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September 18, 1967
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September 18, 1967


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Many of today's artists seem to be going Mod or Mad, but there is a sculptor in Albuquerque who favors Mud. Julie Graham has a whole neighborhood building a two-story, playground structure made mainly of adobe bricks.

With the help of a score of adults who live near the playground and a team of willing-to-work teen-agers, the bricks were formed and baked in the sun. Then Mrs. Graham and the boys built a play tower that has a cave, some windows to climb through, a series of flagstone steps up to twin towers, a slide and a rope for swinging or climbing. A horde of preschool Tarzans, mountain climbers, spelunkers and Geronimos are anxious to try it, and a final coat of cement stucco over the mud bricks should be finished this month.

Mrs. Graham, wife of an architect, already has several more mud-tower commissions for other playgrounds. They're fun to build and dirt cheap.


Among the largest catfish taken in the history of Anglers Little Lake in Hemet, Calif. were two caught recently by Mrs. Barbara Walling of Anaheim. She caught both fish on the same night, one weighing 18 pounds and the other 14.

Her bait: Wheaties soaked in strawberry soda.


Too big for a window display at Tiffany's, the Auto Expo International at the Los Angeles Sports Arena had other resemblances to an exhibition of fine jewels. It was a showing of expensive foreign sports cars, garnished with antique beauties and highlighted by a few new sports-car types that never had been shown in the U.S. before.

Among them: the Lamborghini Marzal, with a 175 hp engine in its slick body, able to move at 130 miles an hour. It has gull-wing doors, quite like those introduced by Mercedes in 1955, but the Lamborghini doors are made of glass. The cost of the windshield, a perfect, distortion-free mold, was estimated at $1,000. The body, designed by Bertone, includes rubber bumpers and black louvers over the rear engine. One of a kind, the Lamborghini was used as a pace car for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at the Monaco Grand Prix. It can be had for about $75,000.

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