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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    From the desk of Dan Conway in early April of 1974

    A letter to Dieter Eisenreich, an automoblle dealer in West Berlin.

    Dear Herr Eisenreich,

    Congratulations on your new "Golf" Volkswagen. It looks like a fine machine, and I would like to sell some here, in North America. I have applied directly to the VW manufacturer in Wolfsburg but am informed that they have not the capacity to serve me, whilst the rest of Europe is demanding these automobiles.

    As the biggest automobile dealer in West Germany, I presume that you have a number of these cars for sale. I know that you are bound to sell at a fixed price, both by your supplier, and the German government, but if you ship some of those "Golfs" to me I will pay you, personally, one hundred dollars per car, over that limit, besides paying for the shipping and other expenses, of course. in their transit.This means for every dozen cars you can send me, you make more than a thousand American dollars, for your own personal use, which, I understand, are worth far more than that enumeration in Western, and , especially, Eastern Germany.

    I hope that you can co-operate with me in a deal, lucrative to both of us.

    Yours truly,

    Dan Conway.
    ******************************************************************************** ****************************
    Memo to Albert Porter, Head of Conway Productions.

    " I think that the time has come for us to focus less on movies for the theatre, and move onto lesser fare for the t.v. channel. Situation comedies. and mini-series seem to be the going thing on the television screen right now, and the commercial spots are numerous, and lucrative.

    We ought to be in there.

    Please attend to this."
    ******************************************************************************** *******************
    Memo to John MacNamara, Coach of the San Diego Padres

    " Whilst watching a game, recently, I saw a catcher apparently just miss tagging a runner sliding for home plate, but the umpire giving the runner out, anyway. As the television slo-mo replay later revealed, the ump had spotted that the catcher had just managed to make contact with a corner of a batting glove, stuffed into the runners left hip pocket.

    Would you, therefor, impress upon our players that they should carry nothing that can protrude, from this pocket, which of course, is open to the field of play.

    A trivial detail, to be sure, but it may save a run, which may save a game which will save a season, one never knows in baseball, right?"
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
    June 21, 1974

