In 1968 the Spectrum in Philadelphia had to have a portion of its roof replaced after it blew off, and last winter the roof of the Hartford Civic Center fell in (SI, Jan. 30, 1978). All three roofs were of a design described as "free-standing," meaning not supported by walls.
The Kings will move back into their original Kansas City home, Municipal Auditorium, until the Kemper Arena roof is fixed, which should be sometime this fall. But as Dave Busch, the Kings' public relations man, says, "The problem is not so much where we'll play now, but who will be involved in what suits. It's a pretty good bet that these free-standing roofs may have a structural flaw."
FIT FOR A POPE (CONT'D)
Ever since a conclave of Cardinals elected him Pope after the sudden death of his predecessor, John Paul II has impressed the world with his vigor. Not only does the fitness-minded Pontiff do push-ups (SCORECARD, June 11), but he also likes to ski, hike and canoe for exercise. But, obviously, it's difficult for him to find the time and the privacy to indulge his athletic bent nowadays.
The remedy, he has decided, is swimming, not his favorite sport but one he is good at, and he is having a 25-meter pool built at his summer residence, Castelgandolfo, in the Alban hills outside Rome. The proposed pool did cause a mild stir among economy-minded Vatican officials. Indeed, one French visitor, learning of the project, was prompted to remark, "A swimming pool might be pretty expensive, Your Holiness." "It will be less expensive than another conclave," said the Pope.
When the softball fans at Sun City ( Ariz.) Stadium holler, "Bring on the pompon girls," they're asking for 64-year-old Foofie Harlan and Leslie's Pompon Squad, a group of 55-to-77-year-old women who perform at Sun City Saints' women's fast-pitch games.
Corinne Leslie, 77, started the group when she found there were so many energetic women in her disco dance class. After overcoming the skepticism that greeted its April debut at a Saints' game, LPS has also been playing to standing ovations at local high schools and nursing homes.
The pep squad dances—Rockette style—to disco music, performers swishing yellow-and-orange pompons and wiggling their hips. Choreographer Leslie and Jerri Parker, 66, stand on their heads as part of the show, but it is Foofie who has emerged as the stellar attraction. Her routine includes cartwheels, handsprings and splits that leave onlookers gasping. When her daughter, Mrs. Jackie Castruita, watched her mother perform, she was circumspect, saying only, "I feel like I'm my mother's mother."