The Question: Last summer President Eisenhower appointed a council on youth fitness. Since then, has anything in your area been done about this? (Asked at the recent American Newspaper Publishers Association convention)

June 30, 1957

STERLING E. GRAHAM
Cleveland
President
Plain Dealer
No. Not a thing. I can't even recall Shane MacCarthy, the roving ambassador for this council, coming to Cleveland. However, I don't think our area needs any particular stress on sports and outdoor living. We have a well-rounded sports program for our school children.

WILLIAM W. KNIGHT
Portland, Ore.
President and publisher
Oregon Journal
Not that I know of. However, the kids today are doing much better in athletics than we did. Sure, there's a delinquency problem, but it only takes a dozen kids to raise hell. I don't want to discourage this council, but I don't go for the theory that our kids are soft.

TOM SHEARMAN
Lake Charles, La.
Publisher
American Press
No, but there is a tremendous interest in track down South. I don't know what has caused it other than Bobby Morrow. Our football teams are better, generally, and interest is very high. But none of this is due to the work of the President's council on physical fitness.

JOHN H. COSTELLO
Lowell, Mass.
President and publisher
Lowell Sun
Nothing that can be attributed to this council. In Lowell we are doing the job ourselves. It was going on before the national publicity, and it's getting better. The work of the President's council has had no impact so far, but it's a great idea and needed in many sections.

CLYDE E. (RED) MOFFITT
Ft. Collins, Colo.
Publisher
Coloradoan
No, but it isn't needed in our section. In Colorado, we have the smallest percentage of physical rejections in the U.S. People live outdoors and their recreation has to be hunting, fishing, hiking and skating, in addition to the formal sports in our schools and colleges.

HENRY A. SATTERWHITE
Bradford, Pa.
Publisher
Bradford Era
Nothing as a direct result of the Washington get-together. However, we have a lot of sports activity in our area, including hunting and archery and a sportsmanship club with 2,000 members. There are areas in the country that need stimulation of sports, but not ours.

JOHN W. BLOOMER
Portsmouth, Va.
Former publisher
Portsmouth Times
Nothing. I attribute it, basically, to the lack of primary interest as far as the Administration is concerned. I think Ike is sincere, but basic things start at the bottom and go up, never from the top down. We must start on an elementary level and interest the students.

RALPH W. (DUKE) MILLARD
Fresno, Calif.
Business manager
Fresno Bee
My 14-year-old son was already working on weights two years ago. He has turned our garage into a gym where he and six kids work out three nights a week. The equipment was paid for by money they earned. I think there could be a project like this in every block.

HUGH WAGNON
Pocatello, Idaho
Publisher
Idaho State Journal
No, but we do have a playground program of our own. Of course, the President's council had no appropriation, only influence, but this influence hasn't been exercised. I'm not sure an appropriation would help. I think children around 15 and 16 need jobs in addition to play.

J. L. STACKHOUSE
Easton, Pa.
President and publisher
Express
I have heard the poor condition of our youth lamented at scores of conferences and remedies suggested, but the only action I've seen is at two small colleges which expanded their programs to include lacrosse, wrestling and track. The programs in area high schools remain unaltered.

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