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When the Montreal Canadiens invade New York's Madison Square Garden to engage the Rangers there is almost invariably a full house. When SPORTS ILLUSTRATED photographer Hy Peskin covers the Canadiens invading the Garden he is almost invariably out on the ice, at one point or another, moving in on the action when violence erupts.

Last Sunday a full house of 15,925 persons saw Peskin vault the boards and shuffle precariously toward one of the first-period melees in a tumultuous game which produced 19 penalties. Eyes on the fighting and hands on his camera, hurrying to change focus for close-in work, Peskin took a pratfall. At that instant the New York Times photographer John Orris clicked his shutter. Next morning readers of The Times saw this view {right) of the nation's most zealous sports photographer in a typically energetic if untypically off-balance attitude.

What The Times's readers did not see was the dramatic Garden panorama on these pages which Peskin had shot a few moments earlier. Using a technique and equipment never before applied to hockey, Peskin caught the full scene—crowd, belligerent players and both disdainful goalies—just before he vaulted to the ice. Peskin—a man who once scaled the 222-foot TV antenna atop the Empire State Building to shoot, from 1,472 feet, another photographer shooting New York, and once had himself dragged under water (he can't swim) to shoot a man fighting a giant turtle—used a superwide-angle Panon camera with a swinging, 140° lens. The picture was taken at 1/200 second at a setting of f4, covering two normal frames of high-speed 120 film.

By the way, the Rangers upset the Canadiens 2-1.

Photographer's upset is recorded by the New York Times man as Hy Peskin, saving his camera, slides past melee on the Garden's ice.


From Dallas to the Arabian Sea, from Yosemite to the Bahamas, girls were kissed, granite ridges were conquered, fish were hauled from salt water and some world travelers found a new home

Texas Record is established as a boy and girl meet at half time in the middle of the Cotton Bowl and, in front of 53,000 patient fans, kiss for one minute and 45.8 seconds. The stalwart lad is Texas A&M ROTC Commander Don Cloud; the stalwart lass is Aggie Sweetheart Millie Rowland. The big smooch is a traditional ceremony, and the ceremony has become more everlasting every year. This time the kiss was so protracted the 240-piece A&M military band marched off the field leaving the couple as lonesome as a pair of lonesome ends. Not to be outdone, Southern Methodist, A&M's rivals, set an endurance record of their own; their doughty band played Peruna, the SMU fight song, 382 times.

Summit of el capitan is reached after ascent of bare granite side in adventure that required 46 days, 625 pitons, 125 expansion bolts, 2,900 feet of nylon rope. Conquerors of the 3,564-foot monolith which rises from California's Yosemite Valley were a surveyor named Warren Harding, a student named Wayne Merry and a pharmacist named George Whitmore. Harding (left), Merry (coming over rim) and Whitmore (right) are the first men ever to climb the sheer flank of El Capitan—there is also an easy seven-mile back trail—perhaps the longest and most arduous feat of its kind in mountaineering history. The ascent was led by Harding, who remained on El Capitan the entire time, and Merry. Whitmore and a fourth climber, Richard Calderwood, who later decided to quit, took turns belaying but were mostly employed bringing up supplies. Technically, the climb was class 6 (direct aid): a sheer face which had to be mounted with pitons, slings and rope. Says Harding-It was dangle and whack." Why did he do it? "Egotism, I guess."

Victorious angler is Dr. Curtis L. Mendelson of Sands Point, N.Y. returning after day's campaign in the Caribbean off Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas. Sharing the victory are his wife Marie, who steered while her husband fought the fish on 130-pound test for 30 minutes, and Arnold Aderly. Mendelson undertook his feat to disprove the winter sportsman's notion that big fish are best caught from big boats. His boat was small—12 feet—but his fish was so big—498 pounds—the dock scales could not accommodate it; it was halved for weighing.

Wistful immigrants from the Belgian Congo, an infant male and an infant female mountain gorilla, cling each to each at New York's Bronx Zoo. The solicitous couple are the second and third of their species at the zoo. They came over in a wooden box, and when it was opened they were found inside with their arms around one another. When separated for physicals, they struggled and wailed piteously, but together again in a cage at the zoo hospital they embraced and ate some grapes.

"Gone fishing" might have been the message outside government offices in Karachi when Pakistan's new president, General Mohammed Ayub Khan (center) set sail upon the Arabian Sea with Vice-Admiral H. M. Siddiq Choudri, navy commander-in-chief; D. Nazir Ahmad, Atomic Energy Commission chairman; and Air Vice-Marshal M. Asghar Khan, air force commander-in-chief. Ayub caught a 30-pound king mackerel.

Wispy mustached disguises a will-o'-the-wisp young man; he is, and we wouldn't be fooling you, Ron Delany, the miler. Delany is presently taking his master's in drama and fine arts at Villanova, and here his director, Cecile Sullivan, is getting him ready for his role as Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion at nearby Rosemont College. "Ron is an actor," says Miss Sullivan proudly, "a born one. I believe he can do anything he wants to do."