Alaska Governor Walter Hickel last week fired a member of his cabinet, Highway Commissioner Warren Gonnason, for giving false information on his application for a fishing license. A routine check by the state's fish and game department revealed that Gonnason had stated that he had lived in Alaska for 18 months and therefore qualified for a resident license, which costs $5 per year. Nonresidents must pay $10. But Gonnason had been in the state only five months when he applied for the permit.
The fish and game department informed the governor of the discrepancy, and the next day Hickel fired the commissioner from his $23,800-a-year job.
The punishment may sound like an extreme case of overkill, but Governor Hickel is to be applauded. Government officials who regularly make a mockery of conservation and game laws in many states should note the fate of Commissioner Gonnason. In Alaska, at least, honesty is the best policy.
USING HIS HEAD
When Wayne Fehlberg, a member of Brigham Young's wrestling team, weighed in at 124� pounds for the 123-pound class in a meet with Utah last week, he was sent to the hotbox to sweat off some fat. But, as the hour of the match approached, Fehlberg still was eight ounces too heavy. He shaved his skull, qualified for the match and won by a hair.
Jeffrey Sokol, the recently elected head yell leader at the University of California who ran on a peace ticket, is considering resigning after two games. When he appeared before basketball crowds in dirty jeans and long hair and led such antitraditional yells as "Bomb the Bruins with napalm," the student rooting section objected—strenuously.
Sokol won the election by appealing to the more politically oriented Berkeley students, but he soon learned that his backers weren't the type who attend athletic events. Petitions began circulating on the Berkeley campus demanding his resignation. Julie Ann Smith, a junior, wrote in The Daily Californian: "I was repulsed by Mr. Sokol's crew, which, in comparison to the UCLA cheerleaders, resembled a cross between a group of rail tramps and a long-defunct vaudeville troupe.... The total disorganization of the group only added to my rage." However, the newspaper supported Sokol editorially saying, "If the world is ever going to have lasting peace, nations may have to learn to confine their aggressions to the basketball court. Let the combination of peace and sports begin here and now."
CLASS OF '68
Now that the pro football draft is over, the ratings given top players by the Optimum Systems computer that scouts the field for the Dallas Cowboys (SI, Jan. 29) can be disclosed.