Dec. 24, 1962
Dec. 24, 1962

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Dec. 24, 1962

Point Of Fact
  • When a U-boat sank the 'Lusitania' in 1915 the Allies denounced Germany for the murder of an unarmed vessel. But the question still persists: Was she truly defenseless? An American explorer, John Light, has tried to find out. Recently Kenneth MacLeish, son of Poet-Playwright Archibald MacLeish and an accomplished scuba diver, went down to search the wreck with Light. Here is him report

Persian Hunt
  • There are a few grown-ups around who remember living a not-so-organized childhood—one in which they were in charge of a good deal of their time. There is little evidence that the boys (or girls) suffered thereby. On the contrary, what they did with their time and a few old boards and wheels was, as the concoctions here show, often pure genius and always fun. It still can be

College Football
Pro Football
Frank Merriwell
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over


Heirs to the great tradition of venture are the innumerable citizens who attempt to master the sports of hazard. Some are athletes, some may be "soft Americans" (physically), but all of them are nonconformists who give dramatic expression to the zest for living that flows down from our history

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Salesman William McBeth rides a wave off the Jersey coast" "Every wave is different," he says, summing up the credo of the adventurers

Eleanor Vadala, a Philadelphia chemist, began ballooning when some friends asked her to come along for a ride. This fall she soloed (above). After an hour and 20 minutes in the air she landed expertly in Haverford, Pa.

Colorado Insurance Agent Edmund Pacheco has been scaling such dizzy escarpments as the headwall of Longs Peak (right) for nearly 30 years. He says he can't remember anything unusual ever happening on a climb

When he isn't working at Bendix as a designer, Robert B. Count (left, at 2,000 feet in a 1-26 sailplane) is an imperturbable glider pilot. He began soaring three yeans ago, now sails the air on almost every weekend of good weather at Elmira, N.Y.

With veteran canoeist Bob Harrigan guiding the plunging craft, bowman Tony Oldham gets a rugged baptism during his first white-water run—which, despite appearances, was successful—through the Little Falls of the Potomac River

Lindsey Parsons, a Trenton, N.J. stockbroker, began acrobatic flying three years ago. In the world championships in Budapest last July he placed fifth among pilots of nine countries

An engineer with the TVA, Leonard Munson, 47, has been exploring caves as a hobby for a decade. At left, he appears in his favorite locale, the depths of Cumberland Caverns

George McGulloch, 57, Commissioner of Urban Improvement for Syracuse (see cover), improves his morale by sky-diving: "A great relief from the pressures of my job," he said happily, before plummeting out of the door