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The cost of the Purdue project was $125,000, or $2 a square foot, half as much as most artificial turf costs these days. PAT cannot be called a replacement for artificial turf in that it may not hold up under, say, a full football season, 50 soccer games, 200 band practices and assorted other events. Its investors see it rather as an alternative, one that will improve the quality of Purdue football.
With a little help from some friends, God and green grass are making a comeback in Indiana.
There is no more vengeful foe than an offended soccer fan, and if you are a diplomat of a neutral nation (soccerwise) watching the World Cup matches in Germany (page 26), you had better be sure you are seen cheering for both sides, or not cheering at all.
Mr. Diplomacy himself, Henry Kissinger, rooted for Holland against Brazil in their semifinal match in Dortmund and two days later found himself denounced in Rio's Jornal do Brasil. Columnist Zozim� Barrozo do Amaral compared his attire most unfavorably to that of Pel�, also a spectator, describing Kissinger as "dressed in a drab $20 raincoat—probably bought at Macy's" and looking "like a raggedly clad detective straight out of an American movie."
Almost a week later Zozim� was still burning. One of Kissinger's sins, he wrote, was "to cheer openly and noisily for the Dutch team." Another, even noted in the news columns, was Kissinger's admitting he knew little about soccer. However, Zozim� was able to conclude triumphantly that Kissinger must have repented his rudeness because, at a later game and in the company of the Brazilian ambassador to Bonn, he had "made a point of being courteous and affable."
That's our Henry. Courteous, affable and impulsive. At the conclusion of the final match between Holland and West Germany in Munich, he was observed exchanging shirts with his game companion, the German foreign minister.
Probably bought at Macy's.
SO IT GOES