Like go chase yourself?
"Yeah, that could happen too. Also, once, somebody left the windows open and when we tried RAMAC, it was frozen up. I guess you could say it caught cold."
One human frailty the machine does not possess, however, is the faculty for error. Once told, it never, never makes a mistake.
"Well," said Funkhouser, "the machine can make a mistake. After all it's a machine. But I'd say it's extremely unlikely."
'Some Day,' California
After what Victor Denny, president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, termed "the most exhaustive study of the situation ever made," the USLTA administrative committee picked the same old location for the Davis Cup Challenge Round in August: the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. A couple of other sites, Denny said, were seriously considered, including the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. and the cozy little (28,000 seats) football stadium at Boston College, which has no running track and therefore brings the crowd closer than usual to the players.
But though there are grand good reasons for staging the Davis Cup defense in California (SI, March 30), the USLTA cautiously chose not to do so. The most encouraging news is that the administrative committee struggled bravely to get out of its rut before settling comfortably back into it for a while longer. Forest Hills, said Denny, was in the end the unanimous choice of the committee because 1) holding the challenge round there would cost about half as much ($40,000) as holding it in the Rose Bowl, where grass courts and special seats would have to be installed and then removed; 2) for television, matches played in the East would fit the time zones better than matches from the West; and 3) Davis Cup Captain Perry Jones, 70, who lives in Los Angeles, could not be asked to take on the responsibility of managing the event itself as well as the U.S. team.
But President Denny acknowledged the strong claims of California, which produces much of the top-grade tennis that is consumed, so to speak, in the East. "Those people," he said—meaning Californians—"are entitled to a major event and some day they'll get it."
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