club's efforts and such crises as New York's recent smog alert, the nation has become more aware of its diminishing scenery and increasing pollution. "The public now looks more favorably on conservation ideas and on conservationists themselves," Brower says. "We haven't turned a full corner yet, but I think we've gone around a slight bend in the road."
The situation in Red China may be even more serious than the China watchers suspect: China last week withdrew from the world table-tennis championships, which are to be held in Stockholm in April. As Dick Miles, one of the world's foremost table-tennis watchers and 10-time U.S. champion, points out, China has won the last two world championships, and Chuang Tse-tung, who has twice been named China's Sportsman of the Year, has taken the men's singles title three times in a row. "Table tennis is one of China's few international sports," Miles says. "They've got three million players, and they're not playing down in the basement. It's only measly Ping-Pong, but to China it's the equivalent of not showing up for the Super Bowl."
Ohio University is now offering a master's degree in sports administration and, doubtless, it would be churlish to question whether or not this is illustrative of progress. At any rate, according to Dr. James Mason, a professor of physical education at Ohio, candidates will spend two quarters in the classroom studying business, law, journalism and education. "For one quarter," he said, "the student will work with the college or pro club in the ticket office, the booking department, maintenance, payroll, public relations...any phase of work." Like scheming to sell a 15� hot dog for 35�, Doc, or scheduling split doubleheaders, so the fan has the privilege of paying two admissions?