Accompanying the Arizona State football team to Salt Lake City for its game with Utah were a number of high-spirited Sun Devil boosters and one man who kept his enthusiasm well in hand. He did not, in fact, even have a seat at the game. When he purchased space on the charter flight he told school officials he was going to Salt Lake to sell his house and "your charter is $11 less than the regular fare."
But others on the plane more than made up for this display of frugality. One Sun Devil fan bought a flower girl's tray of mums for $100 and pinned the pompons on people who looked friendly. Another tried to buy a spectator's fur coat to take home to his wife.
In the third quarter ASU'S Curley Culp intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Utah makes a big noise when the team scores, firing off a howitzer that is mounted on a tank. The Arizonans felt that Curley Culp deserved a similar salute. They pooled $500 and dispatched one of the group to bribe the ROTC youth in charge of the tank. The boy looked at the money and gulped, "No. I'd be court-martialed."
It would seem that the Sun Devil fans got a big bang out of the game anyhow.
Not long ago we heard of a group out in Washington called the We Love Rain Society, whose goal was to give their state a soggy image so that tourists would stay away. The members said they were attempting to "rainwash the world" in order to keep enough space in the Pacific Northwest for the natives. Society members kept their homes filled with umbrella stands, sent photographs of themselves taken in the rain to out-of-state friends, and if a stranger asked about Mount Rainier, the proper reply was. "What mountain? Oh, I've never seen it It's always cloud-covered."
Apparently the trend to discourage tourists is spreading. Charles Adams, the board chairman of Massachusetts' Raytheon Company and a great-great-great grandson of President John Adams, has urged New Englanders to shut their doors to vacationers. In a recent speech Adams said: "Does it add to the contentment of gifted people whom we would like to attract here to have to stand in line at a ski lift behind a group from Indiana, to have to wade through the clutter of a Cape Cod beach that was deposited by citizens of Kentucky and to breathe the exhaust gas generated by cars from 44 other states while they park in a traffic jam? I submit that it does not. In my opinion, New England should belong to New Englanders."
The same day that Adams was speaking in Boston, Maine Governor Kenneth Curtis was meeting with his executive council to consider raising state park camping fees. One councillor declared: "Sebago Lake State Park is full all summer It is only a two-hour ride from the crowded areas of Massachusetts. I don't see any reason why a family should be able to come up from Boston and stay there for two bucks a night."