SI Vault
Edited by Martin Kane
August 14, 1972
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August 14, 1972


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"The cooperation we got from the traffic-control tower at O'Hare was almost as astounding as the first-in-history perfect dive by Mike Finneran," reported Ron O'Brien, Ohio State diving coach. "For three days they rerouted the planes so that not once did they go over while contestants were diving."


A patent lawyer, John F. McClellan Sr. of Baltimore, now has a patent for one of his own inventions, a very odd one.

It is based on his theory that dogs are like people. He has noticed that if a person shouts and someone answers by mimicking that shout, the first shouter is likely to shut up. So he devised an instrument that records the barking of dogs, then sends the sound of the bark back in amplified form and at a wave frequency which dogs can hear, but not humans.

The next-door neighbor's dog can thus be silenced and the neighbor won't know how it was done, says McClellan.

Requests are pouring in for the device, but the inventor has as yet been unable to go into mass production.


There are members of the U.S. Olympic track team who never have worn dress shoes; they have lived out their young lives in sneakers. Other athletes bound for the Summer Olympics have never owned a jacket. Now, thanks to the largess of Sears, Roebuck, every one of the 479 men and 133 women bound for Munich will have outfits, from socks to suitcases, costing over $500. Sears donated $500,000 to the U.S. team but makes an off-the-rack guess that it will have spent close to $1 million for red, white and blue parade uniforms (page 21), travel outfits and proper dress for a White House dinner before the team departs.

In Washington, 19 tailors, 21 fitters and seven seamstresses have been put to work on problems that would boggle a Savile Row expert. Wrestler Chris Taylor weighs 420 pounds. He has a 23-inch neck, 62-inch chest, 59-inch waist and 33-inch thighs. The smallest male athlete, Gymnast Makoto Sakamoto, weighs 120 pounds and has a 14�-inch neck, 26-inch waist and 25-inch thighs.

Swimmers have exceptionally broad shoulders while track and field athletes are justifiably the fussiest about their feet. "Be careful," cautioned Marathoner Kenny Moore. "I've got two sizes. One foot is a D and the other an E."

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