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CLIMBING OUT OF THE POLITICAL SWIM
Dr. Edwin Paget, the North Carolina State professor who advocated more vigorous workouts for President Ford to increase his brain power (SCORECARD, Sept. 9), was in receipt of depressing news from the President's press secretary, Ron Nessen.
"Efforts were being made by various groups to raise funds to build a swimming pool for President Ford," Nessen wrote. "However, due to the current economic situation the President decided the plans should be delayed." Professor Paget fired a note back to Nessen informing him that the President could get a fairly good workout by running up and down the steps between the second and third floors of the White House 30 minutes a day. At that, he was letting the President off easy. Had Paget anything to say about it, he would insist that all officials having important decision-making functions run at least an hour a day. As a consequence, they would presumably not only make decisions, but the right ones.
Richard Petty, who won an unprecedented fifth straight Grand National championship this year, may have a new advantage going into the new season—an antismog device. If it works out as well as Petty's brother Maurice thinks it will, sooner or later, he says, "everybody will have to come around to it."
The Pettys used the unit in competition for the first time several weeks ago in the Los Angeles Times 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway. Richard was in second place with just 12 of the 200 laps to go when his engine blew. The antismogger, says Maurice, who heads the Petty pit crew and mechanical operation, "had absolutely nothing to do with the trouble. We'll use it again at Riverside in January, and if it keeps working we'll keep using it."
The contrivance is similar to the anti-nitrogen oxide retrofit unit approved by the California Air Resources Board and sold to the public from 1966 to 1970 for $35, including installation. It recycles exhaust fumes through the manifold, burning the fumes twice. The second burning cuts down the heat in the combustion chamber. The lowering of peak temperatures, says Maurice, should prolong the life of the engine and it could increase power.
The Montreal Gazette takes responsibility for this one about the European visitor watching her first football game. The rain was falling in sheets, the field was a swirl of water.