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The editors of Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961) have been doing their best, where more conservative lexicographers might pause, to keep their big book open for useful new words that get caught up on the airwaves of American conversation. Here we offer Webster's half a dozen words that have popped up since the 1961 edition—all from one story in this issue (page 60)—along with some brief clues:

•gremmie (a certain kind of outdoor type, pejorative)
•hot-dogger (a superior type)
•beach bunny (a species of girl)
•wahine (a very different species)
•woody (it has four wheels)
•surfing (seems here to stay)

Our story, which begins on page 60, is about surfing itself—more particularly, the kind of people who are captivated by it and the way they dress for it. We publish the story—as we publish other periodic reports under the department heading SPORTING LOOK—because of a conviction that sport involves style, both in the broader sense of that word and in the narrower sense, i.e., being outfitted in a good one. Senior Editor Fred R. Smith and Staff Writer Jo Ahern Zill found their news on the beaches of Hawaii and California, with West Coast documentation in color and black and white from Photographer Elliott Erwitt. We submit that even readers who think of themselves chiefly as hardcore specialists in baseball or boxing or horse racing may appreciate the information.

In the decade of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S magazine history, Fred Smith and his associates have filled close to 1,000 pages with the special news of SPORTING LOOK. Volume I, No. 1 reported on the sports car crowd at a race at Chanute Field, Ill. Since then Smith's beat has been the world, and SPORTING LOOK has found stories in 30 states and so many foreign countries that Smith has latterly been appointed Travel Editor as well.

Smith's own lifetime travels began in Alabama, where he was born and where he earned an A.B. (in journalism) and an M.A. (in English literature) at the University of Alabama, with time out for World War II service as a B-29 navigator for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Clutching his degrees, he made for New York in 1948 and settled down to the double life of a reader-reviewer for the Book-of-the-Month Club and an associate editor of True. He joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in its prepublication days. As our man in charge of SPORTING LOOK, Smith has to compete for space with a battery of staff colleagues advancing the claims of their own departments. "We are never guaranteed a certain number of pages or stories a week, a month or a year," he says. "Each SPORTING LOOK or TRAVEL story has to stand on its own merit. And that's the way we want it." Working in Smith's behalf is another conviction here at SI: his very special beats keep our very special readers in touch with some of the brightest areas of modern living and leisure.

Early this month Smith's alma mater, the University of Alabama, called him back to make a Journalism Day address to undergraduates. Then the university handed him his third Alabama sheepskin: "To Frederick Rutledge Smith, selected as the 1964 Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Journalism, for his contributions to his profession."