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As the day of the big game approached, the city's long-established social structure collapsed into just two groups—those with game tickets (roughly 50,000) and those without (roughly 900,000). The Withs included four men who waited in line 56 chilly hours to get first chance at the few (6,000) general admission tickets put on sale.
The Withouts faced even worse ordeals. Their basic difficulty was finding a television set which could pick up Channel 4 from Washington or Channel 8 from Lancaster, Pa., the nearest cities allowed to telecast the game.
Some Baltimore sets with outside aerials could get these stations, and rooftop antenna sales soared. Indoor antenna owners, meanwhile, were trying a recommended practice of putting their sets in windows with southern exposures, clipping six-inch squares of aluminum foil to the rabbit ear tips and hoping.
Others were renting motel rooms in the Washington TV range, helped by the American Automobile Association, which published a special brochure listing all motels with TV in each room within the reception area.
The Baltimore City Council, its own members pinched in the ticket squeeze, listened to a resolution to have the stadium enlarged by 1961, and the Maryland Board of Public Works, the highest executive agency in the state, formally called the playoff game "one of the most important events that has ever taken place in the United States."
"The booboisie has prevailed," H. L. Mencken might have said if he'd seen Baltimore last week, but then he had no way of knowing that the Colts were the most exciting thing to happen to Baltimore since—well, since H. L. Mencken.
I Erh San Ssu
It's been a year or so now since Red China launched its private Communist offensive against the capitalist paunch, and a recent visitor to Peking passes on this account of how the battle is going in a local textile mill:
Each afternoon at 2 the employees are summoned into a courtyard. A loudspeaker chants "I-erh-san-ssu...I-erh-san-ssu," for one-two-three-four, and the People's fingers dutifully stretch to touch the People's toes. Office workers interrupt business conferences to follow the chant, and bosses and secretaries do their knee bends in mid-dictation.
To add spice to the calisthenics, competitive sports as well are being fostered in shops all over the nation, and hardly a week passes that some factory worker doesn't achieve a new sports record. Recently Radio Peking proudly proclaimed: "Model airplane makers Chao Chia-chan and Wang Yung-hsi flew their radio-operated airplane to an altitude of 1,260 meters." This naturally set a new world record for toy planes.