The symbol's designer, Ottle Aicher, head of the Ulm design studio and founder of Ulm's Design Institute, has good reason to wish for carefree freedom. He narrowly escaped execution by the Gestapo for his part in the 1944 anti-Nazi students' plot.
THE PELOTA MYSTERY
A crisis has developed in jai alai's supply lines. As matters stand at the moment, there will be no more American-made pelotas, which are the world's best.
For about four years now, Mrs. Isabelle Fernandez of Hialeah, Fla., a Cuban housewife, has been turning out an average of one pelota a day. She was the only producer of the little $30 ball for three Florida frontons—Orlando, West Palm Beach and Miami. Now she has decided to retire.
"It was the best pelota we have ever found," said Gordon Hulbert, head man at the Orlando-Seminole fronton, "and we have tried them from Spain and Mexico and other places."
He has enough of the Cuban exile's pelotas on hand to last two more seasons, Hulbert said, then will turn to other, though inferior, sources.
Mrs. Fernandez professes to have a secret way of making the balls, but, when Hulbert suggested he might buy the secret from her, "she mentioned a figure in the neighborhood of Joe Namath's new contract with the Jets."
"Why, we wouldn't use that many pelotas in 30 years," he said.
Mrs. Fernandez learned her secret from her father, Isadore Milan, who in pre-Castro years was known as Cuba's most skilled pelota maker. Now, if she goes, the secret goes with her.