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October 09, 1967
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October 09, 1967


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The first few hours of the Placer County, California deer-hunting season established once more that the safest thing to be when the rifles start barking is a deer. On opening day, just at Lake Tahoe, seven cars were wrecked, two people were treated for injuries and three for gunshot wounds. The wrecks and injuries occurred expectedly at deer crossings, but two of the gunshot wounds were on the rare side. (The third was routine. The hunter got hit because he looked like a deer.)

?Dannie Myers, 17, lay on the ground to rest. He propped his weary feet up on a log. Then he spotted a beautiful buck, just standing there waiting to be shot. Dannie raised his rifle and fired. He missed the deer but he did see the sole of one of his shoes flying through the air. He was treated for loss of part of his big toe.

?Robert E. Wise, 27, fell asleep on a ridge because he had been up most of the night repairing his car. He dreamed he had a big buck in the sights of his rifle. With steady hand, he squeezed off a shot. Unfortunately the dream rifle and his real rifle happened to be one and the same. Only the buck was a dream. The bullet grazed the instep of his right foot.

Wise works as a hunting safety instructor for the California Department of Fish and Game. But only when he is awake.


A development of considerable significance in tennis appears to be looming. An organization called World Championship Tennis has been formed, with Dave Dixon, New Orleans sports promoter, as president and Lamar Hunt, Texas multimillionaire, as secretary-treasurer. The plan is, immediately after the Davis Cup matches in December, to sign John Newcombe, Tony Roche and Cliff Drysdale, three of the world's leading tennis players, as professionals. They cannot, of course, sign before the cup matches. Dennis Ralston, Earl Buchholz and Mike Davies of Britain are expected to join the group, too, in a touring team which will travel with its own synthetic grass court on a nine months' junket starting in Kansas City in February and ending up, nine months later, in South Africa.

The plan, if successful, might well create such a shortage of good amateurs that open tennis would become a necessity.


It is a clich�, but a true one, that the unsung heroes of football are those who labor between the ends on the offensive lines—centers, tackles and, most especially, guards. Nobody knows this better than Dick Bestwick, offensive line coach at Georgia Tech, who learned the facts of life in the interior line while playing running guard in Carl Snavely's old North Carolina single wing.

As one of their kind, Bestwick enjoys a special camaraderie with the Tech guards. And he is very frank in advising them of their position in life.

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