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November 13, 1972
Bill Battle, Tennessee's young head football coach (age 30), took his squad to a Friday night movie, as customary. Much less customarily, the film turned out to be something of a sizzler. "Tell you what," Battle suggested to the squad, "I won't tell your mothers you saw this thing if you won't tell mine."
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At the age of 18, Swimmer Karen Moras says that she is through "forever" with the sport that caused the boys to nickname her "Fish" and the girls, because of her chlorine-greened hair, to call her "Slime." To become an Australian Olympian, Karen gave up things she wanted, but now she feels free, free! "I've been going out on dales, have I ever!" she says. "My father said, 'You don't have to make up for all those years in one month, dear.' And I've been growing my hair. For 12 years I've wanted long hair. I'm beginning to find out what life is all about."

Robert Mitchum had a good excuse to be out there on the ice talking to the Boston Bruins' Bobby Orr. Mitchum plays the lead in the arch-realistic crime movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle, a film about the blue-collar workers and small businessmen of free-lance professional crime, set in the Boston area. A measure of its realism is that the fictional Coyle and his friends are excitable Bruin fans, and many scenes are shot at Boston Garden.

When Henry Hight, an owner of the San Antonio Toros of the National Professional Football League, heard about Bernie Parish's football book titled They Call It a Game, he sent oil" for a copy. What came back in the mail were 112 copies. Hight had somehow made out his check for $140 instead of $1.40. The delighted publisher threw in a dozen extra books for good measure, and Hight's car now looks like a bookmobile as he tries to give away copies. Call him the Hight of absentmindedness.

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