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HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Sept. 6, 1940

Einstein in Placid

This resort has its share of distinguished visitors. On wednesday afternoon, professor Albert Einstein, noted mathematician, was entertained here by professor (Guido) Fubini of the mathematics department of Princeton University who has the Hurley cottage for the summer.

Hearst yacht sold

The palatial yacht once owned by William Randolph Hearst is to be used for Canadian munitions. Purchased by Moe Zinman of St. John’s, it is to be cut up into scrap metal after the hull is towed to St. John’s. The 270-foot yacht, after being sold by Mr. Hearst, was once used in ferry service on Lake Champlain between Port Kent and Burlington, Vermont. The hull was sold to the Canadian for $400.

Blue gridders practice

“They’re small and fast but should be able to do plenty of damage,” were the words used by Tom Manning after looking over the high school football team in their first practice sessions this week. Thirty-two candidates answered Manning’s call, with a few stragglers still to report.

Although it is still three weeks until their first game with Mount Assumption Institute of Plattsburgh, Manning has been putting the athletes through their paces daily at the stadium. Work to date has included dummy blocking, running interference, fundamentals and the learning of plays via the blackboard.

NY buys Valcour

The quest by the state Conservation Department for an isolated site on which to conduct important research designed to determine the actual effects of predation on game populations finally led to Valcour Island in Lake Champlain. The 1,000-acre island is 1 mile south of Plattsburgh.

The department hopes to determine the degree to which the surplus removable crop of game birds and mammals is affected by predation losses, if at all, and the degree to which individual predators are responsible for such losses.

Skunk a state worker

A skunk in full possession of his faculties has entered the service of the state of New York as a volunteer employee.

His principal pay is the grubs he digs up and eats. However, he is also provided with living quarters, a pen having been erected for his occupancy when not grubbing.

The little forest perfumer is regularly established at the Saratoga Nursery of the state Conservation Department and is busy each day eradicating grubs at the world’s largest forest tree production plant.

A veritable banquet is provided each day and as many times a day as he wants to eat for this unique state employee. Grubs have been extraordinarily plentiful this year at the Saratoga Nursery and have become a menace to millions of seedlings and transplants.

The only danger is that the skunk will become overstuffed, fat and lazy. He is a pet animal possessed by Wilfred E. Sanderson, of the Humane Society, under a scientific permit.