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Marine World President Mike Demetrios said, "What we need is a pro basketball player with a long reach. Too bad the Warriors are out of town."
Up spoke Mary O'Herron, his PR director and a Warrior fan, " Clifford Ray's home with a bad leg."
Ray was found and agreed to give it a try. He has a 45-inch reach, but the attendants were concerned he wouldn't be able to get his 16-inch biceps down Mr. Spock's throat. Ray's arm was lubricated, he was told to "just go with the flow," and he reached deep down inside. He could keep his arm inside the dolphin for only three minutes, lest Mr. Spock stop breathing. With 30 seconds to go on the clock, Ray found the bolt and shouted, "Got it!" With five seconds to spare, he withdrew the bolt. Call it Androcles and the Dolphin.
ARE YOU LISTENING OUT THERE?
The Atlanta Radio Club is organizing more than 5,000 ham operators in the area and one million throughout the world to extend an invitation to a spaceship from another planet to land in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium just before the Braves' home opener. For three weeks leading up to the April 7 night game against the Dodgers, ham operators are being asked to broadcast the following message:
"Living beings who travel throughout the universe from planets other than earth are invited to make a peaceful landing on earth at 1920 hours Eastern Standard Time on April 7, 1978. The location for this landing should be Atlanta, Georgia of the United States of America, at the Atlanta Stadium, latitude 85� 25 minutes west, longitude 33� 44 minutes north."
The pregame ceremonies will be stopped at 7:20 p.m. to await the landing. Carl Nichols, a spokesman for the Atlanta Radio Club, says, "If there are any intelligent beings traveling through outer space, there should be no way they won't pick up the message." A vice-president of the Braves, whose name is Bob Hope, says, "I honestly don't think a spaceship will land. But if one does, it will certainly be one of the biggest events in the history of baseball."
Richard Perry, athletic director at the University of Southern California, intends to "go to war" against the U.S. Volleyball Association. He made that decision last week when seven of the eight players on USC's national championship women's volleyball team dropped out of school. They want to be in the 1980 Olympics, and the USVBA, which wants a competitive team, decided that anyone who hopes to play in Moscow has to start year-round training in Colorado Springs March 1. The USC coach, Chuck Erbe, also left to become an assistant coach of the Olympic team, but it's the departure of the students that really disturbs Perry. He says, "They'll take these kids out of universities and use them up for three or six or eight years, then leave them without any alternatives. That's not right."
Perry has no doubt that the USVBA training program will be successful. "The team will be better in 1980 than it would have been. Then after 1980, maybe men's volleyball will do the same thing. And our water-polo team will say, 'We haven't beaten Poland in 100 years. Let's take all the kids out of school and concentrate on water polo.' Gymnastics could say the same thing. And we'll end up emulating the East German or Polish model.