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A last glimpse of the world before classes

Column/Michael Battat

A number of things happened in the real world over IAP. They may never affect us collectively, but they are interesting. Some are also depressing. We may not see much of the outside world between now and the end of May.

Boston College senior Doug Flutie will earn more in his first year of work than most of us will in our first ten. He will receive a reported $1.5 million per year for using his arm to heave an oblate spheroid. It makes you want to quit MIT.

Last week Senator Gary Hart of Colorado spoke at Harvard. Observers consider him a front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. The Democrats have been plagued with troubles of late. Do they really think their savior will come from the losing side of the last divisive nomination process?

The San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins played in the Super Bowl XIX on Jan. 20. The same day, Ronald Reagan took the oath of office for a second term. Reagan wanted to participate in the proceedings, like any red-blooded American male. From the Oval Office, via television link, Reagan tossed the coin which gave the ball to San Francisco. The 49ers won, defeating Miami 38-16.

After the game, Reagan made another famous post-game congratulatory address. Last year he called Marcus Allen a "secret weapon." This year he asked coach Bill Walsh to "come to Washington and help run this mess." Walsh declined gracefully. I can imagine the coach giving a second-term pep talk, telling his team to win one for the Gipper.

Maybe not.

White House Chief of Staff James Baker has replaced Donald Regan as the new Secretary of the Treasury. Regan is the new White House Chief of Staff. You may not think Regan is famous, but his name is on every piece of currency the United States has printed over the last four years. Save those bills. They might be worth some money some day.

President Reagan went to nine inaugural balls after his inauguration, and he stayed up pretty late. On Wednesday he turned 74. I think people who keep busy, feel useful and are loved by their family can stay young for a long time.

My grandparents are perfect examples of this; Reagan is another. Why do most people have to retire at 65, when they can still be useful and feel useful? We have a strange way of treating our elderly.

1984, the Orwell classic, has been released as a motion picture starring John Hurt and the late Richard Burton, with some music by the Eurythmics. If the movie follows the book closely, you might get really depressed afterwards. I hope a loved one will comfort you afterwards. That will keep you away from heavy drugs.

CBS Television presented a docu-drama about the Atlanta child killings last weekend. Atlanta city officials expressed outrage about how the program portrayed the investigation and trial. The author of the script reportedly believes that Wayne Williams, the convicted killer, is really innocent and a victim of a biased investigation.

Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said that such ideas, if conveyed to the citizens of Atlanta as truth, might set off a new wave of hysteria within the city. CBS has agreed to announce frequently during the airing that the show is a dramatization and not a documentary. That's not funny. That's sick.

We are just one week into the term.