Senator Proxmire might also be interested in certain expenditures related to the football rivalry between the Air Force Academy and Army. The two will play Saturday night at West Point, and according to sources who live in the vicinity. Air Force jet fighters and other craft traditionally buzz the hell out of Army the day before the annual showdown between those academies. One informant, whose house is on a hill overlooking West Point and the Hudson River, says he was once startled to look down on a huge bomber as it came roaring up the river straight at West Point. SI's Denver correspondent, Frank Haraway, queried the Air Force Academy about the buzzings and who paid for them, and after three days of don't-call-us-we'll-call-you sparring, he was treated to a verbal excursion into the wild blue yonder by Captain Doug Draper, the Air Force Academy's chief of community affairs.
"It's hard for me to believe Air Force planes have been seen and heard buzzing the Army campus on the week of the Air Force-Army game," Captain Draper said. "It's hard to believe that there would be Air Force airplanes. If there are some planes flying low over the West Point Academy they're either private pilots or somebody that's risking something like that. The Air Force doesn't look very lightly on people pulling practical jokes or pranks in expensive jet aircraft. It would be a very expensive mission. I don't know who would pay for it. Private pilots, or somebody like that? I don't know who'd do such a thing."
How many private pilots own bombers or jet fighters?
HUSTLING A NEW CUE
The pool player in the photograph is Glenn Reynolds, 40, a meat department manager in a Middletown, Ohio supermarket who has been racking 'em up "just for fun" since the age of 12. His cue, you'll observe, is just a mite unconventional. Reynolds calls it the Shot-Gun Cue, and he got the idea for it after shooting with an arthritic friend whose hand kept slipping down the shaft of his cue because he had trouble keeping his fingers together. Reynolds developed the bifurcated grip and was happy to discover that it improved his own control, too. Now all Reynolds needs to do is come up with somebody willing to put the prototype into production. A spokesman for Dufferin, Inc. of Skokie, Ill., one of the world's largest manufacturers of pool cues, said, "If there's a demand for it, we'll produce it." A spokesman for the Billiard Congress of America says that there are no rules governing the size or shape of cues, so the Shot-Gun is perfectly legal.