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Edited by Robert Creamer
November 16, 1970
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November 16, 1970


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Texans, thinking big, have taken a major step to resist pollution. According to the Christmas gift catalog from Houston's Sakowitz department store, you can have a transparent dome erected over your house. The hemisphere is described as a "totally air-supported vinyl dome" that is designed to "provide the protected grounds with a year-round, pollution-free, air-purified, controlled climate." Cost to enclose a two-story house on a one-acre lot: $322,500. How much would one cost to enclose Houston?


The University of Chicago, traditionally a school for intellectuals, was one of the first big-time football powers to abandon the sport. Amos Alonzo Stagg made his reputation as a coach at Chicago, and in 1935 its sterling back, Jay Berwanger, was the first winner of the Heisman Trophy. Then, under the influence of University President Robert M. Hutchins, who is supposed to have said, "Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until it passes over," football was de-emphasized and finally abandoned. Last year Chicago revived the game in an informal way and this year is beginning to feel pretty chesty about it, especially after beating Marquette 13-6. ( Marquette, too, is dabbling in the sport after scratching its big-time schedule some years ago.)

"We kid about our football," says Coach Wally Hass ( Chicago's recruiting policy: if a boy is willing to jog once in awhile, he can come out), "but it's no joke. Football can't be a joke if you really want to play. It's hard work."

But hard work can be helped by brainpower, which is Chicago's forte. Before the Marquette game, the demands of classroom time prevented the coach from getting his team together to practice kickoff returns. No problem. As the squad dressed for the game, Hass handed out mimeographed copies of the formations to be used. It took the players a few minutes to absorb the details, but by the beginning of the second half they had them down pat. They took Marquette's kickoff and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. What else you got in that mimeograph machine, Coach?

Conservationists will be shocked to hear that Thoreau devastated Many Farms. Or maybe not. Thoreau is a town in New Mexico, and all that happened is its high school beat a high school from Many Farms, Ariz. 46-0.

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