Dec. 26, 1960
Dec. 26, 1960

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Dec. 26, 1960

Four In The News
The Bowls
  • A rich table featuring the best of college football is set for January 2. But the nation's televiewers will have a problem: which game to tune in on?

  • Washington, the best of the West, meets the head-on power of the nation's top team, Minnesota. The runs will be tricky, the passes fancy, but defense will win this game. CBS-TV, 4:45 p.m., E.S.T.

  • There will be plenty of hooting and hollering at New Orleans when Rice's conservative Owls match their solid ball-control game against the bright attack of Ole Miss's Rebels. NBC-TV, 1:45 p.m., E.S.T.

  • At Miami all eyes will be on a squirmy little fellow named Joe Bellino, who will lead a spirited Navy team against the powerful, tough-defending Tigers from Missouri. CBS-TV, 12:45 p.m., E.S.T.

  • Duke's sharp passing and superior running will be matched against an adamant Arkansas defense that allowed an average of less than six points a game during the regular season. CBS-TV, 3:30 p.m., E.S.T.


On wings of time

Air Commodore Harold Melsome Probyn (C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O.) first learned to fly a plane in 1915 (he holds that flying hasn't been as much fun since the invention of the parachute). Now retired and living in Kenya, Probyn was nettled recently when the licensing authorities decided that at 69 he had become too old to fly. Muttering "balderdash" and "poppycock," he took the engine from his wife's Volkswagen, mounted it on a homemade glider (see above) and soon was put-putting through African skies. Predictably, the authorities capitulated. "Seeing that it lands slower than 45 mph and weighs less than 1,000 pounds," he says crisply.

This is an article from the Dec. 26, 1960 issue Original Layout

Air Commodore Probyn's powered gliding is the most recent chapter in a personal history that pretty well spans that of aviation itself. His airborne military service alone covers two world wars. In peacetime Probyn has flown with his wife over most of the globe—including a 1935 trip around Africa in a $1,200 Miles Hawk. Though he is no man to bow to age, this timeless aviator admits that advancing years did force his retirement from the RAF at the end of World War II. "I had to get out," says the irrepressible air commodore. "I was holding up everybody's promotion."