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Jim Barr takes the mound for the Giants.
    Larry Bowa grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Billy Grabarkewitz grounded to first. <--->
    Larry Biittner grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Gary Beare takes the mound for the Padres.
    Ron Hunt grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Vic Davalillo grounded to short. <--->
    George Foster struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Mike Lum doubled down the left field line. <-2->
    Ken Harrelson grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    Jerry Morales struck out. <3-->
    Dai Boyd grounded to the shortstop. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Dave Kingman struck out. <--->
    Willie McCovey flied out to center. <--->
    Tony Perez popped up to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Joe Azcue flied out to left. <--->
    Gary Beare reached second on a throwing error by the first baseman. <-2->
    Larry Bowa flied out to center field. <-2->
    Billy Grabarkewitz grounded to the pitcher. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Dick Dietz popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Chris Speier singled through the left side. <--1>
    Jim Barr laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Ron Hunt grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Larry Biittner grounded to short. <--->
    Mike Lum homered down the left-field line. <--->
    Ken Harrelson grounded to second. <--->
    Jerry Morales lined out to first. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Vic Davalillo singled to right. <--1>
    Vic Davalillo was caught stealing second. <--->
    George Foster singled up the middle. <--1>
    Dave Kingman grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Dai Boyd grounded to short. <--->
    Joe Azcue flied out to right. <--->
    Gary Beare doubled to the wall in right. <-2->
    Gary Beare went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    Larry Bowa reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop - a run scored. <--1>
    Billy Grabarkewitz walked. <-21>
    Larry Biittner popped up foul down the first base line. <-21>
    1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Willie McCovey popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
    Tony Perez lined out to short. <--->
    Dick Dietz struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Mike Lum grounded to third. <--->
    Ken Harrelson grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Jerry Morales grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Chris Speier grounded to short. <--->
    Jim Barr popped up to short. <--->
    Ron Hunt singled up the middle. <--1>
    Vic Davalillo grounded to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Dai Boyd grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Joe Azcue homered into the left field bleachers. <--->
    Gary Beare singled into the right field corner. <--1>
    Larry Bowa grounded back to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Larry Bowa stole second. <-2->
    Billy Grabarkewitz singled up the middle, scoring a run. <--1>
    Billy Grabarkewitz went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Larry Biittner grounded to third. <-2->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    George Foster doubled to deep right field. <-2->
    Dave Kingman was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Willie McCovey popped up to second. <-21>
    Tony Perez walked. <321>
    Dick Dietz popped up to the second baseman. <321>
    Chris Speier doubled in the left field gap for two RBIs. <32->
    Tony Gonzalez pinch hit for Jim Barr. <32->
    Tony Gonzalez was intentionally walked. <321>
    Ron Hunt popped up foul down the third base line. <321>
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Francisco trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Gary Lavelle now pitching for the Giants. <--->
    Mike Lum grounded to third. <--->
    Ken Harrelson struck out. <--->
    Jerry Morales grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Vic Davalillo hit an infield single to first. <--1>
    George Foster grounded to third. <-2->
    Dave Kingman was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Willie McCovey grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Tony Perez was intentionally walked. <321>
    Dick Dietz flied out to center. <321>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Francisco trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Dai Boyd grounded to second. <--->
    Joe Azcue singled to right field. <--1>
    Bob Christian pinch hit for Gary Beare. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Bob Christian lined out to right. <--1>
    Larry Bowa grounded to first base. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Rusty Gerhardt now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Chris Speier singled to left. <--1>
    Bruce Miller pinch hit for Gary Lavelle. <--1>
    Bruce Miller struck out. <--1>
    Ron Hunt singled up the middle. <-21>
    Tommy Davis pinch hit for Vic Davalillo. <-21>
    Tommy Davis singled to center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    The Padres brought the infield in.
    George Foster grounded to the pitcher, scoring a run. <--1>
    Dave Kingman struck out. <--1>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 4.

    TOP OF THE TENTH
    Tim Stoddard now pitching for the Giants. <--->
    Billy Grabarkewitz lined out to third. <--->
    Larry Biittner grounded to short. <--->
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Mike Lum walked. <--1>
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Ken Harrelson struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
    Willie McCovey singled to right. <--1>
    Tony Perez lined out to third. <--1>
    Dick Dietz grounded to second for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 4.

    TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
    Jerry Morales grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Dai Boyd flied out to left. <--->
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Joe Azcue singled down the third base line. <--1>
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Jesus Alou pinch hit for Rusty Gerhardt. <--1>
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Enzo Hernandez pinch ran for Joe Azcue. <--1>
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Jesus Alou singled down the third base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Larry Bowa grounded to second. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eleventh, the game is tied at 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
    Steve Simpson now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Gene Lamont came in to play Catcher. <--->
    Chris Speier singled through the left side. <--1>
    Chris Arnold pinch hit for Tim Stoddard. <--1>
    Chris Arnold struck out. <--1>
    Ron Hunt laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
    Tommy Davis was intentionally walked. <-21>
    George Foster grounded to the pitcher. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the eleventh, the game is tied at 4.

