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20, 1973 By ARTHUR DALEY Writer Visits Berlin Again After 36 Years :,, . N. Y. Times Service New York Time Service BERLIN--The plane broke through the clouds : and the sunshine glinted off the suddenly remem- · bered red tile roofs of Berlin in the approach to the Tempelhof Airfield. Memory needed all the brush- t up help it could get because I had not seen this city r since the 1936 Olympic Games. Many things have · changed in that interval--including me. ~ But what engraved Tempelhof in my memory book was rthat it served as the taking off point for the first airplane -trip I ever made. A posWHympic jaunt to London for a dual £track meet between the United States and the British Empire. -It was with much apprehension that I left Tempelhof 36 years -ago, but it is with considerable anticipation that I return, ; making a slight but irresistible detour on the way to Munich. ~ If the wayward imagination of a novice air-traveller had : once made those Berlin roof tops look Mke the jagged repositories for a crash landing, this time they looked to a jaded around- Ttbe-wOTld-flier like a magic carpet. It whisked us across East ^Germany, East Berlin and The Wall to this outpost of free- ;dom. The one constant factor for me was my travelling companion, Jesse Abramson, once an expert among experts for rthe New York Herald-Tribune. We left Tempelhof together in ^1936 and we returned together in 1972, he to cover his 10th rOlympic Games, but this time for the Paris Herald-Tribune. r- The divided city is the blockbuster among the changes, of .course. West Berlin sparkles along the Kurfurstendamm while EEast Berlin is dreary. It was something of an adventure, rthough, to penetrate the hated Wall at Checkpoint Charlie where 3he East German guards have reinforced their side of the passage with labyrinthine road blocks. That's when I saw xUnter Den Linden again, once one of the world's most famous 'streets. Not far from it in 1936 had been my hotel. : I inquired about it. "Kaput," said the guide. '~ · . * * * Could Have Spit into Hitler's Lap r Many things became kapnt during the war because Berlin treaUy tok a beating and evidences of the saturation bombing : »ail are apparent because there are rnins in both sectors. ·: Strangely enough, however, the Olympic Stadium that had ;been the scene of Jesse Owens's magnificent sequence of : triumphs escaped untouched. It is in the British sector and ; most of the British adminlstratie buildings are nearby. But ;tne Olympisches Dorf or Olympic Village is in the Soviet -zone and houses Russian officers. I Memory of the Olympiastadion was recently refreshed by a rJesse Owens television documentary. The stadium now has a -more aged look than in 1936--doesn't everybody--but it still is -'· majestic arena that is being partially roofed for the world r soccer championship games in the future. The infield grass f never looked greener nor did the dark red brick track ever rlook sleeker. : The stadium cannot be described precisely as two-decked ',, because the seats rise up, break off for a promenade halfway :up and then head upwards again. At the breaking off point -on one side was the Tribune of Honor where Adolf Hitler, r Herman Goering, Joseph Goebbels and other Nazi Dignitaries rwetched this greatest of sports spectacles. Immediately above rthem was the press box. I could have spit down into Hitler's "lap. I didn't, however, and that's why I am writing this column ^instead of someone else. ; * * * jesse Floated in Effortless Smoothness :" Maybe there's a timelessness to the Olympics because noth- fing basic has changed at (he stadium. The swimming arena : alongside is now a public swimming pool and little kids are ."splashing about where only the world's best once cavorted. ; Seating capacity for the stadium is now pegged at 75,000 tops ;by ruling of the municipal fire department. But Hitler saw to 'it that crowds of more than 100,000 a day were out to cheer -for white Aryan supremacy. I'll never forget the morning when ^90,000 jammed the joint to watch the trials in the hammer- ··wurf. If you didn't guess, that means hammer throw. r The Olympic torch, blackened at the edges from 16 days ^of unquenchable flame in 1936, is still atop the peristyle. On the 'walls nearby are tablets listing every gold medal winner of the Berlin show. Hungary offers the most curious pair of all, a woman high jump champion named Csak and a men's 100- meter free-style named Csik. But the most important name is that of Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals. I didn't even need the Owens documentary to joggle my memory because my mind's eye has instant recall of Jesse in action. He didn't sprint. He floated in an effortless smoothness that no other sprinter ever could match. It had to be a fitting preparation for Munich, though, to let the imagination wander about Berlin. Know Who I Am,' Says Fran and Vikings Do, Too By Dave Anderson © New York Times Service BUFFALO, N.Y.