ACORN IN CHEEK
One result of conservationists' successful campaign to require developers using federal funds to look before they leap has been a blizzard of forms and papers in quadruplicate describing the expected environmental impact of any proposed project. Recently Washington and Lee University, seeking government backing for a new library, filed the following response to a request for an estimate of the building's probable effect on the physiology, behavior patterns and/or activities of any animal population making use of the site. It is a model of brevity:
"There are some 10 to 20 common squirrels living, or appearing to live, in the site proposed for the new library. Some trees that now provide either homes or exercise areas for the squirrels will be removed, but there appear to be ample other trees to serve either or both of these purposes. No major food source for the squirrels will be affected. The squirrels have had no apparent difficulty in adjusting to relocations brought about by prior non-federally supported projects. It is, however, difficult to ascertain if they will be unhappy about having to adjust to other trees in which to live and sport about."
In Philadelphia for an indoor track meet last weekend, Sprinter Steve Riddick of the Philadelphia Pioneers raised eyebrows by running—and winning—his heat in the 60-yard dash without removing his sweat pants. New style? Super cool? Super psych? "No," Riddick explained, "I left my shorts at the hotel and didn't realize it until I had warmed up." Riddick won the final in a breeze—and in borrowed shorts.
All you underwater Monopoly players stop right where you are and surface. To prevent physical harm, the Monopoly Marathon Records Documentation Committee will no longer accept attempts at duration records for submerged play. Permanent possession of the individual mark goes to Bob Evans of Texarkana, Texas, who swapped waterlogged real estate for 20 hours and 10 minutes last November, and the team standard belongs forevermore with Tim Guinee and Scott Bertram of Peabody, Mass. Last month they endured for 17 hours and 17 minutes.
So where does this leave the fine art of wrinkle-finger Monopoly? In the bathtub. The MMRDC sanctioned a record set in Germany by Sp. 4 and Mrs. Thomas E. McDowell for a 14�-hour game, and will entertain challenges. And where does this leave the practice of publicity? Healthy.
LEERY ON THE LINKS
If Johnny Miller is one light practicer, Lee Trevino is one heavy skeptic, and that fast start of the new year has done nothing to allay his suspicions.
Miller has said he hits 10, maybe 15 balls before and after each round, no more. He reported that during a two-month layoff this winter he played only one 18-hole round, fished a lot and spent most of his time idling.