The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on August 9, 1959 · Page 11
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 11

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, August 9, 1959
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mAOINB iUNDAT BULLETIN Auihiat 9. 1959 Sec. 1, P«»« 1 f —Journnl-Tlmos Photo Jim Michna, waterfront director at Boy Scout Camp Cliippecotton, tal<es special satisfaction in deveioping swimmers Into life-savers and Scout Life Guards. Today ends his third season at Chippecotton, two of them as head man of the waterfront. Jim Drowns 5 Times a Day Trying to Avert Tragedies By Serge Logan Jim Michna drowns five times a day in a summer season in hopes that lives will be saved tomorrow. Sandy-haired Michna is the 25-year-old waterfront director at Boy Scout Camp Chippe­ cotton at Pleasant Lake who today completes his third season at the camp's waterfront. His daily "drownings" are made in the coifrse of his teaching young Scouts how to save lives. Jim is victim, instructor and champion of survival swimming—all at the same time. He works with small groups of boys, generally four or five, because a Scout must have earned his swimming merit badge before he can take lifesaving, and must have earned his life-saving merit badge before he can qualify for instruction as Scout Life Guard. It takes a heap of swimming to get to that point, and not too many make it. A Realistic Act After hours of dry-land instruction, Jim finally is ready to put the book-learning to test. He plunges into cool Pleasant Lake, swims out a fair distance off shore and proceeds to drown. The act is so realistic, it could be frightening except for one thing: Instead of shouting "Help, help!" his signal of distress is a pitiful scream for "strawberries!" or "raspberries!" or "apricots." This is merely a precaution ,not to alarm all other campers, or. for that matter, anyone else on Pleasant Lake. After his cry, his arms go up and he slips under. He comes up and yells again, and goes down. Meanwhile, of course, he hopes his students have set out in a rowboat and are applying the principles he stressed. As realistic as he tries to make the exercise, some of the Scouts demand the impossible. "Why didn't you dive in after me when you saw me slip under?" he questions a promising life guard. "You weren't unconscious yet!" he is answered. Jim admits one weakness. In demonstrating rescue operations so frequently, he prefers the small fellows to the big fellows, particularly in demonstrating the different carries. Jim expects realism from his students, too. Life-saving, he will insist, is not something to be fooled with. When" the Scouts come to rescue him, they had better be doing the job "for real," or they likely will get dunked. Frequently he will tussle with his rescuers as actual victims have been known to do. Unhesitatingly he will yank a would-be res­ cuer from the boat who has!the breast-stroke in his instruc- failed to take precautions to do the rescue correctly. But life-saving isn't Jim's only concern. Under his waterfront supervision are swimming, conoeing, rowing and sailing as well jtion. And co-ordination Those visiting the waterfront during instructional swim periods are not surprised to see Jim leading a string of| tional swimming. He explains it this way: "This is the most difficult stroke for the beginner because it calls for a lot of co-ordina- in youngsters 11 to 13 years old is difficult anyway. Therefore, learning this stroke helps coordination. It also is a basic survival stroke because the lonjg glide 'gives the swimmer lots of rest. When Jim is not bunking in the boathouse at Camp Chippe­ cotton, he is at home at ,3700 Geneva St. or in Madison at the University of Wisconsin where he is a graduate student in libary science. Sitting back and watching jthe Scouts during recreational swim this past week, Jim Michna smiled and said, "It's a good feeling to look over the water front and see more than 100 boys applying the swimming and safety principles we've taught them. It makes the whole summer seem worthwhile." .shivering, non-swimmers intoj the shallow tank and then commanding them, "Splash me!" Once both he and the tadpoles are accustomed to the water, he proceeds to teach them the basic principles of swimming. One of this young man's most satisfying experiences is to know that one of his waterfront assistants. William Esser, started with him three years ago as a beginner and graduated to swimmer, lifesaving and finally to Scout Life Guard. His other assistant, Tonis Mang, also was schooled under Michna last year. In directing the waterfront, Jim has established these four principles: 1. To teach safety on the waterfront, which he considers the most important point. 2. To improve swimming ability. NEW YORK—A New York 3. To teach the fun of .swim-jpaint manufacturer has devel- ming after the safety rules have: oped a colored aluminum paint been learned. !for roofs and sidings. 4. To teach boating, canoe-' One advantage of using the ing and sailing after swimming;new paint, it is claimed, is that Aluminum Paint Produced in Colors is learned. Prefers Breast Stroke Many have questioned the emphasis which Jim puts on the coating can help lower the inside temperature in summer and maintain a warmer interior temperature in cold weather. Japan Seeks 42 Old Swords •»• * * * U, S. Has 350,000 of Samurai Blades NEW YORK—Some GI's are in for a good "cut" if they own certain ancient Samurai swords, considered by Japan to be national treasures. The Japanese Artistic Sword Preservation Assn. has launched a treasure hunt for 42 of the fierce-looking two- handed blades believed brought home by American servicemen after World War II. The 42 are among an estimated 350,000 carted home by the men. Ancient Origin Junzo Sato, representative of the as.sociation, said he was prepared to present "suitable gifts" to any one returning a valuable Samurai sword. The most treasured blades, the ones being sought, date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. The value of the swords depends on thcv^name of the sword maker, which is inscribed on the 30-inch blade, or the name of the family to which it belongs, Sato said. During the war the swords were turned out by the thousands, and Sato said he was not interested in these. But the blade, he noted, has played an important part in the lives of Japan's military caste for centuries. Seek 42 Swords Sato said the Japanese consulate general here will receive returned swords and determine whether they are the treasured ones. Finding 42 swords among a batch of a third of a million is somewhat like looking for a needle in a haystack, Sato said, but he added wryly: "There are more Samurai swords in the United States than there are in Japan." 4# 2 SPE6TMVUR PRICED RIGHTf STYLED RIGHT! CREDIT TERMS TO SUIT! AT BLOCK'S TOMORROW! 7 PIECE BEDROOM OUTFIT IMAGINE! 3-Pc. Suite • BOX SPRING & MATTRESS Included You Get All This • Popular Bookcase Bed • Big Triple Drosscr • Roomy Chest • Inncrspring Mattress and Matching Box Spring ond 2 Boudoir Lamps—All 7 Pes. $AilA50 SAVE $62.50 DYNAMIC lO-PC. 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