The current dispute is an extension of the continuing NCAA-AAU feud, since the Basketball Federation consists largely of collegiate representatives. The winner this time was the AAU. But the loser in the world basketball championship played in Montevideo was the U.S. team—one that was selected by the AAU. It performed as such teams have in the past, finishing fourth, while Russia won the championship.
It's nice of the Russians to be interested in our factional disputes, but if they keep helping out we may never even win a coin toss.
SKIRTING THE ISSUE
The recruiting of high school football stars is a frantic business at this time every year, with the best players lining up their offers like Boy Scout merit badges, but it is doubtful that any of them can match the bids received by Pat Mallory, a husky split end for Sheldon High in Eugene, Ore. As of graduation week, Pat had been solicited by the WAAFS, Pan- American Airlines, which wanted him as a stewardess, a Honolulu secretarial school, a St. Louis nursing school and a Portland (Ore.) beauty college.
Playing for Southeastern Massachusetts Tech last week in the NAIA tennis championships in Kansas City was 52-year-old Harold Bannister, a former insurance salesman who returned to college in 1964 to get a degree in textile technology. Not surprisingly, Bannister was beaten in the first round of the tournament by Bobby Barbera, a 22-year-old senior from Appalachian State. Asked if he was inclined to go easy on Bannister because of his age, Barbera said, "No. This was my last chance in the tournament. Bannister will be back next year. He's only a junior."
President Johnson recently named Astronaut James Lovell to replace Stan Musial as head of his Council on Physical Fitness. Lovell says he will devote one-fourth of his time to the program, which seems optimistic for a man who is a full-time astronaut.
The federal fitness program should be a full-time concern. For much too long it has been operating fitfully. With its $315,000 annual budget, it can only afford to employ a staff of four. Stan Musial explained, "We didn't have enough money to print the booklets people were asking us for. We couldn't hire specialists, or even expose quacks who were running full-page newspaper advertisements for electrical gimmicks. People were posing as representatives of the fitness program, and we were unable to fight them because of lack of funds." Concluded old pro Musial, "It is a shame a country as rich as ours can't put fitness on a professional basis."
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Physical Fitness Program may have other weighty problems if the latest New York fad spreads. The other day 500 people gathered for a Fat-In at The Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Demonstrators carried banners reading "Fat Power" and "Buddha Was Fat." Some wore buttons with the message "Take a Fat Girl to Dinner" or "Help Cure Emaciation." They burned a pile of diet books and a photograph of Twiggy and offered each other fattening foods brought especially for the occasion. The 210-pound 5'11" organizer of the protest, Steve Post, said its purpose was to protest discrimination against the fat.