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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19,1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1967 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

------.the kitchen cynic.------
RICK STERN

Elm Disease Alters Golf Course

Missing the Mark
With LdxciBaines
Nothing is so disheartening as to lose a Piotential love to a rival.
Lynda Bird is engaged. My last hope to marry one of the Johnson
sisters is down the drain. And I won't even get an invitation to the
wedding.
I suppose I'll have to settle for Elizabeth Taylor.
Seriously though, the idea of the "Kitchen Cynic" marrying a
member of the First Family is only about two-thirds as absurd as
it sounds. And there is a sombre note that goes along with the aston-
ishing, ridiculous but true story of the "near miss."
LBJ came to Chicago in June of 1965 to speak at a $100.00 a
plate dinner at the late McCormick Place. My grandfather, a
Chicago architect, purchased two tickets to the affair (all
Chicagoans in the construction business purchase tickets to Dem-
ocratic fund raising affairs if they want to get jobs in the city).
I went along with him to the dinner.
Beforehand there was a reception which the President did not
attend. I grew tired of the reception and decided to walk outside and
see if I could witness the arrival of the Presidential party. I went out
a side door and saw about a block down a large mass of people waiting
at the McCormick place entrance. Just as I started to walk toward
them a big black limousine came barreling up to the door at which
I was standing.
Much to my surprise, out popped the "Bird" himself accompanied
by such esteemed personages asDick Daley and Paul Douglas, and
Lucy Baines.
About four secret agents preceded the group as they walked into
the building, not five feet from where I stood. "What the hec," I said
and decided to join the entourage. This was facilitated by ten or
more policemen who had suddenly formed a sort of cordon between
the limousine and the door.
Since I had just come out the door I was inside this makeshift
cordon. The police saluted as the "Chief" walked by. I nodded my
head to acknowledge the salute and they must have thought I was
someone because no one even questioned me as I walked in about
two yards behind the President, and almost directly next to Luci.
We walked about 100 yards down this long hall to the room that
the President was holding a private reception in. All along the way
police and ushers were at attention, saluting. This was great for my
ego. Sometimes I waved, sometimes I saluted back, once or twice I even
winked.
In the mean time I was tempted to ask Luci out for that night.
I couldn't really think of a way to introduce myself, however, and I
would have been hard out to explain how I had gotten into the Pres-
idential party. She smiled at, me though, and didn't question my
presence next to her. For her, it was to be a fateful day. That very
night she went to a party in Waukegan, Illinois, and met Pat (Bird-
In-law) Nugent.
1 As we approached the end of the hall I decided to make my move
on LBJ instead. I moved up to maybe a foot behind him. "Mr Presi-
dent," I said "May I shake your hand." "The Man" started to turn
around but as he did an agent came up and sort of shoved me back.
He didnt pull me away or even question what I was doing in the
presidential party. He just pushed me back a step or two.
Senator Douglas heard my request and, turning around, ex-
tended his hand saying "Will mine do." I couldn't very well say no,
so I shook it and mumbled that I had enjoyed hearing him do the
Cub games last week. (Douglas had assisted Chicago TV announcer
Jack Brickhouse in doing Cubs games off and on during the
summer.) He didn't seem impressed.-
The sombre note that I mentioned earlier was, of course, the
mere fact that with 10,000 policemen on duty, and dozens of agents
scattered throughout the building, I had been able to walk practically
next to President Johson for over 100 yards without even having tried.
Had I been a deranged assassin, it wouldn't have even been close.
Back to the adventure: We arrived at the end of the hall and
entered the reception room, where Chicago's Aldermen were standing
in a sort of square around the room, with a large cardboard name
card on the floor in front of each of them. Unfortunately they hadn't
been kind enough to make a name card for me, and I had no place
to stand but smack in the middle of the room
Finally an agent approched me. From pictures, I recognized
him as Rufus Youngblood, the one who was made famous by
jumping onto Mrs. Kennedy's car after the assassination, "Who
are you," he asked "Nobody," I replied truthfully. He beckoned
to a fellow agent and together they put me in some sort of an arm
carry and lifted me out of the room. They didn't question me or
give me any sort of trouble. Just took me out of the room.
Spurned by me, Luci waited only a couple of hours before making
a second choice.
LUNCH-DISCUSSION
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 12:00 Noon
U.M. International Center
SUBJECT:
"THE DETROIT RIOT AND THE

