In 1968 Erie County adopted a bond-issue resolution authorizing $50 million for a domed stadium, then rescinded it when it was learned that the cost would exceed that amount.
Money was troubling the University of Buffalo, too. It has accumulated a deficit of more than $400,000 in its intercollegiate athletic program since 1967. So no more football for the University of Buffalo.
CURE FOR THE PURPLE PLAGUE?
The water hyacinth, a Latin American native, was introduced to Florida back in 1884 by a dear lady who thought it looked pretty, which it does. Since then the plants have multiplied to the point that they cover 80,560 acres of the state's waterways and, though fortunes have been spent in efforts to eradicate them, no way has been found. Even vegetation-eating manatees and tropical fish have been introduced, with no appreciable result. The waterways have remained choked with otherwise lovely purple flowers.
Now a 45-year-old Sarasota owner of an auto-inspection station, Duane Leach, and his son, Duane Jr., have spent more than $80,000 to develop what they believe is a foolproof hyacinth harvesting machine. They have even organized a company that they hope will be able to sell the ground-up weed as livestock food and, because it holds water so well, as a base to be placed beneath lawn sod.
The state agriculture department is very much interested, and Warren Henderson, minority leader of the Florida Senate, says, "I have been so impressed with the demonstrations and the results that I plan to do everything in my power to convince members of the State Department of Natural Resources that this machine is absolutely foolproof."
Which could be good news for Florida's freshwater boaters.
WITHOUT A SCRATCH
When 5-year-old Suzanne Stebelski of Los Angeles was about to lose her first tooth she was also learning to shoot rotation on her dad's newly installed pool table. Resourceful Suzanne used her own version of the old string-tied-to-the-doorknob routine. She fastened one end of a long piece of dental floss to the wobbly tooth and the other end to her cue, then took her shot. Out popped the tooth, followed by a magnificent, if somewhat altered grin. And she made the four-ball in the side pocket, too.
Troubled by a faulty putter, 74-year-old Lloyd Yost of Dunedin, Fla. quit the Belleair Seniors golf tournament after a bad morning round. Back home in the afternoon he got to wondering how the other fellows were making out, hopped into his Cessna, flew about 10 miles and, because the plane is equipped for short takeoffs and landings, was able to come down on a practice fairway.