-When the Minnesota Vikings opened their exhibition schedule a week ago, :iint Jones ran back the open- ng kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Watching him trot into the end zone from in front of he Viking bench, Fran Tarken- :on turned to Bud Grant, the lead coach: "I told you I'd help your offense," Tarkentoa said. It was more than a joke that made Grant laugh. It was an indication of Tarkenton's stature as one of the National Foootball Hague's premier quarterbacks. Slot many quarterbacks risk a 'rivolous remark, especially to a coach with such an icy reputa- ion as Grant has. But at the age of 32, about to enter his 12th season, Fran Tarkenton has a sense of where he is, of what he can do. I know who I am," as he says. And the Vikings know what he means to them. Their defensive init permitted only 139 points ast year, only 143 the year jefore. But each time, the Vikings were eliminated in the pening game of the NFL play- ffs when the offensive unit puttered. To rectify that, the V i k i n g s eneral manager, Jim Finks, ersuaded the New York Giants o accept three players the Vi- ings didn't need, along with raft choices, to reacquire Tar- enton, the symbol of the Vikings in their early years as an xpansion team. "Coming back to the Vikings or me," Tarkenton often says, is like slipping back into an Id shoe." PERHAPS significantly, the Vikings responded by winning their opening exhibition, 23-14, FRAN TARKENTON Super Bowl His Goal over the San Diego Chargers as Tarkenton completed 20 of 26 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Equally significant, with Bob Lee at quarterback against the Buffalo Bills here Friday night, the Vikings were embarrassed in a 21-10 loss. When the season opens, Tarkenton will be in a new role for him. He'll be expected to win. With the Giants, and earlier with the Vikings, survival was enough. But he appears to enjoy his new burden. "This is what I asked for," he has said. "I wanted to go to a team capable of winning the Super Bowl game." Despite being the fifth-ranked passer in NFL history, he has detractors. He runs too much, some say. He can't throw long, others say. But he has run for more than 3,019 yards, among the top two dozen active running backs. He has completed 2,075 of 3,797 passes for 28,484 yards and 216 touchdowns. Understandably, he resents criticism of his arm. * * * "LOOK AT THE TOP five rated all-time passers," he was saying before Friday's game. "How many of them have a real gun for an arm? Sonny Jurgensen, yes, but Lett Dawson, no. Johnny · Unitas, not really. Bart Starr, no. Me, no. But that's just it, you don't need a gun. I can throw a football 61 and a half yards. I measured it. But if I wait for the end to run put there 61 and a half yards, it's too late. "My arm's good enough, and I'll say this. I keep hearing that John Brodie has a great arm, but I can throw a football as hard and as far as he can. Joe Namath has a great arm, a gun, a real bazooka, but it's not always an advantage to have that kind of an arm. Sometimes he forces the pass because he thinks that with his arm, there's no pass that he can't complete, that he can just drill it through anyway." He resents the second-guessing that quarterbacks endure. "I don't think many people in or out of the game really understand what it's like to be a quarterback. It's easy for second-guessers. I do it myself when I'm watching a TV game But even the scouts don't understand the position. Look at the top five. Jurgensen was a No. choice but Dawson was waived out of the NFL, waived out Unitas was a free agent when the Colts signed him. Starr was a 17th round draft choice. I was a No. 3. "NOT THAT it's easy, but all I ever hear scouts talk about is a kid's arm. You can scout his arm and his size and his intelligence. But you can't scout his leadership, or his ability to react under pressure, or his ability to make the right decisions. Poise, that's what made Jim Plunkett so good as a rookie, jut the second year is always the roughest for a quarterback. You know just enough to get yourself in trouble." Tarkenton mentioned "maturity" as the essential ingredient for a quarterback. "When you get to the age of 30, if you've been able to survive the crises, you're really ready," he said. "Dawson was better after he was 30, so was Jurgensen. So was Norm Van Brocklin and Y. A. Tittle. Na- math will be, if he lasts that long and I hope he does. When