    TOP OF THE TWELFTH
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Rich Gossage now pitching for the Giants. <--->
    The Giants guarded the lines.
    Billy Grabarkewitz walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Billy Grabarkewitz was caught stealing second. <--->
    Larry Biittner walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Mike Lum laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Rich Gossage threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Ken Harrelson singled to right-center, scoring a run. <--1>
    Jerry Morales flied out to center. <--1>
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the twelfth, San Diego leads 5 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH
    Dave Kingman walked. <--1>
    Willie McCovey popped up to short. <--1>
    Tony Perez grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Dick Dietz grounded to the shortstop. <--1>

    PADRES WIN: 5-4
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

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    Bonus game in June
    
    San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
    June 21, 1974
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1  5 10  0
            Giants (SFG) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0  4 12  2
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Larry Bowa (SS)               6  0  0  1  0  0  0  1    .231
    Billy Grabarkewitz (3B)       4  1  2  0  0  1  0  0    .227
    Larry Biittner (1B)           5  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .308
    Mike Lum (LF)                 4  2  1  1  1  1  0  0    .257
    Ken Harrelson (CF)            6  1  0  0  0  1  2  0    .208
    Jerry Morales (RF)            6  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .217
    Dai Boyd (2B)                 5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .268
    Joe Azcue (C)                 5  3  0  1  1  1  0  0    .159
     Enzo Hernandez (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .309
     Gene Lamont (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .205
    Gary Beare (P)                3  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .310
     Bob Christian (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .273
     Rusty Gerhardt (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Jesus Alou (P)               1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .231
     Steve Simpson (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       46 10  4  5  2  4  3  1
    
       2B:  Billy Grabarkewitz (15), Mike Lum (15)
       3B:  Gary Beare (1)
       HR:  Joe Azcue (1), Mike Lum (8)
       CS:  Billy Grabarkewitz
    
       DP:  Larry Biittner, Dai Boyd 2, Larry Bowa 2
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Gary Beare  8.0  7  5  0  2  2  3 121   3.42
              Rusty Gerhardt  2.0  4  0  0  2  2  2  30   3.88
               Steve Simpson  2.0  1  2  0  0  0  1  39   3.80
                      TOTALS 12.0 12  7  0  4  4  6 190
    
    SAN FRANCISCO                ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Ron Hunt (2B)                 5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .278
    Vic Davalillo (CF)            4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .280
     Tommy Davis (P)              1  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .305
    George Foster (LF)            6  2  0  1  0  1  1  0    .273
    Dave Kingman (1B)             3  0  3  1  0  0  2  0    .217
    Willie McCovey (RF)           6  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .312
    Tony Perez (3B)               4  0  2  0  0  0  0  0    .324
    Dick Dietz (C)                6  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .249
    Chris Speier (SS)             5  4  0  1  0  2  0  0    .281
    Jim Barr (P)                  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .042
     Tony Gonzalez (P)            0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .261
     Gary Lavelle (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Bruce Miller (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .400
     Tim Stoddard (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
     Chris Arnold (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .231
     Rich Gossage (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       43 12  7  4  0  4  6  0
    
       2B:  Chris Speier (12), George Foster (21)
       GDP:  Dick Dietz, Dave Kingman
       CS:  Vic Davalillo
       E:  Dave Kingman, Chris Speier
    
               SAN FRANCISCO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                    Jim Barr  7.0  6  1  2  4  3  1 104   3.64
                Gary Lavelle  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  1  18   3.07
                Tim Stoddard  2.0  2  1  0  0  0  1  31   2.17
                Rich Gossage  1.0  1  2  0  1  1  0  25   5.84
                      TOTALS 12.0 10  4  2  5  4  3 178
    
         WP: Steve Simpson (5-4)
         LP: Rich Gossage (1-4)
    
         Temperature: 75F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 30,402
         Time: 3:59
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Copper's nark

    By mid-May, Jacey had things sorted; he had persuaded the fair ??? of the Beauty Salon to come work in the Thrift shop on a permanent basis, and had also gained some bonus labour, from, of all people, the police!

    One fine day, earlier in the Spring, Detective -Sergeant Jimmy Shevlin, in his undercover guise, had set Toni's heart aquiver with apprehension when she was standing in for her husband at the newsagent's shop.

    For a few awful moments, she thought that the copper had gotten wind of some of the Conways' illegal activities such as fencing stolen property, or non-reporting of a murder, but she shortly realized thatshe was the main attraction. The policeman had always been partial to her, ever since they had brought down Tommy Cooper together, and now he had a prime excuse for renewing her pretty acquaintance.

