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She thought it was a good joke on herself when she later followed Del's career in harness racing. If she were living today she would really laugh at her own misgivings. I wonder if anyone else in that junior high class followed the vocation he or she wrote about. Surely no one could have been more successful than Mr. Miller.
The real prima donnas are the not-quite-great sprinters who are trying to upset the world-class dash men as well as harass the starters. With the new false-start rule, this problem of undue delay will soon be corrected.
This year's NCAA championships had two of the nation's finest starters. I've had the pleasure of working with both of these gentlemen. They kept the runners under control and each got a fair and equal start—the way the rules read.
THE TIES THAT GRIND
All chess players will admit that white, the first to move, has a definite plus and that black generally must conform to the opening pattern set by white. The history of tournament play shows that white wins far more often than black. Indeed, many masters (though they would hardly admit it) play to win with white and to draw with black. An improvement over Fischer's play would be to award a "quality point" to black for a draw but no such point to white, since white has the initiative and should be forced to exploit it, whereas black's first concern is to stay even. Then should a match end in a 9-9 tie, the player with the most quality points would win.
Harvard's national championship victory (Smooth and Rude and Fast, July 1) is based on the real secret of success. Despite the Harvards' cockiness, they have earned their laurels with many hours of pain-filled work. They always rowed twice as many hours as any other crew on the river. They ran steps, lifted weights and worked hard all year to do one thing: move a shell through the water. If England wants a top-secret formula for increasing speed and saving money, here it is: buy an old eight and get good men to power it.