They Turn Collars Into Dollars
Catering to filthy rich Fidos is making Bill and Ken Osborne the veritable Tiffany of Towserland.
By Jack E. Kemmerer
A DREAM in which he saw a pet poodle wearing a magnificent, diamond-studded dog collar launched 38-year-old breeder of pedigreed show dogs Bill Osborne and his brother Ken, 25, on a unique money-making venture which has them catering to the upper crust of dogdom.
WILLIS WHITNEY- Scientist Turns Turtler
DR. Willis Whitney, honorary vice-president of the General Electric Co., formerly in charge of research, blames his curiosity for making him one of the nation’s top scientists. That desire to investigate extends also to his leisure moments —which he devotes to turtles.
As a young man, some 50 years ago, Dr. Whitney gave up a teaching career at M. I. T. to plunge into industrial research which was then in swaddling clothes. He and Dr. Steinmetz, of engineering fame, set up a research laboratory for G. E. in a barn. Under Dr. Whitney’s admirable leadership, the lab grew from an infant into today’s giant. Through the years hundreds of first-rate scientists working under his guidance have discovered, improved and perfected inventions ranging from the incandescent lamp to jet engines.
Billiards and Miniature Golf Combined in Table Game
BILLIARDS and miniature golf are combined in a new table game recently introduced. Regular golf balls are used, but billiard cues are used instead of clubs. To enjoy the game the player need not be expert at billiards nor proficient at golf, although the atmosphere of both diversions is present.
The game is planned so that by doubling back over the course nine holes can be played, with a complete change of shots as the bunkers present a different angle on the return. Par for the nine holes is thirty-two shots. If so desired, the tees, bunkers and hazards may be arranged in position on the floor, and the game played with a golf putter instead of a billiard cue, thus affording excellent putting practice.
ANIMALS TAKE SELF-PORTRAITS
I wanted to take photos of animals in the field, leaving the camera setup unattended for hours if necessary. My camera has a flash that uses a solenoid to trip the shutter. The problem was to make a switch that would close a circuit firing the solenoid and then break the circuit so as not to bum up the solenoid and batteries.
“Here Y’Are, Boys! Get Ya Ringtailed Motmots Here!”
by Ronald Banks
LET’S suppose that when you awoke this morning, you had a burning desire to own a reticulated giraffe. Or a greater or lesser hill mynah. Or maybe a black-headed sibia.
How would you go about acquiring one of these items?
Would you organize an expedition, and, with gun and camera, go trailing off into the jungles somewhere in search of your prize? Would you look up one of the Ringling boys, to see if he had any left-over spare parts? Or would you write to your congressman?
Spiders Spun Her Career
By Luis Hochman
Meet a housewife who lives on the cobwebs in her home—and just loves Black Widows.
“COME into my parlor,” said Mrs. Nan Songer to the big spider who sidled up beside her at her home in Yucaipa, Calif.
Because she not only refused to follow in Little Miss Muffet’s hasty footsteps but invited the spider into her home, the insects now are busy repaying Mrs. Songer for her kindness by spinning her the oddest career in the country—cultivating cobwebs, right in her own home. Every day her brood of more than 50 spiders turn out hundreds of feet of fine silken strands that she sells to manufacturers of precision optical instruments.
I kept looking for the sub-title: “Except people who get eaten by them”
ALMOST EVERYBODY LIKES HIPPOS
by Col. Robert Bruce White
In my heart there is a soft spot for hippos. For this reason T have sought them out in the streams and rivers of Mozambique, British East Africa and the Congo—not to shoot them but to observe their fascinating family life.
Early African explorers would have you believe they are vicious roaring monsters. To be sure, there are rogue hippos, but even in their violent moods they are amusing. And ordinarily hippos are peace-loving animals.
RECENTLY, the hardy peasants of the Rhone valley gathered in snow-capped Martigny, Switzerland, to witness an amazing spectacle. To the sound of cheering crowds and martial music, 100 bovine beauties marched through the streets to the local stadium to face their- supreme test. For, with the thaw had come the return of cow fighting—Switzerland’s time-honored sport.
THE angora rabbits owned by Mrs. Paul Venne of Penacook, New Hampshire work for their keep. They provide soft fur which she plucks instead of shears to prevent it from matting. This she spins into yarn and knits into such serviceable items as bonnets, berets, gloves and sweaters. And the bunnies don’t seem to mind a bit.
Deer Hunts Elephants
LITTLE-game hunter on a big scale is I Jack Deer, 55-year-old New York businessman. He has a collection of over 1,400 miniature elephants, all with upturned trunks. They are made of ivory, china and glass gathered from all countries of the world. His most prized is one owned by the late Flo Ziegfeld, also a collector.
NEW for the ZOO
Lemur, rarely seen in this country, was adopted by Harf Hoogstraal on recent expedition into Madagascar. Monkey-like creature has 14-inch tail, drinks beer and champagne, will aid medical research.
$2500 Pig is no common variety of pork-on-the-hoof; he’ll be going Hollywood, soon. Porky is four years old and was born with only two legs, but he has learned to use them well. Piggie’s sponsor is a California carnival man, Charles Simpson.