Scientists trying to determine what the moon is made of got some answers when the first astronauts returned with rock and soil samples. But then all their calculations were thrown off by the seismographic instruments left on the moon's surface. Those instruments reported that shock waves traveled through the moon at an astonishingly slower rate than they do through the earth. Puzzled, scientists tested a wide variety of materials, searching for one that yielded a rate similar to the moon's. One that did was aged provolone cheese.
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Warren Armstrong, Rookie of the Year last season in the American Basketball Association, has one last chance to remain in the ABA after being assigned to his third team in less than a year. Trouble with Washington Capitol Coach Al Bianchi precipitated the first move, a trade to the Kentucky Colonels for a 1971 top draft choice. But the moody, quick-tempered Armstrong was in Louisville only long enough for eight exhibition games when General Manager Mike Storen suspended him, saying, "I consider that this franchise, as of this moment, is finished with Warren Armstrong." The reason was related to supposed attempts on Armstrong's part to form a black union among the Kentucky players. Four days later he was traded to the Indiana Pacers, a team that had sought him earlier and the one the 25-year-old player said he wanted to join all along. Pacer General Manager John Weissert said, "If there is anyplace where he has a chance to blend in and contribute substantially to a winning team, it's here." Replied Armstrong, "I like the prospects," and in a show of accord went along with Pacer Coach Bob Leonard's first request by shaving his beard. "I don't think I'm the monster I'm made out to be," he added.
IN LIFE AND DEATH
Fred (Dutch) Leidig, who died recently in Baltimore at the age of 61, worked for that city's Bureau of Recreation and had devoted more than 40 years of his life to amateur athletics. In a touching variation on a traditional theme, his obituary notice said, "In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your favorite sports organization."
NOTES FROM OLYMPUS
From Bob Paul of the U.S. Olympic Committee comes the following intelligence about things Olympian:
At Munich, athletes in all 21 sports will be examined for evidence of drugs taken to stimulate performances.
Electric starting blocks will be used in track events at Munich to detect false starts.
Top ticket price at Munich will be about $25 (for the opening ceremonies). Top price for track and field, swimming, boxing, gymnastics and soccer will be about $15.