The ship, Hiniesta, a 361-ton luxury steam yacht, figures to sell for considerably more, something around $100,000. Built in 1902, she is believed to be the oldest craft of her size and kind still in commission. During World War II King George VI used her to inspect the fleet, and in recent years she has been chartered for cruises in the Mediterranean by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Peter Law-ford and the late Porfirio Rubirosa. The man from Christie's says, "Hiniesta is worthy of any fine-art salesroom, and it is always good to have a change from Rembrandt."
Dr. Lauren Donaldson of the University of Washington is using a new method of marking the salmon raised in the college hatchery before releasing them. He uses a kind of miniature branding iron that leaves a permanent X on the side of each fish. The iron, however, is frozen, not heated. Dr. Donaldson is convinced that branding is more reliable and less injurious than previous identifying methods, such as tagging (tags often are lost) or clipping fins (which so upsets a fish's equilibrium that it swims a woozy course for some time).
The university's brand, like a cattle baron's, is registered with the proper agencies, so that Husky salmon can be identified when caught in the sea or when they return to Lake Union to spawn in two years' time.
From now on, podnuh, it's going to be a lot easier rounding up strays.
THE MAKING OF A MANAGER 1968
Several years ago a group of sportswriters attending a baseball banquet decided to start a rumor that Yogi Berra, still a player at the time, was going to be manager of the San Francisco Giants. The rumor spread from coast to coast, and although wire services carried the appropriate denials, a funny thing happened. Berra, long the clown, began taking the idea seriously; others were soon talking about him as a possible manager and, sure enough, one day he wound up in command of the New York Yankees.
The same thing seems to be happening to Wilt Chamberlain. The possibility of Chamberlain becoming the player-coach of the 76ers was broached for the first time a couple of months ago by a Boston newspaperman who was looking for something to fill a column. Nobody had ever seriously thought of the moody Chamberlain as a leader of men. But the story kept getting repeated. Chamberlain now seems to be taking the idea seriously, and if he takes it seriously, the 76ers' management has no choice but to take it seriously. The team's coaching job is vacant ( Alex Hannum's contract expired at the end of the season, and he announced he was quitting last Monday).
Asked after the team's playoff loss to Boston if he had considered coaching, Chamberlain replied, "I haven't done too much thinking about anything, except we lost and we shouldn't have lost. I have my particular thoughts on coaching, but I'd rather wait before I personally comment."
In the past Chamberlain has said he did not think the idea of a player-coach was a good one. Now, however, he qualifies his view, observing that "I would think that sometimes a player-coach could be much more of an asset to a team than a poor coach on the bench." Chamberlain is talking hypothetically, he says, but he has been making cryptic statements about the 76ers' fall from power, i.e.: "During the last part of the season I thought we were playing on a par [with 1967], but I think there was something missing and I'd rather not go into that something."