Some cyclists believe much more can be done, like the 500 who have paid $10 in dues to join Bicycle Commuters of New York. That group calls for the total banning of automobiles from at least one major Manhattan avenue as well as from Central Park, where cars are now prohibited only on Sundays and during certain other non-rush-hour periods. It also agitates for cyclists' rights in a newsletter (one recent headline: BUS DRIVERS CAN BE REAL BASTARDS, CAN'T THEY?) and by staging demonstrations. To publicize the view that cars should be outlawed in Central Park, its members have taken to doing something that, in the short run, anyway, won't ease the energy shortage at all. They've been holding weekly "ride-ins" in the park, tying up automobile traffic for blocks.
Baskin-Robbins has contracted to supply ice cream to U.S. Olympic team members at their various training camps, and it wants its involvement known. Since closing the deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the California-based firm has introduced such "flavors of the month" as Decatholemon and Gold Medal Ribbon (a mixture of chocolate and vanilla laced with caramel) and, this month's flavor, Jogger's Jamoca. Yet to come are confections called Skating Pears, Downhill Rum and Marathon Mint. The adventurous might want to tackle a sundae consisting of five scoops of ice cream, three toppings, two chocolate cookies and cream. Just ask for the Mt. Olympus.
Readers of The Des Moines Tribune might be wondering how the paper got out the extra edition it published when Pope John Paul II visited Iowa. After all, no vehicles were allowed anywhere near the area where the Pope and 350,000 spectators congregated, yet the special edition, with photos, began rolling off the press barely an hour after the papal appearance had ended. The Tribune's secret: 10 members of the suburban Ankeny High School cross-country team took turns running film, 241 rolls in all, from photographers at the site to a waiting helicopter two miles distant.
THE $16 MILLION QUESTION
Last October, Congress authorized $16 million for a reorganized U.S. Olympic effort that everybody hoped would eliminate the strife that had long afflicted amateur athletics in this country. Since then, something strange has happened. The $16 million was omitted from the Carter Administration's budget, and a subsequent attempt in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to amend the budget to include that sum got nowhere. Subcommittee members said that they thought the subject of federal financing of Olympic programs merited closer scrutiny than it had received.
One reason they may have felt that way is that, far from disappearing, bickering has flared anew between the United States Olympic Committee, which was to administer the $16 million, and the NCAA, which is using its considerable clout in Washington to lobby against appropriation of the money. After six years of boycotting the USOC, the NCAA last year rejoined that organization and withdrew its opposition to federal Olympic financing. But now it has reversed itself in a dispute with the USOC over the question of which of two rival federations should be the ruling body in U.S. amateur wrestling.
The U.S. Wrestling Federation, which the NCAA supports, was recognized in binding arbitration last year as the national governing body for the sport in place of the Amateur Athletic Union. But FILA, the international wrestling federation, continues to recognize the AAU, and the USOC so far has refused to sanction the U.S. Wrestling Federation. The dispute has been taken to court but remains unresolved.
The NCAA is understandably upset. The U.S. Wrestling Federation won in arbitration by demonstrating it could do a better job of running the sport than the AAU had done. The USOC can certainly use the $16 million and it hopes the Administration will see fit to allocate the funds in its supplemental budget in January. But the USOC should, in turn, be accountable for its actions. Its refusal to recognize the U.S. Wrestling Federation is undermining an arbitration process that had been set up to assure just such accountability.
SWIFT & BRAVE
Credit one of South Africa's most prominent white athletes with having courageously stood up to apartheid. Johnny Halberstadt, the country's cross-country champion, was outraged when the South African government refused to allow a standout black runner, Matthews Motshwarateu, to travel abroad to accept a track scholarship in the U.S. In protest, Halberstadt refused to accept his Springbok blazer, the most coveted honor that is bestowed on South African amateur athletes. "My conscience would not be easy if I accepted it," he said.