TALE OF TWO TUBS
Had he gone to Moscow to visit with Premier Khrushchev in 1960, President Eisenhower would have presented Khrushchev with a new jet-propelled boat, complete with a plaque inscribed "To Nikita Khrushchev from Dwight D. Eisenhower." The boat got to Moscow all right but, because of the U-2 incident, the President did not. Nikita blew his top, and the Russians wouldn't even let U.S. embassy personnel use the boat for their own pleasure. It was shipped back to its Indianapolis manufacturer.
At about that time Emperor Haile Selassie gave permission for establishment of missions in Ethiopia's remote interior, in a region that can be reached only by boat, 800 miles up the Gila River where, in the dry season, the river is only inches deep and a very shallow-draft vessel is needed. To the Rev. R. Byron Crozier, a former Marine paratrooper now in the Presbyterian ministry at West Allis, Wis., there was a simple solution. His congregation raised the $5,000 necessary to buy the boat that once was intended for Khrushchev's pleasure. It is now at work in the Ethiopian missions.
This was not the Rev. Crozier's first experience with problems involving presidents and boats. Serving as pharmacist's mate with a Marine battalion on Choiseul in the Solomon Islands, he and two other men went out on a landing craft to rescue a company that had been cut off. They picked up the lost men, but a coral reef ripped open the bottom of their landing craft. A PT boat came alongside and took the rescuers aboard.
The PT skipper: John F. Kennedy.
THE INSIDE TRACK
?Despite Big Four edicts, and excitement following last year's basketball scandals in North Carolina colleges and the resultant regulations limiting teams to 16 games, the heat is oil'. North Carolina State has scheduled 19 games for the 1962-63 season and the banned "Dixie Classic" is expected to return within another season.
?The Montreal Alouettes signed Sandy Stephens by promising him he could play quarterback, then were disappointed in his passing. But, since he is a good runner, the Alouettes kept their word by putting both Stephens and Sam Francis under center, then ordering Stephens to step back a few feet halfway through the cadence count, which makes him a fullback.
?Latest cuts and trades leave the Minnesota Vikings with only seven of the 36 players they originally acquired by draft from other NFL clubs for the 1961 season. For these 36, supposed to form the hard core of the club, the Vikings paid $600,000.