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Edited by Robert Creamer
November 23, 1970
OUT OF THE MOUTHSNear Chicago a grandmother took her 4-year-old grandson and 7-year-old granddaughter for a ride in her small car. The youngsters began squabbling over which would get to sit in the front seat. "If you don't let me sit there," the 4-year-old said to his sister, "I'll chop your head off." The 7-year-old shrugged. "Who cares?" she said. "With all this pollution we'll be dead soon anyway."
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November 23, 1970


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Remember when woman athletes used to be considered oddball behemoths, Big Berthas, Powerful Katinkas? That's well in the past now, and the future is making sure of it. At the Munich Olympics in 1972 little "cosmetic cabins" will be on hand near the victory stands in the various venues. Woman distance runners can renew their makeup before presenting themselves for their medals. Woman swimmers can do something with their wet and tangled hair.

And the cosmetic cabins are not just for the women. Shotputters, boxers, marathon runners, all can take a couple of minutes to make sure they look all right before going on TV. It is also expected that those who present the medals will freshen up first, too. Can't you just see Avery Brundage dusting a shiny spot on that massive dome of his?


Quarter horses are supposedly poor relations of the thoroughbreds that race in prestige events like the Kentucky Derby, but everyone knows by now that quarter horses can make a bundle of money (the world's richest horse race is the $670,000 All-American Futurity for 2-year-old quarter horses at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico). Yet it still comes as something of a surprise to discover how dripping with gold some of these fast-stepping animals are. Easy Jet, a 3-year-old, has collected nearly $500,000 by winning 27 times in 38 starts (he's been out of the money only twice). Moreover, his income is augmented by stud fees. Even though he is still actively campaigning. Easy Jet was taken out of training for the first half of this year and bred to 136 mares. At $2,000 a live foal, that means he could earn $272,000 for one breeding season. And his stable says next year the fee will be $2,500.

Lest you forget that football is a rough game, know that a report in mid-November from the NFL listed the following injuries: JETS—Woodall (chest), Thomas (ankle), Thompson (shoulder), Philbin (foot), Boozer (rib cartilage). RAMS—Long (knee), Snow (knee), Baughan (arch), Smith (hamstring), Brown (groin), Williams (knee), Klein (knee). LIONS—Owens (shoulder separation), Walker (arch), VIKINGS—Eller (charley horse), Krause (bruised forearm), Alderman (neck), RAIDERS—Lamonica (bruised shoulder), Buehler (ankle), Wells (shoulder), BRONCOS—Brunelli (knee), Whalen (ankle), Washington (ankle), Thompson (knee), Bachman (knee), REDSKINS—Schoenke (knee). GIANTS—Williams (knee), Eaton (hamstring), CHIEFS—Brown (ankle), Taylor (shoulder), Budde (bruised thigh). STEELERS—Calland (charley horse), Beatty (arm), Bankston (shoulder separation). 49ERS—No reported injuries. OILERS—Johnson (bruised knee, but see item at right called "A Break for Charley"), Hopkins (ankle), Atkins (hamstring), BROWNS—Kelly (ankle), Jones (bruised shoulder), McKay (knee), BENGALS—Beauchamp (ribs), Lewis (face). CHARGERS—Rice (toe), Briggs (knee), Hadl (calf), Garrison (ankle), Garrett (ankle), Foster (ankle), Frazier (hand), Fletcher (hamstring), Schmedding (shoulder). PATRIOTS—McMahon (broken ankle), Webb (knee), Sellers (foot), Montler (calf). BILLS—Simpson (sprained knee), Moses (hamstring), Briscoe (shoulder), Cowlings (ankle), Marchlewski (neck), Reilly (ankle). COLTS—Hinton (leg), Jefferson (groin), Hill (knee), Smith (knee), Miller (ribs), Havrilak (knee, shoulder), BEARS—Mc-Rae (leg), Shy (foot), PACKERS—Starr (sore right arm), Williams (ankle), Bowman (shoulder), Carter (knee). SAINTS—Baker (knee), Howard (groin), Nevett (knee), DOLPHINS—Kiick (back). FALCONS—Malone (mouth), EAGLES—Pinder (bruised back), Bouggess (thigh), Snead (knee), Nelson (thigh), Tom (ankle), Jones (bruised shoulder), Calloway (knee), Nordquist (hip). CARDINALS—Edwards (ankle), Bakken (knee), Hutchison (knee). COWBOYS—Norman (groin). The league also noted that the following players had been dropped from active rosters in November because of injuries: Breitenstein, Falcons; Lassiter and Williamson, Patriots; Hester, Bears; Wheelwright and Livingston, Saints; Stewart, Jets; Austin, Steelers. Earlier casualties, like Namath, Snell and Sayers, are not included in this report.

In Milwaukee, when someone gets something in the eye at a Hawaiian-style cook-out they call it a luau cinder.


Three weeks after breaking his collarbone Houston Oiler Quarterback Charley Johnson was playing football again. Johnson's collarbone broke into three pieces when Charley landed heavily on his left shoulder while trying to make a tackle after one of his passes was intercepted. The operation to repair the collarbone may have been the first of its kind ever attempted, and Johnson's quick recovery may also have been a record. One of the orthopedic specialists who treated Johnson said, "In his eagerness to play he wanted us to devise some method by which he could return to action as rapidly as possible." The doctors therefore adapted a technique previously used in the repair of large bones in the arm or leg. A heavy compression plate immobilized the broken fragments, which were anchored into place with six heavy screws. The plate holds the fragments in place while the bone heals. Johnson was throwing a football (he is right-handed) three days after surgery and in a little more than two weeks had regained full and painless use of the shoulder.

The orthopedist admitted that the technique was radical for such an injury, since simpler methods of repair are available, and he feels the procedure used will draw criticism from some of his colleagues. One of the drawbacks is the presence of the plate. It may have to be removed in the future, which would require another operation with a general anesthetic. Simpler devices, like pins, can be removed in a minor procedure under local anesthetic. But the simpler methods require a longer period of inactivity, and Johnson wanted immediate results. If his injury had been treated in the usual way, the quarterback would have been out for the rest of the season. As it was, he played full-time against Kansas City only three weeks after his accident.

Archie Manning, Mississippi's sterling quarterback, who broke the radius in his left arm on Nov. 7, underwent a similar operation and is expected to play against Louisiana State on Dec. 5.

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