you get to 30, you know the trouble spots, you know what you can do, and just as important, you know what you can'l do. Like me. I know who I am. Bud Grant knows, too. Fran Tarkenton told him. Schedule Favors Colonels; Charlies Play 14 On Road If the Charleston Charlies win the International League pennant, they will have to win it on the road. They nave 20 games beginning with a double bill here today, left on the schedule and 14 of them are away from home. On the other hand, beginning today, Louisville will be playing only nine of 16 games on the road. After Saturday, the schedule looked like this, wMinMug that all games booked for Saturday were played: Louisville (16)-at Syracuse 3, at Rochester 4, at Toledo 2 (Total 9), Syracuse 3, Rochester 2, Toledo 2, at home. (Total 7). Charleston (20)--at Richmond 4, at Peninsula 7, at Tidewater 3, (Total 14). Peninsula 2, Richmond 4, at home (Total 6). Louisville's schedule does not include any double headers while there are four on the Charleston card, including three in a row at Peninsula Aug. 25-26-77. 10th ANNUAL HILL BILLY CHAMPIONSHIP RACE SATURDAY, SEPT. 9th 50 UP KATUK-S750.00 TO WIN 25 UP HOMY FIATUK-S250.00 TO WIN NIZIS-hr Mtsl OrifiMl Bmitd HIIIMNr 111 MM J25.00-.2nrf ftiit StS.OO-Jrd Priio $10.01 CHARLESTON SPEEDWAY Go Out Rt. 80 East to Maiden-2 Miles up George's Crick Baisden Only Bright Spot As Local Girls Finish 4th KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jamie Baisden's impressive 6-3, 6-4 upset win over Robin Harris was the only bright spot for the local girls as Charleston dropped a 5-1 decision to San Diego and finished fourth in the National City Team championship for girls. San Diego won the title with !27th NBA Season Opens Oct. 10 NEW YORK (AP) - The Na tional Basketball Association's 27th regular season opens Oct 10 and ends March 28, 1973, Commissioner Walter Kennedy announced Saturday. Games on opening night will be Atlanta at Buffalo, Seattle at New York, Baltimore at Cleveland and Philadelphia at Chicago. Six clubs will have new coaches this season--Cotton Fitzsimmons at Atlanta, Bill van Breda Kolfe at Phoenix, Jack Ramsay at Buffalo, Roy Rubin at Philadelphia, Jack McCloskey at Portland and Tom Nissalke at Seattle. There also has been a franchise shift, with the Cincinnati Royals becoming the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. 40 points Mowed by Chicago at for her," Pilsbury said. "And 36, Houston 18, Charleston 17, Kansas City 12 and St. Louis with 11. Although finishing fourth, the young local team again gave coach Skip Pilsbury something to hope for in the future as 13-year-old Miss Baisden surprised Miss Harris. Miss Harris, who. pulled a string of upsets to reach the quarterfinals in the National Girls 16 championships in Charleston a few weeks ago, was heavily favored. "Jamie played our team did all right consider_ the amount of time we had to get prepared. "We should have finished third because Chicago's top player came up with an ankle injury and had to default two matches to Houston. . .that's two points they wouldn't have gotten." Sin Locil Olrlt Turn OMw 9. ChirlntM T SlntlH No. 1-- Sue Boyle, Sah Diego, d. Janet Haworth 5-7, -4, «-J; No. 2-- Bunrr Brunlng, San Dltoo, d. Chris Hovork 6-0, 6-0; No. 3-- Jamlt Balldtn, Charles ton, d. Robin Harris 4-3, i-4; No. 4- Sue Holllday, San Diego, d. Kelley Kru «-], , . No. 5-Su* Hasey, San Diego . d. Judy H*nlen i-2, M; No. «-- Marsha real well and it was a big win,?{. rod ' *·" D " BO - d - Sherrv Shorw ' Hamb TakesTennis Title DELAWARE, Ohio - Robin Hamb of Charleston defeated double title. Sally Belew of Cincinnati, 7-6, 6-2, Friday to capture the girls 14 singles championship at the Ohio Valley Invitational Tennis Tournament. Linda Burrell of Cincinnati topped Vicki Thaxton of Charleston, 6-0, 6-1, in the girls finals. Kim Tyree and Lynn Shores of Charleston downed Vicki Thaxton and Keith Kruk of Charles- ton 6-1, 6-1, to win the girls 12 Other results: Glrli 12 consolation round: Kim Tyre*, Charleston, d. Amy Wlffentaach, Columbus, 7-6, (-1; Lynn Shores, Charleston, d. Ceanna AddJi, Sprtnsfieid, 6-2, J-6, 6-1. Consolation finals -- Lynn Shores d. Kim Tyree, 7-5, «-3. Girls 12 doubles semifinals: Kim Tyree and Lynn Shores, Charleston, d. Deanna Addis and Llssa Green, Sprlrwfleld, 6-3, 12 6-3. Vlckl Thaxton and Keith Kruk, Charleston, d. Suzy Otto and Lyrni Ann Otto, Dayton, -J, 6-3. Boys 12 consolation round: Scott Wallace, Columbus, d. Mark Holstein, Charleston, 7-5, 6-2; John BridBeland, Cincinnati, d. Mike Meadows, Charleston, 6-1. TRCMtNDOUS SAVINGS NOW--AU 72 MODtL CARS A TRUCKS AT PATRICK PLAZA DODGE DON'T WAIT-ACT NOW END OF MODE! 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