The Wildlife Service expects to have its studies finished before the 1977 waterfowl season begins.
HITTING THE NAIL ON THE HEAD
Before the California Angels' first game in the Seattle Kingdome, this year's opener against the Mariners, General Manager Harry Dalton asked USC football coach John Robinson for advice about playing in the massive new covered stadium. Robinson, whose Trojans had beaten Washington State there last fall, thought about it, considered it, weighed it, then delivered his learned advice.
Recalls Dalton, "This sounds silly, but the only thing he could recommend is that we have the players cut their toenails real short. Robinson said that the traction in the Kingdome is so good that sudden stops caused his players' feet to slide in their shoes and those with long toenails suffered cuts and bruises."
In case you think the evangelists preaching physical fitness at you everywhere you turn these days are a modern phenomenon, we call your attention to an editorial written by Lucius C. Bryan, editor of the Southern Enterprise of Thomasville, Ga., for the issue of June 13, 1860: "Why don't you take exercise? You, we are speaking to you—you emaciated, energyless, lifeless, shrinking, imperfect specimen of humanity. Why do you sit all day motionless in your seat, or lounge upon a sofa, looking and acting as if born for somebody else to support? Do you mean to be all your life a sickly, senseless automaton...?
"You get up in the morning wrong end foremost, and, with wretched impatience, mutter and growl all day long. Your very friends have forsaken you, and so they ought; for who could be a friend to so unmanly a creature, with not one solitary redeeming quality? Out upon such illness, indolence and imbecility! Go into the field and take the plowhandles or the hoe, or if you have none, go out into the street or the woods—anywhere rather than miss—and run, jump, turn summersets, haloo! at the top of your voice, until out of breath.
"Suppose you do come off now and then minus a coat-tail, bottomless, and caved-in beaver, are not these preferable to your sickening, contemptible, everlasting complaints? Go, then, give health and vigor to those injured bones and muscles, and store that empty cranium with useful knowledge."
William W. Rogers, professor of history at Florida State, who came across this exhortation, notes that Editor Bryan closed down his paper a year later to join the Confederate army. "His combat record," says Rogers, "indicates that he was in good shape for fighting Yankees."