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August 05, 1968
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August 05, 1968


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It may be true that Big Ten football is slipping but it would be hard to prove on the basis of school tags on National Football League rosters. Among the 700 veteran players in the NFL, 116 played college ball in the Big Ten. Michigan State leads with 17, followed by Illinois, 16; Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan, 11 each; Wisconsin, Purdue and Northwestern, 10 each; and Indiana, 9.

The Southeastern Conference ran second, trailing the Big Ten by 40 with a total of 76. For the first time in four years, Notre Dame relinquished its spot as the individual leader, tying Illinois and Southern California for second with 16.

Visions of Yukon dogsleds, Italian bikes, Austrian ski bobs and kangaroo rugs danced in New York heads last week, and much sleep was lost in the process. Dozens of bargain hunters spent a Sunday night in front of the Abercrombie & Fitch Madison Avenue store, the outdoorsman's Tiffany's, in readiness for Abercrombie's first Outrageous Warehouse Sale, which drew the largest sale crowds in the city's history. The big lures were a $4,000 prefab vacation house reduced to $995, and two $249 aluminum boats, a fine bargain at $20 each. The house went to John Taylor Gatto, bearded author of the forthcoming The Adventures of Snyder, the CIA Spider, first in line with wife and coffee thermos at 4 p.m. Sunday, 16 hours before the 8 a.m. Monday opening. Though boats and house were sold in seconds, for hours frantic but late arrivals bypassed elevator lines and raced up eight flights of stairs only to groan and curse at SOLD signs on their dreams. One disappointed house hunter settled for a Speed Yak, once $285 but a bargain at $99.50. "How can I go wrong?" he shrugged. "I don't know what it is, but it's a good buy." Two snowman types flew in from Detroit and stood in line for seven hours to purchase two dogsleds ("I've got a poodle, so why not?" one said), two pairs of snowshoes and two bobsleds. The sleeper, however, proved to be a stuffed fish of uncertain species. "Imagine stuffing it," the ad read. "Someone did." It went in the first two minutes. A real steal at five cents.

The magazine Mexico offers visitors to the Olympic Games the following tips: do not leave your camera in the car; never be on time; always shake hands; it's all right to drink the water; and always sleep with your head pointed south.


Venting his displeasure over the tendency in various legislatures to blame guns alone for growing violence in America, a sportsman in Clarion, Pa. has gone underground. Other weapons are available, too, he discovered, and pointed out the results in a letter to the Law and Order Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which is studying proposed gun legislation. The letter:

"These items in stock in my basement:

"7 guns
"2 bows and arrows
"1 stick dynamite
"3 hunting knives
"1 axe lge.
"1 axe sm.
"1� arsenic [sic]
"1 gal. insecticide
"6 cans Sani-Flush
"1 machete
"1 garrote
"12 steak knives
"1 gal. gasoline
"1 set of golf clubs, 3 woods, 5 irons, one putter, 'very deadly'
"1 ball bat
"2 hockey sticks
"1 fishing gaff
"1 carving knife

"If guns are to be registered these should be registered also. I think a $10 fee for each would help Gov. [Raymond P.] Shafer."


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