Lieut, Montgomery cant' understand it, and the chief specialists can't understand it. They figured the medical officer's suspension of early morning calisthenics for the cold weather met with 100% approval from their Supply School charges. So great was surprise on learning that several dozen of the student officers have a daily volleyball game between 0700 and 0730 in the Cage. From all reports this number is increasing, too!
With the return of the newly commissioned ensigns of the Midshipmen-Officers School, the routine of NSCS has returned to normal. Latest reports from informed quarters are that the new men for the year course will center around the first of March (most of these men, by the way, are reported to be coming directly from V-12), and the new junior class is slated for arrival sometime near the end of March.
Last week basketball standings for the current round robin league were promised for this issue, but nothing official can be announced because of the omission of regular reports to the athletic officer. The games are being played, half the teams are winning, but the latter evidently don't want to publicize that fact.
Having heard many rumors about the accomplishments of the chief physical education specialists stationed at NSCS, your columnist thought it would be a good idea to obtain a firsthand report about these energetic individuals. He found that they were very amazing persons indeed. Chief Clem, the only chief in the Navy who pronounces "Idea" & "Idear," shares with Mickey Cochrane of Detroit Tiger baseball came the distinction of being one of the two graduates of Boston University to have won 12 letters. Chief Clem was left halfback in football right wing in hockey, fancy diving ace of the swimming team, and a tennis star winning three letters in each of these four sports. A native Bostonian, he holds B.S. in education and an E.D.M. (master degree in physical education), both from B. U.
Chief Frank Terwilliger ("only don't call me Frank"), in contrast to his confrere, is a real Westerner, claiming Lake Tahoe, Nevada, as his home address. Prospector, gold miner, Holywood stunt man, forest ranger--he has at one time or another been all of these. Instead of working his way through college by hashing, selling clothes, or firing furnaces aces, he worked his way through two years at Nevada School of Mines by mining gold and silver at Carson City and Virginia City. After this he gave prospecting a try, trudging through various parts of Arizona, New Mexico Colorado, California, and Nevada. Finding this life too tame, he turned to studying in Hollywood, where among other things he staged the fights and appeared in all the Tarzan pictures. You might have seen him fighting in the trees of under water in these films. He is also a qualified electrical operator and has thrown his Kleigs on the "This is the Army" and "Thank Your Lucky Stars" sets. He is, according to Chief Clem, an expert in skiing, judo, wrestling, tumbling. Re skiing, though, Chief Terwilliger says, "I'm the world's greatest enthusiast and poorest performer," but looking at his record, there are those who might doubt this statement.