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August 20, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 39

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·C--Aagntt 20, 1978 Sundry Gmett*Motl f\ Tj * ___««, ..·--«»»^M. .m · ,mm i HUB ···'·"""··^UA^lil^^^^^^ Olympic Flags, Not Swastikas, Flutter in Munich By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Sfoetal CMrapMdrat singing hippie* gulp beer from 10-inch pewter mugs at the hofbraeuhaus, where Adolf Hitler sewed the first seeds of Nanism in the 1990s, and Olympic five-ring flags in stead of swastikas flutter in the breeze along Ludwigstrasse which once quivered to the beat of goose-stepping legions. Efforts have been made to lover of arts and festivals. Old world cntm blends with modem glass and steel in this 1.3 million people--prosperous, non-militaristic, still embar- erase every reminder of the Fuehrer and the carnage of World War H for the 20th Olympic Games, opening in this gay and friendly Bavarian capital next Saturday afternoon. ' It's verboten--against the law--to display t swastika or a likeness of the mustachioed Adolf, even on the book ·helves. ''Munich is interested in neither records nor superlatives," proclaimed the former lord mayor, Dr. Hans-Jocehn Vogel. "We are aiming at a festival dedicated to a peaceful encounter among nations." Human Garnet "We want these to be the human games," said Willi Daume, a competitor in the 1936 Olympics at Berlin and . president of the Munich Organ' fang Committee. "The games are getting too big. We want to : turn them around. We want them to be more intimate and in tune with the original Olympic ideals." Avery Brundage himself couldn't have written a better script. Yet even with these lofty goals and the aid of a last-min: ute threatened boycott by more ; than a down African nations ; over the admission of Southern Rhodesia, there was no way to trim the tentacles of this mush rooming international sports spectacular. They may be the "Intimate Olympics." They also will be the largest, perhaps the best- managed and the most fiercely contested since the modern games were conceived by France'* Pierre de Coubertin in bombs is World War n, the city has restored most of the gotbic structures and dressed herself in a parklike atmosphere of a summer festival Thousands of trees and bushes have been planted, artificial being the birthplace of Naziism but seeking a new identity. Half of it destroyed by allied lakes created and hills made from the rubble of the great war. The Bavarian capital seems saturated with indoor and outdoor, restaurants, beer gardens and picnic areas. Jives All Night It jumps all day and jives all It is a picture of people j the high life and having fun. Although more than eight centuries on, it is a city of the young. "Sixty per cent of our popu- ation is under 40 years old," a petite, brown-eyed hostess explained. "Munich is called "The city with a heart.' This is where the young people, the lippies and the hop-heads, congregate. Maybe not welcomed, they are at least tolerated." S c h w a b ing is Munich's BEER DRINKERS ENJOY MUGS IN FAMED HOFBRAUEHAUS This Is One Munich Landmark Unchanged Over Years --AP Wirephoto Greenwich Village, with 300 There is a touch of San Fran-1 Via Veneto about it. People sit cabarets, bars and beaneries. cisco, New Orleans and Rome's Ion the sidewalks, under bright- ly lighted globes, drinking beer and eating white sausages, wewswurst, originated here. Lot of Beer Every night is carnival night. At the hofbraeuhaus, 10,000 liters (quarts) of beer are consumed every day. The bur- gerbraeu still shows the cellar where Hitler's putsch began. Peterhof Hoch Cafe serves soup with dumplings as big as baseballs. While city officials have sought to close some of the more flagrant bordellos and flesh houses, they have not been able to erase sin completely. In the bahnhof (train station) section, bar girls in low cut gowns brazenly solicit business. The city has some 60 sex shops, dealing in pornographic pictures and films. There is even a sex boutique. But Munich, despite growing industry, is a city of culture. There are 27 theaters, an opera, three symphony orchestras and two dozen museums. Postal Card Sitting For visual elegance it is hare to beat Marienplatz, the city square which has been converted into a promenade with no autos allowed. The twin domes of the 15th century Frauehkirche, Church of Our Lady, stand majestically to the background. Gothic structures give a postal card setting. And the crowning glory are the gothic arches of the new town hall, where every day at 11 a.m. glockenspiel chimes, mechanical dancing figures and jousting knights celebrate the wedding of Duke Wilhelm and Ranata Von Lotthringen four centuries ago. Eleven O'clock is also the traditional hour for weisswurst and beer--like an American coffee break. Wth the glockenspiel, beer and weisswurst, Munich merrymakers find it hard to get too excited about the Olympics. 10,000 Competitors The vanguard of a record 10,000 competitors from more than 120 countries are settling in the glistening new high-rise pyramids that from the Olympic Village. Visitors are pouring in by the hundreds of thousands, many without tickets and places to live, others forced to seek quarters in the Alpine region 60 to 100 miles away. The United States checked in with 435 athletes, including four individual gold medalists from the 1968 Games at Mexico City plus a young basketball team which must defend an unbroken Olympic record, and found itself faced with an equally large and awesome team from the Soviet Union. The traditional two-team battle for unofficial national honors must face a fresh threat in East Germany, which has instituted a highly disciplined and rigorous development p»-"sr«n expected to pay off in a cascade of medals. The East German team is beaded by Roland Mattbes, 21 s student, defending champion and world record-bolder in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke swimming events, a potential medalist also in the butterfly and individual medley. Spits, Goold Favored One etn expect the swimming pool, however, to be dommatod by an American man and an Australian girl The man is Mark Spitz, a 22- year-old Indiana University whiz from Carmicbael, Calif., world record-setter and potential gold medalist in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly as well as the 100 and 200 meter freestyle. The gui is 15-year-old Shane Gould of Australia, a long-legged wizard who has set world freestyle marks in every distance from 100 to 1,500 meters. Already members of the 4,000-member press corps are la- belling Shane "The Princess of the Munich Games." Competition off the diving boards will begin Sunday, the day after the opening ceremonies, and swimming competition gets under way Aug. 28. The blue ribbon track and field runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. «. The main Olympic Stadium, scene of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events, sits on an old military landing field used by Neville Chamberlain's plane when the British prime minister came here in 1938 to secure what he called "peace in our time." Bat-Winged Tent It is a functional facility, with 44,000 seats and mom for 36,000 standees, crowned with a bat- winged tent of spun glass which also covers the adjoining gymnastics hall and the swimming pool The revolutionary covering cost close to $60 million. "Old Ludwig would have been proud of us," a Munich oommitteeman said as he escorted visitors over the 740-acre Olympic complex so compact that there is no more than 1,000 yards between most venues. Mad King Ludwig n (1864-1886) was a prodigious builder, a TM -- ' · '·- · v- fihatui ESPECIALLY PRICED FOR AUGUST! Now Is Your Opportunity to Buy for Back To School and Fall and Save During August! 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