Marketed as a toy, the blowgun is a five-foot-long aluminum tube that fires plastic balls tipped with an adjustable steel needle. It has a range of 200 feet and can penetrate half-inch-thick plywood, auto tires, small animals and, needless to say, other children.
The Rocky Hill lighting system survived the attack, but potential problems remain. Does the Constitution guarantee citizens the right to bear blowguns? Perhaps Rocky Hill should impose the familiar childhood curfew—everybody go home when the streetlights go on.
A fan who wants to see some of the best college football teams in the country without any hard traveling might do worse than to spend this fall in Indiana. Eight of SI's Top 20 teams (Sept. 6) will play in South Bend, West Lafayette and Bloomington, and Notre Dame (No. 18) will play five games at home. Here is the schedule:
Sept. 11 Pittsburgh (No. 10) at Notre Dame.
Sept. 18 Nebraska (No. 4) at Indiana
Sept. 25 USC (No. 5) at Purdue
Oct. 2 Miami of Ohio (No. 17) at Purdue
Oct. 23 Michigan (No. 1) at Indiana
Oct. 30 Ohio State (No. 6) at Indiana
Nov. 6 Michigan (No. 1) at Purdue
Nov. 13 Alabama (No. 2) at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame also is at home Sept. 18 ( Purdue), Oct. 16 ( Oregon) and Nov. 20 ( Miami, Fla.).
But what, one asks, does one do with oneself on Oct. 9?
Well, one could watch the baseball playoffs on TV. But a real grid fan would choose from among Indiana Central at Butler, a game that could be a key battle in the Indiana Collegiate Conference, Northwestern at Indiana or Northern Illinois at Indiana State.
Robin Roberts, now a member of Baseball's Hall of Fame, told a story the other day to John Steadman of the Baltimore News American that would have been right up Bill Stern's oldtime radio alley, a story of how a stroll through the streets of New York changed the course of baseball history.