WHITE COMMUNITY"
Speaker: MRS. AMBER VAN BURNHAM
Past Director-Protestant Foundation for International Students
Currently with the Downtown Churches Action Mission of Detroit
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By HARRY ENGLEHART
Making the University Golf
Course safer for the everyday
golfer and at the same time mak-
ing that golf course more chal-
lenging for tournament play is
the task facing Michigan golf
Coach Bert Katzenmeyer and his
assistants.
It started about seven years ago
when the elm trees of Michigan
contracted the fatal Dutch Elm
disease. At that time, some 250
elm trees graced the Michigan
course. Today, only about 50 re-
main..
"We lost 83 elms this past sum-
mer," said Katzenmeyer, "and in
the past three or four years we
have lost approximately 175. We
will lose all of them eventually.
So, in anticipation of this loss,
we began a reforestation project
which is continuing at this mo-
ment."
Trees Relocated
This project includes the plant-1
ing of new trees as well as relo-
cating trees which are already on
the golf course.;
"Our primary concern," says
Katzenmeyer, "is not to increase1
the degree of difficulty of the
course. The main reason for thea
transplants this past summer is
for the protection of the manya
golfers who play the Michigan
course."
So, in spite of what the aver-
age golfer may think, the trees
were not moved to harass the'
linksman.
A great deal of thought and
reasoning went into the placement
of the trees. Naturally, the new
placements will in some way af-
fect the playing of the course
strategy-wise. But here again,
Katzenmeyer emphasized thatthe
placements were "'strategic from
Yanks Keep
Amuerica Cup
By The Associated Press
NEWPORT, R.I. - The sleek,
white-hulled Intrepid, the United
States' defender skippered by
crafty Bus Mosbacher, swept
through the fog of Rhode Island
Sound yesterday and completed a
4-0 drubbing of Australian chal-
lenger Dame Pattie in the Amer-
ica's Cup yachting series.
Intrepid, designed by Olin Ste-
phens, won thetweather-plagued
fourth race in the best-of-7-ser-
ies for yachting's most prized pos-
session by a margin of about one-
half mile.
It was no contest - either in
this race of the entire series. The
hopes of helmsman Jock Stur-
rock and his Australian crew were
crushed in the first race last
Tuseday - Intrepid won by 5:58,
or about a mile - and they simply
never recovered.

behind the fourth green, however,
was not nearly as extensive and
the elimination of the plainness
was more difficult. After a great
deal of thought, Katzenmeyer de-
cided to plant two large pines at
either side of the front corners of
the green, thus achieving the same
effect.
New Green
Katzenmeyer, with a gleam of
pride in his eye, also talked of the
new green being built for the tenth
hole.
"That green has always been
one of the weakest on the course
simply because it had the high-
est concentration of putting sur-
face."
So, in an effort to diminish any
possibility of having a "weak"
putting surface, crews worked this
summer resodding, recontouring,
and enlarging the green. The
traps to the left and right of the
green will be restyled so that they
can be brought into play more
often with regard to a greater
number of pin placements. It is
hoped that the green will be com-
pleted by May, 1968. There is a
temporary green in use now.
It would -be foolish to say that
the changes that have been made
over the past few years have not
done a great deal to enable the
golfer to enjoy a true test of golf.
"We have filled in many weak-
nesses," Coach Katzenmeyer said,
"and they are definitely an ad-
junct to a great golf course. This
course was designed by one of

the greatest golf course architects
the world has ever known, Dr. Al-
liester McKinsey (designer of the
home of the Masters' tournament,
Augusta National), and each of
Dr. McKinsey's courses has a very
distinctive quality. We just want
to maintain that distinctiveness."
Asked if he thought Michigan's
course was the toughest in the
Big Ten, Katzenmeyer promptly
answered:
"Definitely. As a matter of
fact, I think it is the toughest col-
legiate golf course in the coun-
try."
'M' Club Holds
First Meeting
The "M" Club will hold its
first meeting tomorrow night at
8 p.m. on the third floor of the
Michigan Union, and will feature
J. Fred Lawton, author of the
"Victors," doing his impersona-
tions of Fielding H. Yost. Other
items on the program include a
tribute to "Doc" Losh, and the
selection of "Big Ten Sweet-
hearts."
The "M" Club meets once a
month and is open to varsity let-
ter winners, athletic managers and
coaches. This year's officers are
Elmo Morales, president; Jim Ke-
ough, vice-president; Rick Hunt,
secretary, and Harold Herman,
treasurer.

BERT KATZENMEYER
the standpoint of safety, not de-
gree of difficulty."
The loss of the elms also had
affected the scenic value of the
course. For instance, the por-
tions of ground behind the fourth
and seventh greens were left bar-
ren. Also the raising of the Main
St. Extension behind each green
meant that a great deal of plain-
ness was injected into the lay-
out of the holes.
The problem was easily alleviat-
ed on No. 7, for there was enough
room behind the green to plant
a number of large pines. The area

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