Supporters of the bill, caught off guard by the vote, scurried around through the early morning hours and managed to get $16 million written into something called a "continuing resolution for funding," a last-minute catchall into which are thrown bills amended too late in a session to be rewritten. Because the continuing resolution contains many key pieces of funding, including the public-works bill (see above), it was passed by a voice vote of the House and will undoubtedly soon be signed by the President.
Judging by the morning-after jubilance of the bill's backers in the face of losing almost half the money they said they needed, half a loaf is clearly not only better than none, it will do nicely.
TO EACH HIS OWN
The Governor's Cup, the trophy awarded in the Wilmington (Del.) Harbor Fall Racing Series for Laser-class sailors, was won by Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV, the governor.
The Nieman-Marcus Christmas catalog, that annual compendium of glorious excess, has arrived. On page one, billed as "the greatest finale to a dinner party ever conceived," is an entirely edible Monopoly game. The board, the tokens and the property cards are dark chocolate. Everything else is either milk chocolate, butter cream or butterscotch. If the whole idea makes you feel slightly ill, wait till you hear the price—$600.
Since the NCAA cut the number of football scholarships that colleges can offer, things have been tough all over. But when a school in the football-crazed Southeast Conference has to recruit by handbill...well, the mind boggles. Yet posted around the Auburn campus alongside the usual announcements of car washes and rock concerts were handouts headlined SO YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY BIG-TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL.
"Here's your chance," the message read. "Coach Doug Barfield is actively soliciting your support in making a contribution to Auburn football...an open invitation has been extended to eligible members of the Auburn student body who are interested in playing college football on both the varsity and junior varsity level.
"If you're interested, contact Coach Joe Connally or Coach Jim Hilyer at the Athletic Department in Memorial Coliseum. The phone number is...etc."
The return of the scholar-athlete may be at hand.