The electronically computed dream games will be broadcast play-by-play over the radio, just as the mythical fights have been. The season will begin next Sept. 1, when Michigan State '52 and '66 will play each other to decide which will represent the Spartans for all time. In following weeks Notre Dame '46 and '66 ( Johnny Lujack vs. Terry Hanratty) will meet, then Tennessee '38 and '51 ( Bowden Wyatt vs. Hank Lauricella).
And then the greatest teams of Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Army, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, UCLA, USC ('67—the youngest entry), Minnesota ('34—the oldest), Ohio State, Georgia Tech, LSU and Alabama will enter the single-elimination fray, which will culminate in a superduper ever-after bowl Dec. 29.
The question of which years' teams should represent the colleges was left to either the school's athletic director or a committee appointed by him. The only place where that was a little sticky was West Point. "Do you want me to remain a lieutenant colonel all my life?" asked the officer whom computer-sports mogul Murry Woroner consulted. "Every general in the Army was on a diferent West Point team." A civilian committee selected the team of 1946 (Blanchard and Davis, 9-0-1).
PASS THE BOOK
The men of St. Francis College, Biddeford, Me., have discovered a new way to build a library: a relay race. Recently 52 St. Francis students ran the 104 miles between the college and Harvard's Widener Library. Dr. Richard Spath, St. Francis president, was the first runner. He went about 300 yards at 5 o'clock in the morning and passed on Commentary on Aristotle's Physics, which was handed to a representative of Harvard at the end of the run.
The idea was to call attention to the contrast between the St. Francis Library's needs and Widener's abundance—St. Francis has 30,000 volumes, Widener 3 million. And the publicity paid off. George Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, gave the students some three hundred books three days after the anchor man came puffing into Cambridge with the Aristotle.
"How can you turn down these kids?" the benevolent Mr. Gloss said. "They've got the right idea of a student demonstration." And indeed this bookathon opens up all sorts of possibilities, such as jogging for a new dorm, dashes for a greater voice in college affairs, national student book relays from coast to coast, or chasing the dean around a building instead of locking him in it.
SET OF FIVE
First cocktails, caviar, smoked sturgeon and salmon for the select 40 guests—the cream of North American gun collectors and shooters—on the seventh floor of Abercrombie & Fitch. Then dinner (quail and venison and pheasant pie) in the Hunt Room at "21". The occasion last week was special: Abercrombie was unveiling and offering for sale a set of five matched shotguns by Holland & Holland of London that is unique in the history of gun-making.
The guns are five different gauges, from 12 down to .410, and each has a different bird—the 16 for instance bears a pheasant, the 28 a mourning dove—inlaid in gold. Otherwise they match perfectly, from deep-scrolled engraving to scaled screwheads. The triggers, locks and ejectors are gilded, and the stocks are of the finest French walnut. The set took 5,500 man-hours to fashion, and the price, including the Brazilian rosewood cabinet by Asprey's of London, was $50,000.