Statesmen are indeed busy these days, ever striving to serve the people.
THE PAINTED LILY
Baseball is the latest institution to assist in the debasement of the language by prettifying it. The dressed-up catchword these days is "velocity." Pitchers, catchers and managers are talking less this season about fastballs and a pitcher's speed.
"I had better velocity on the ball than usual," winning pitchers are telling interviewers.
"He's improved because he's throwing with more velocity," coaches are explaining.
"I never saw him with as much velocity," says a happy manager.
Any day now you may hear a pitcher talking about the improvement in his slow parabola.
THE VERY MODEST KAREEM
After signing a four-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks (a fifth year is optional with the club), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said he had a couple of requests to make. Familiar with the exorbitant and often outlandish demands of other stars, apprehensive club officials, who had just agreed to one of the most financially generous contracts in sports history, sighed and asked what he had in mind.
"I'd like you to send me a weight-training program," Kareem said. "I want to build myself up a little."