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June 23, 1969
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June 23, 1969


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Alcindor had other problems this week, too. He graduated from UCLA—and to do so required a cap and gown. "There weren't any gowns in our stock that were long enough," said Frank Halberg of UCLA, "and we had to order one especially from Collegiate Cap and Gown in Champaign, Ill. We had to have a gown at least 70 inches long. Actually, I stretched things just a bit. I told them, at first, I needed one 85� inches long, which is Lewie's exact height.

" 'How long?' they asked. 'That guy would have to be 9 feet tall.'

"But when I told them 70 inches, they said O.K. They had one but they'd have to shorten it. I thought they were kidding, but they weren't. They had one they made last year for a girl 7'7". They had to shorten it five inches."

Halberg doesn't know the girl's name. If any NBA or ABA team has signed her, it's being kept pretty quiet.


Did you know that worms were bad for fish? Especially when they are on a hook? Yellowstone Park officials figure that when undersized fish caught on artificial lures are released and returned to the water about 96% of them survive. But almost 50% of the fish taken on live bait die after being released. The reason is, simply, that fish tend to swallow live bait, worms in particular, hook and all.

Park officials ruled, therefore, that bait fishing was out in Yellowstone Park waters. However, the officials had failed to reckon with the fathers of small boys and girls. A group of parents worked up some splendid statistics, which they more or less defied the park officials to refute. They said that when their offspring used flies and other artificial lures, 75% of the fathers' time was spent untangling lines. But adult fishing time was interrupted only 25% of the time when the kids used the hook-and-worm method.

Yielding to argument and tradition, park officials recanted. Now, children under 12 will be allowed to drown worms in most areas, and fathers can utilize that extra free time to untangle their own lines.

In constructing Interstate Highway 80 through Clarion County, the Pennsylvania State Highways Department was guilty of polluting part of Beaver Creek—one of the best trout streams in the western section of the state. But nothing can be done about it. The conservation director of the state's Department of Mines said, "If this had been done by a strip miner, we would have shut down his operations. We have no control over the highways department."


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