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Several score Boy Scouts, whose assigned task was to keep the crowd of 57,732 off the field, fled before the onrush of fans. Iowa's 110-piece marching band paraded riotously; fireworks exploded, and in Elvis Presley-fan fashion an Iowa coed screamed to a duty-bent policeman:
"Let me touch Kenny!" This, of course, would be Kenny Ploen, a grimy-faced senior from Clinton, Iowa who threw the winning pass.
Then, while hundreds of fans chanted the Song of the Volga Boatmen, sturdy sons of Iowa tugged on cables thrown over the crossbars and heaved and strained until they had dismantled the goalposts, which were of steel set in concrete.
With a burst of imagination, one student hurried to the Rock Island Railroad station and asked how much to rent a boxcar to Pasadena. More or less seriously, he was quoted a price of $1,000, with room for 30 persons on a bring-your-own-blanket basis.
That night, at a victory celebration in the Iowa Memorial Union, Harvey Davis, university provost, solemnly advised 2,000 cheering students that there would be two additional days of Christmas vacation this year.
"An excellent victory deserves one day," he said in measured academic voice, "and an extraordinary one deserves two."
VERDICT IN WINNIPEG
"You may have missed it because U.S. newspapers (even those in his old home town of Chicago) seem to have overlooked the story, but Leo Schaeffer, proprietor of the oldest established permanent floating football pool in North America, and four of his associates pleaded guilty last week to a charge (SI, Nov. 12) of running a betting house in Winnipeg.
Altogether it was an embarrassing experience for a man of Leo's reputation. The sentence was 10 months in jail or a $10,000 fine for each of the five men—and among them they had only $30,000 with them. Most of this, moreover, was in U.S. currency, so they had to ante up an additional $500 to make up the exchange difference which currently favors the Canadian over the American dollar.
The Winnipeg magistrate had the last word. "This gambling was on a very large scale," he said. "It's something that has to be discouraged."