The 10-month-old baby is a natural showman and something of a ham. At the least sign of an appreciative audience he will happily embark on an ad-libbed routine of crawling, climbing, rolling, pushing, pulling, dropping things or picking them up in a bid for applause. But, like all hams, a baby needs wise direction if his act is to merit acclaim. With disciplined guidance, his clownish attempts can be developed into such circuslike feats as rope hangs, handstands, wheelbarrows, chinups and even "tightrope" walking on a beam, as René Pouteau is nonchalantly doing here. Far from being mere tricks, however, these exercises, like those which preceded them (SI, May 2, et seq.), provide a valuable means of expression for the baby's growing aspirations and help him gain the physical dexterity he will need for a properly active childhood.
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March 20, 1961
The major races through April 8
The third fight between Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson had four knockdowns and a disputed count (left, as Referee Billy Regan signaled the end over a dazed but rising Ingemar). Though it was not sophisticated theater, it had as much suspense as an Agatha Christie thriller.
...play a man's game
Two men in a tub