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"JM Alton BEvening Telegraph Saturday, Sept. 9, 1972 John Stetson *The Canoe From Watva" One job of any conscientious outdoor writer Is testing different brands and types of outdoor equipment in a genuine attempt lo belter advice his readers of the merits, or demerits. of such gear. When this involves the new f;>hinL' plug nn the nurkf-' the job is simple. You take it with you to your favorite fi5h:n;: spot and see how it compares with the tried and true hires. Yon take a new knife and nit with it. Then >ou sharpen It and compare the length of time it takes to dull it compared to some of your good steel blades. That also is easy. But once in awhi!e you run into something not quite 35 uncomplicated. Example: A couple of weekends back a bearded lumberjack type approached us along the Current River in the Missouri Ozarks and said, "okay, you guys arc canoeists. how about trying my canoe." Introducing himself as Gu.« Ward we asked ;hc huikin- outdoor type where he was from "Wa wa," he said. "What?" a couple of us asked in unison "Wa wa," came the answer again. "Aw come on, what the hell is a Wa wa" 1 asked. "Wawa is not a thing, Wawa is a place" The place where the best fiver glass canoes in the countn are made," (.us explained in a clipped accent, which wasn't midwestcrn. Gus was shifting into full gear with his explanation as we stood waiting for an answer on this Wawa routine. Our group of about a dozen fathers and their daughters had arrived Friday night at Aker's Ferry on the Current to set up camp before a Saturday and Sunday lioat trip. "Wawa is 150 miles north of Sault St. Marie up in Ontario*' finest country, and that's where we make the Wolverine canoe," Gus continued, with what was shaping into a real sales pitch, before we really knew what was happening. Leading us to the car of his sidekick, Gus invited us to test the weight of a green and red canoe side by side on his cartop boat racks. "Go ahead lift that canoe down he said, motioning us to first one and then the other gleaming fiber glass hulls. Gus held the flashlight while we enthusiastically unlaoded his cnaoas for him. And as we unloaded Gus kept on. "That 16 foot double ender weighs only 38 pounds." Have you ever seen anything to beat that for lightweight, eh? Gus asked with his Canadian accent gusto. I had to admit I hadn't seen anything that light with quiet that much size. My Grumman 17 foot double ender is closer to 80 than 40 pounds. The 16-foot Wolverine (hat Gus was showing us had a beam of SS',4 inches and was 14',& inches deep. Dimensions that make the craft extremely stable and yet manuverable in the water. Wolverine Canoe (not connected with the Wolverine Boat Co. o the U.S.) is a subsidiary of Inland Lakes Industries Ltd. of Wawa, Ontario. Canda, and Gus was on his way through midwestern USA setting up dealerships for the boats. Gus had lined up Rock Hill Boat &. Motor in St. Louis an-1 now was trying to convince the canoe rental livery operators of the Ozarks that his boats would be best for their purposes. The big Canadian knew he was fighting an uphill battle as he looked out at literally hundreds of aluminum canoes Jined up along the river bank at Aker's Ferry. By this time others in our group had joined us around Gus' car and each pair of new arrivals put down their campfire beverages long enough to take a turn hoisting an end of Gus's canoes skyward to check the weight. One father on the trip.lloward Eichen of Godfrey, asked his driving partner Dana Eastman how many he wanted to order. But Eastman leclined, he was busy looking over the construction of the canoes. "Our canoes of impact resistant epoxy will bounce off your rocks down in this country, eh, Gus asked, and told us, at the same time. He told how they'd been tested on the McKenzie, and other big Canadian rivers before being brought to the Ozarks for tesung in this country. By this time I was ready. First tiling next morning I turned my own canoe over to my daughter Kathy and her guest Ann Barnerd and I took my two younger girls, Ann and Molly, in the canoe from Wawa. "Don't forget now, put it through the test," Gus called to us as we left Aker's Ferry in a motor caravan to start our float upstream at Cedar Grove. The day went like most all Alton Canoe Club father- daughter float trips. Float about 