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June 16, 1969
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June 16, 1969


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Judge Roy Hofheinz, the Astrodome man, was in Buffalo last week to discuss what role he might play in the development of a domed stadium there. The Erie County legislature had voted earlier to build a $50 million dome, but that is as far as things have gone. The politicians are sharply divided on questions like the site (and Hofheinz' possible influence on its selection). The judge, who says he has rejected overtures from five other cities, indicated that Buffalo was a natural for a successful operation like the Astrodome because of its proximity to Niagara Falls and such populous areas as Toronto, and its location on a major east-west highway complex. The only other thing it really needs is O. J. Simpson.


Outdoorsmen who have camped out in northern Maine know that the mosquitoes that go forth to battle there each summer are formidable. The black flies are impressive, but the mosquitoes come in loud, clear and hungry, and their range extends all the way south to the tourist belt along the Atlantic Coast. How do you fight them off, particularly now that DDT is held in such disrepute? Ogunquit, one of the most famous of Maine's vacation hangouts, turned to nature's remedy—the dragonfly. Mrs. David O. Woodbury, president of the Ogunquit Village Improvement Association, which was determined to do something about the mosquito, learned last year that dragonflies could be brought into the state to combat the skeeters. She got in touch with the Carolina Biological Supply Co. of Burlington, N.C., and the company said it was all true. The dragonfly got the mosquito coming and going: the nymph of the fly fed on hatching mosquito larvae in their watery birthplace, and the mature fly actually caught mature mosquitoes on the wing.

Mrs. Woodbury ordered 100 (cost: $18) a year ago and painstakingly planted the embryo dragonflies at strategic watery locations in Ogunquit. Results were gratifying. "It is difficult to make accurate estimates," says Mrs. Woodbury, "but there were encouraging reports that there did indeed seem to be fewer mosquitoes last summer." On this optimistic note, Ogunquit planned to escalate its dragonfly commitment this summer to 200.

What about the risk of being up to your scapulas in dragonflies, which are also called darning needles and which, according to an absolute truth known by all small children, are a threat to sew up your mouth? Well, they have only a one-year life-span, so Ogunquit is not immediately in danger of being overrun. And, despite their fierce reputation, appearance and names, they are harmless.

Except, of course, to mosquitoes.


Last fall a story on Texas A&M referred to its students as "The Proudest Squares," and that sturdy image seems to be paying off for Aggie athletics. It is generally agreed in Texas that A&M landed more blue-chip high school football players than any other Southwest Conference school, and basketball and track recruiting kept pace. The reason appears to be the school's highly disciplined student body, if the comments made by incoming freshmen athletes on a school questionnaire are any indication.

"I like A&M for its reputation for no drugs and campus riots," wrote Linebacker Mike Coy. Tackle Herman Mauch said, "I like the open, clean air of College Station and the small amount of trouble there." Guard Fred Placke said, "I picked A&M because it is one of the few remaining colleges that is not troubled by lousy hippies and SDS and will not tolerate them."

Basketball prospect Ron Eeten declared that "A&M had the neatest, cleanest-cut student body I've seen, and that impressed me." Miler Sammy Skinner said, "It's worth something to me to go to a school where I know I can attend class the next day." Bob Gobin, who plays both football and basketball, declined an invitation to visit Kansas and signed with A&M "because I didn't want to go where they had an SDS chapter and have my education disrupted."

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