Throughout its history, ever since the Crusaders brought it back to Western Europe, magical properties have been ascribed to garlic. Survivors of the Black Death believed they escaped because of the garlic they chewed. Some have held it to be an aphrodisiac and a cure for mad-dog bites, leprosy and athlete's foot. And Eleanor Roosevelt attributed her fine memory to the three chocolate-covered garlic pills that she ate each morning at breakfast.
A certain delicacy in the use of garlic is admired by gourmets. Queen Victoria's Italian chef chewed garlic, then breathed on his salads. Not for him that crude business of rubbing the bowl with it.
Try breathing some on the next mosquito you encounter.
FOR THE ILL-DRESSED SHUTTERBUG
It is a rare news photographer who goes to work looking as if he had his suits tailored on Savile Row. Or even as if he owned a suit. The thing is to wear gear that can accommodate all the gadgets that go with the trade and will not be unduly damaged while climbing telephone poles and dodging rhinoceroses.
But in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, where employees are required to wear a black tie to some events, photographers who look as if they dressed hurriedly in the darkroom will henceforth be denied entrance.
"Some photographers appear at the Gardens in rather a slovenly condition," Stan Obodiac, publicity director, advised Toronto sports editors in a recent communiqu�. "Since they work the prime section at the Gardens, they are more evident to the general public."
This sartorial stance is not altogether new to the Gardens. Rather it is a throwback to Conn Smythe, who built the arena and ruled as absolute despot of the Maple Leafs until 10 years ago, when he sold out to his son and some associates. Smythe insisted that his players wear shirts and ties whenever they appeared in public, even when they came to practice. Reporters who covered the hockey team were refused admission to dressing rooms unless they were attired to Smythe's taste. Only last year Coach John McLellan reprimanded reporters on the hockey beat for letting their hair grow long and not wearing ties.
Still, reporters are not photographers. The Leafs have conquered many adversaries in their turbulent history, but they may yet rue the day that they challenged such sensitive, artistic—not to mention aggressive—souls as press photographers.
KINDERGARTEN AT UNM