30 minutes and then stop to let the fathers regroup, -slosh water out of heir canoes and sip a little of their liquid ambrosia, while girls frolic and swim in the fast, clear water with squeals of delight. Whein we reached the rapids with their protruding and submerged wet rocks 1 made it a point to try and avoid no obstructions. And that's when 1 realized that Gus had a point. His Wolverine canoies would bounce off the rocks. In fact you cou'-d feel the side give slightly as the water cascaded you into a rock and ,n an instant the hull sprang back to its original position as the canoe slid past the rock. The wide beam was also a definite advantage and gave the little girls I had with me some leeway without worryin about tipping. But the real test came when we hit an unusualh bad log broadside. I've done this in other canoes and once that water starts in over the gunwale you've usually had it. But our test canoe righted itsell the minute \M> shifted our weight. A very nice feature in a canoe. We finished Saturday's float without further incident. "How did you like it, eh'.' Gus greeted me the minute I hit camp at Akers Ferry 1 told him it was everything he said it was. and he beemed. The lightweight factor makes it a dream to load and unload and the wide beam, tumble home hull design v, ah flotation built right into the bottom core of the hull is another advantage of the Wolverine. About this time Gus pointed to the second canoe he had brought. "I took our 17-foot Y-sterm downstream from here today and J hit every rock I could find," he bragged. Looking at the bottom of the Y-sterm Gus pointed to places near the stem end of the hull where there was minor damage. There was no damage to the liber glass itself, but there over the fiber glass. It's this coating that gives fiber glass were definite holes and abrasions in tlx- gel-coat type ui coating bouts their .smooth g'ossy surface. "I'll take * bottle of coating and repair that." Gus ex- plaiDed, assuring UK that it was minimal damage ajid would IB MI way affect U* miber glass structure of the canoe. Then I asked the big question "Gus how do you think these canoes would do on a day tfl Clay out basis of slamming into Current H;ver rocks'" "First (rf all I was trying to hit even thing 1 could U> lest (JUl feu.! Ip s*id, MA tfaat was ail the damage 1 could cause, , (fee ttgfat weight and maneuverability of these ey«tt ywi guys would hit fewer rodu, on a day to- I'd mat a pro from the bush country. d back to my ca/njrfire. wid Outdoor writer Stetson balances a Wolverine canoe »s hi- examines its features. The new fiber glass canoe in the Midwest is made by Inland Lakes Limited of AVavva, Ontario. Canada and weighs in at 38 pounds in the HMool model which has a wide beam while retaining a reasonably high water profile. Sinking? Though it looks like intrepid Telegraph outdoor writer is sinking inito the sunset he is really testing a new brand of canoe in the, ILS. A sure test of the floatation qualities of a canoe is to fill it with water and add one oversize, outdoor writer. If it doesn't sink—which it didn't—it's sale for your family. Russia hands Canadians 5-3 setback VANCOUVER, B.C. (AP) Team Canada has learned another lesson in its matchup with the Russian National hockey team. Canadian fans like good hockey no nvitter who is playing it. Team Canada was on the receiving end of a chorus of boos and jeers Friday nitwit as it dropped a 5-3 game to the Russians. The Vancouver fans also began to cheer the Russians in the second perio-J when they outhustled and outskated the players from the National Hockey League. The Russians jumped to a 2-0 first period lead on deflection goals by Boris Mikhailov, added two more in the second period by Yuri Blinov and Vladimir Vikulov and a final score by Vladimir Shadrin in the final period. The Canadians' goals came from Buffalo's Gil Perreault in the first, a Bill Golci- sworthy of Minnesota and Chicago's Dennis Hull in the third. What was the Russians' reaction to being cheered by "the other side?" "We did like the fans," s;r.d assistant coach Boris Kulagin. "They were very objective abo.ut our playing and our players." Team Canada Coach Harry Sinden said he couldn't blame anyone but Team Canada lor the fans' behavior. "Who knows." said Sinden, "maybe I'd be doing the same thing if I were in their position." The