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February 15, 1960
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February 15, 1960

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Olympic Weather Program

Although rain, better than half a foot of it, was schussing down the slopes of Squaw Valley early this week a "significant snowfall" will filter over the site of the Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 14. The snow will continue, off and on, until Thursday when the Games will open under sparkling, ice-blue skies. Good weather will hold for five more days, but on the 23rd, look out: another "significant snowfall" will sweep the valley.

So, anyway, pronounces Dr. Irving Parkhurst Krick, a private-practice meteorologist who specializes in the long look and the big picture. And if his Olympic predictions miss the mark here and there (he did not foresee this week's rain), little wonder. Dr. Krick made them two years ago.

A garrulous, positive-thinking man of 53, Meteorologist Krick has been gambling on the weather-to-be for 30 years. Because of his methods, however, U.S. Government weathermen consider him all wet. Dr. Krick answers drily that these weathermen, who determine tomorrow's weather from observable forces today, are obsolete. "I base my forecasts on historical precedents," says Krick, and weather, like history, repeats itself. On this basis, Krick has developed an international business of weather forecasting and weather research.

The Olympic Organizing Committee became a Krick customer in January 1958. His predictions, which he donated, were used to schedule the Games, and the committee followed his advice except in one particular. Krick contended then, as he still does, that the first two weeks of March would have better weather "spectatorwise." But, he was bound to admit, some thawing could be expected too, and that wouldn't be so hot skierwise.

The Friendly Persuader

Shopping for a new football coach is something like shopping for a new preacher: the school must decide whether its cause will be better served by the hellfire-and-damnation line or by friendly persuasion toward the good life. To West Coast sportswriters the University of California's responsibility was clear: as a replacement for the mild-mannered Pete Elliott who resigned in December after a sinfully unspectacular season, Cal needed an iron-fisted orator in the pulpit. And the best man for that, the press has been insisting for two months, was ex-Navy coach Eddie Erdelatz—hardbitten, hard-driving and available.

Cal officials listened, they even interviewed Erdelatz, but they did not buy. Pete Elliott's successor, they announced last week, would be Marvin Daniel Levy. The writers, the students and the alumni almost swooned dead away. Not only had Erdelatz been outrageously passed by, but nobody had the foggiest idea who Marvin Daniel Levy was.

Levy, reminiscent of the departed Pete Elliott, is a pleasant man of 34 from Chicago. He is a Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa's Coe College, second in his class of 200. He is an M.A. from Harvard (probably unique among football coaches, he studied U.S. intellectual history under Arthur Schlesinger Jr.). He has coached two winning years at St. Louis' fancy Country Day School, three years at Coe, four years at the University of New Mexico. In 1958, his first year as head coach at UNM, he was named Skyline Conference Coach of the Year. Levy also has a philosophy about football almost as unheard of these days as himself: "The first and foremost reason the game is played," he says, "is for fun."

Says Cal Athletic Director Greg Englehard: "It all adds up to a real fine gentleman who can inspire our students and produce a fine team."

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