    In his seedy homeless person's garb, he looked quickly round to make sure that no one was in earshot, then asked her "Do you think your husband could use another young man in his Thrift Shop....it'll be free labour..." he hastened to explain, observing her doubtful look. "...I caught this young feller, Ken Dahl, shoplifting, and made him put the stuff back....I didn't want to arrest him over something so petty, so I gave him the option of him doing some community service , if I didn't turn him in"

    "Are not the magistrates only qualified to do that?" Toni quizzed the policeman.

    Shevlin winked.

    "By rights..." he admitted with a grin "..but sometimes we coppers have to use discretion, the gaols are full enough, the now, and we have paper work up to our eyebrows for every arrest we make...this is better justice"

    "I'll have to check it with Jace..." she offered "...but if it will not cost, I know that he will like...when will ...this Ken person?...when will he begin?"

    The policeman shrugged "Soon as you give the word, Dear..."

    He would have said more, but then a customer entered the shop. Shevlin gave signs of wanting to stay until the customer left, to chat her up, but Toni was having none of that.

    "Sorry sir..." She addressed the startled Jimmy "...We don't allow credit...we let you have it , everyone will want it...please come back when you can pay for what you want"

    With that , the frustrated romantic policeman was obliged to leave to maintain his cover, but as she weighed out an ounce of sweets for the small boy who had interrupted Jimmy, she smiled as she thought of the bobby's wiliness.

    Apart from the opportunity to flirt with a bit of nice Japanese crackling, the detective thought to put an informant in place, within a Thrift shop which would be a magnet for thieves wanting to get a little money for their ill- gotten gains

    Well Jimmy Shevlin's clever little scheme was a fair wind that was going to blow the Conway ship of fortune right along, Toni reflected. More than once, Jacy had caught this same little Dahl shoplifting in the newsagents, and thrown the teenager out. Now this street wise little criminal was about to join the Conways in their own illegal enterprises.

    Life was good, thought Mrs Toni Conway.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    The Canadian Chronicle

    May 9th 1974

    Machiavellian Trudeau

    by Lynn Howard

    The year that started so auspiciously for Pierre Trudeau seemed to have gone sideways by the Spring. Rumblings of separatism were, again, heard in the land, not only from Rene' Levesqe's Parti Quebecois, but from the far West where Peter lougheed had gotten into it with the Prime Minister over oil issues.

    Lougheed wanted his Alberta to profit from the world oil shortage, Pierre professed to want the largesse to be spread, not over all Canada, but to sink back some of the windfall into further development of the oil fields

    And John Turner's recent budget had offended a lot of people; his own bureaucrats who disagreed with his Registered Home Ownership Savings Plan, (RHOSP), The NDP because Turner had ignored many items on the "shopping list" presented to the government by its Socialist leader, David Lewis, who, forthwith, withdrew his support of the minority government, causing it to fall, yesterday, when it was defeated in the House of Commons by a vote on that budget.

    But all is not as catyclismic as it seems for Pierre, and his Liberals. He, and John Turner, have taken care to antagonize the minor parties, Consrvative, NDP, PQ. by cuddling up to the mass of Canadians in preaching Nationalism, offering tax cuts, to the white and blue collars, and soaking the rich a little, with a rise in corporate taxation.

    The RHOSP plan alone, so reminiscent of one of the most important schemes that the Liberals ever launched for this country, the Registered Retirement Savings Plan, will win many seats for the Liberals in the general election now slated for July 8th.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=+Regi...BMHe8AfalJrACg

    Messrs Trudeau, Turner and their political guru, Keith Daveyhad engineered their own downfall, by arousing the minority parties against them, whilst stroking the major part of the Canadian electorate, then craftily blaming that minority opposition for forcing an unwanted election upon the Canadian people.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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