Russians have won t\vy of the four games played in Canada while Team Canada captured one and tied on°. The remainder of the eiyht- game series now moves to the Soviet Union. vSiden was asked what he was learning from the games. "Each game is like a Stanley Cup playoff game in September." Cards divide a pair It's been long, hard grind for Spitz since 1968 Games By KAIIOL STONCiKH AP Sports Writer MUNICH (AP) - Mark Spit?, was damned because he didn't in 1068 and damned because he did in '72. Seven gold medals and his reputation as a choker weighed heavily on his mind when he started Olympic competition Aug. 28. With each event he eclipsed a world mark, put a medal around his neck and erased some of ihe doubt about his ability that had lingered since the games in Mexico City. His final burst of glory Monday, when ho and his t e a m m a t e s thrashed to triumph in the 400-meter medley relay, was over- s h a (1 (i w c cl by the disqualification in the 1.5(10- nieter freestyle of Kick DcMnnt of'San Hal'ael. Calif., for us:iv_' a prescription driii; officials said wa-= illegal. A pall of (loath of fellow .h-u.s Tuesday paled a news conference, his swansong to O 1 Y m p : c swimming that should ha\e ended on a happy note. Instead of beiir. praised for his ath'etic prowess he was picked on for dominating a sport. Instead of relaxing and enjoying nearly another week of Olympic competition from the iidi'lices. lie was hustled out 01 Munich under he.r, y guard because hS \iclor;t-s made him the nio,-i prominent .lew in the j;;iiK'> and nobody wanted to take any chances. Spit/, a handsome, mustachioed man 22, \von hN first goh 1 medal of these games in the 200-metc j r butterfly on the first full day of competition in the 20th Olympiad He cracked his own world mark with a 2 00.70 to beat fellow Americans Gaiy Hull u! Garden Grove, Calif . and Hobin Hackhaus of Uedlaiuk.. Calif l! was in that event .n Mexico Citv four years a-ju that he sputtered in eighth and was labeled a choker Four years ago the Lv;.e::i- old product of the Suit a ('!:•;.Swim Club enroutc to Indiana University brash);, predicted he would win six gold nk-ua!.- He won only two—m the 41111 freestyle relay and ihe &W freestyle rela\. Hi. .•:-•. •,-..,-i a bron/e in Die 100 freestyle and a sihcr in the 100 butterfly. "Losing that event cost me two gold medals." Spitz said of his upset by American Doug RuKsell in the 100 fly. "If I had won, I'd have swum on the American medley relay team." If he had won then he would have matched Don Schollan- der's record of four swimming golds. But he lost. And no one likes a loser. Especially Mark Spit/. So he put himself thro u ;; h four years of punishing practice, honing his body and tuning his mind for Munich. Moments after winning the 200 fly, he anchored the 4(10 freestyle relay team to another world record of The next day he won the 201) freestyle in 1:52.78 and smashed another world mark. Wednesday v,;;s a clay off. but Thursday In- winged his way to a 54.27 in the 100 butterfly ami lied Schnllarick-v's harvest of lour victories in 1'JIJ-} at Tokyo, then swam four lengths of the Olympic pool as anchorman of the 800 freestyle relay and helped America to another gold pendant and another world IVfCM'd. "I had waited four years tor that." said Spitz of the 101) fly. "To me that race meant a lot. 1 was glad it was the one thai let me tie Schollander. "Winning the fourth gold to tie Schollander's record and then winning the fifth to break it Thursday night—that was the b'g night for me. • Everything after that is downhill." Even though he was riding the i-ivsL, he wouldn't let himself riM. lie still had two ratf> 10 go. He still had nu-riio! ;o» of four .sears ago. Ku*n though he came out ol the Olympics without defeat, in a way. everything was downhill. !!(• was accused of creating dimension among teammates b \ bud-inouihing .Sieve Gt/nter. a care-free 21-year- okl I t'l.A Ireestyler. who was !i"*.|jitaJi/.ed five days btioix 1 < oin]X!t!tion began for surgen NEW YORK (AP) — Te<! Simmons hit a three-run homer at exactly 18 minutt-s after midnight and the St. Louis Cardinals went on to a 9-4 victory over the New York Mets early today. The homer came in the 13th inning and was followed a F ow minutes later by a two-run Gossett puts 49ers past Los Angeles (By the Associated Press) The San Francisco 49ers came from behind to edge the Los Angeles Hams and firmly established themselves as the favorites to again win tho Western Division crown in the National Conference of the National Football League. A 38-yard field goal by Bruce Gossett with 22 seconds left gave the 49crs a 17-14 victory over the Hams in one o f two Friday night exhibitions that opened the final preseason weekend in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills whipped the Philadelphia Eagles 34-17 in the other game. After starting qaurterback John Brodie failed to move the 49ers for the first half, Steve Spurrier took over and paced the team to victory. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State hit Gene Washington with a 21- yard pass to tie the score at 7-7. The Hams went ahead again on a touchdown run by- Pete Beathard on a fake field—goal attempt from the San Francisco two on fourth down. Spurrier quickly tied the score at 14-14 with a 58- yard TD pass to tight end Ted Kwalick. His pass to Washington on the 49ers' 35 set up Gossett's winning field goal. Homan Gabriel started at quarterback for the Rams despite an injured knee. It was his seven-yard pass to Lance Renzel in the second quarter that opened the scoring. Dennis Shaw threw two touchdown passes to Bob Chandler to pace the Bills over the Eagles. The passes were for 14 and nine yards. The Eagles tied the score at 10-10 on John Heaves' 11- yard pass to Gary Ballman, but the Bills went ahead 13-10 at the half on Mike Clark's 40-yard field goal, then broke open the game with three touchdowns in the last half. Nebraska set for UCLA By HERSCHEL NISSENSON AP Sports Writer The oddsmakers who have made Nebraska an 18-point favorite apparently give UCLA two chances to defeat college football's defending national champions tonight- slim and none. Coach Pepper liodgers agrees with half of that theory. "We feel we have a chance," says the UCLA coach. "It may be a slim chance, but it's still a chance. Nebraska's whole football team is not. great. They've obviously lost a few good players." They've obviously got some, too. starting with wide receiver Johnny Ilodgers, middle guard Rich Glover and defensive end Willie Harpter. In fact, Coach Bob Devaney says the Cornhtiskers will have "a real fine football team again in 1972, led by what could be a very outstanding defense." But even Devaney gives UCLA a chance. round!ripper by Dwain Anderson as the Cardinals gained a split of a twi-nlght baseball doubleheader before 28.442 at Shea Stadium. The Mets snapped a threy game losing streak by taking the opener 8-2 with a five-run splurge in the eighth. Homers by Ken Boswell and John Milner, who went 5-for-5, pace., the Mets. Milner hit another homer in the first inning of the second game, but his string of seven consecutive hits was snapped in the fourth when he struck out. The Mets took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the seventh, but the Cards tied it in the eight on Lou Brock's HBI single and a two- run single by Joe Torres. After that the teams trarfod zeros on the Scoreboard unt-1 Danny Frisella walked Luis Melendes to open the 13th. He moved to second on a ground- out. Torre was intentionaly walked to get at. Simmons who had been hilless in five at bats. 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Humors also were rampant that Spitz had a handful of lucrative financial offers, some of which lie would accept publicly, foregoing H dental career after he ended his amateur career. One reportedly was with a sporting goods company, whose shoes he inadvertently hoisted in his hand one night while stepping from the victory stand. The incident put him on the International Olympic Committee's carpet but he wasn't ground into it. "I didn't care what they did." he said of the IOC. •'What 1 have done here was still a fact. They could take away my medals, But they couldn't make someone else the winner of those events." The sleek six-footer was born Feb. 10, 1950 in Modesto. Calif., the first child of Lenore and Arnold Spitz. He took !o the water ui the age of two when the family mo\ed to Hawaii fin 1 four years. When his family returned to California., his father, who sports a lung Julius Caesa- hairdo and a mustache that rivals Mark's, enrolled him in a YMCA swimming program in Sacramento. 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