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A couple of adolescents, young Joe Kennedy and a bull calf, were mixing it up in Seville last week. During a pre-branding roundup the late Senator's son cited the calf with a muleta, lanced it with a pic and then "dispatched" it by wrestling it to the ground—not classic, perhaps, but effective.

Washington's Governor Dan Evans recently descended Mount Adams on the seal of Ins pants, perhaps because 12,307 feet is really too high a hill for even a big boy to haul his sled up. Governor Evans and State House Majority Leader Slade Gorton were among the first of 347 climbers to make it to the top of Mount Adams in the third annual mass climb. It is a nontechnical ascent, more of a vertical hike than a climb, and 502 people undertook it this year. They started at 1 a.m., strung out in a procession several miles long, tramping across vast snow-fields in brilliant moonlight. By midmorning most of them were still tramping, but Evans, who has been a mountain climber for 26 sears, had nipped up Mount Adams in eight hours and was already sliding back down.

"At first all the natives up here wanted to ride in it. Now they're used to it," observed Paul Gimbel recently. Paul is a Gimbel of the Gimbel's Gimbels, and "it" is a German-made amphibious automobile, which they don't have too many of around Oquossoc, Me. Gimbel bought the car last spring after seeing it at Abercrombie & Fitch and has been driving in and out of Rangeley and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes ever since. He finds it more useful for shopping and picking up the mail in Haines Haines than for fishing, and no wonder when one visualizes fishing out the window of a Volkswagen, which the car resembles. "The fish-and-game warden in Rangeley said that I didn't need a boat license," Gimbel recalls, "but the warden in Mooselookmeguntic said I did, so I got one." The car was used as the commodore's boat in the Sunfish Regatta a while ago, being faster than the boats, and on the fourth of July Gimbel was requested to drive it in the parade in nearby Farmington. As a native pointed out, "It was the only real float in the parade."

Washington has denied an alarming rumor to the effect that Smokey the Bear was about to be retired. Not the Smokes pictured on fire-prevention posters, which would have been tough enough at a time when we've also got the Esso tiger to worry about, but the real Smokey. The real Smokes is a tire-orphaned cub who has been in residence for years at the Washington national zoo. Rumor had it that at 18 he was over the hill and the zoo planned to replace him with some ursine teeny bopper, some obnoxious cub, probably, that goes around saying, "You can't trust a bear over 7." Well, we can relax. "Smokey has a full life ahead of him," announced Thomas Reed, director of the zoo. "He's in good health He could be considered middle-aged, but I'm 47 myself and I feel fine." A spokesman for the Interior Department spoke even more vigorously. "What in hell do they mean, retire the bear? All he's doing is just sitting out there in a cage. Do they want us to give him a gold watch?"

Back in 1964 LIFE Magazine, in an article about famed Austrian Conductor Herbert von Karajan, respectfully mentioned his two swimming pools, 1,000-hp twin turboprop Beechcraft plane, 300-hp Ferrari, Porsche 120, Jaguar 250, Bertram-25 power boat and a 30-foot sailboat, but not his skis and other relatively inexpensive sporting equipment with which he surrounds himself. Von Karajan, now 60, also rides a motorcycle and has just bought an eight-meter yacht—sister ship of the Tina, winner of the One-ton Cup—to replace his "small family boat." Von Karajan is preparing his eight-meter for races with other yachts, but there will be no competition on the Helisara where, as he says, "I'm the only master on board, after God."

Actor Craig Stevens, who favors stricter gun-control laws (his alias, inconveniently, is Peter Gunn), recently spoke up in praise of restrictions he encountered in Japan on entering that country with a high-caliber rifle for an American Sportsman episode "When the gun was mentioned eyes bugged out at the airport, and the chief of police was called," Stevens said. "The police department took all the guns until we passed tests, including one on how to use the weapons, a test identifying animals, a test on hunting laws—and a sainty test."

Another actor who favors more gun laws is Warren Beatty. He spoke recently in Candlestick Park and at the Cow Palace urging support of gun-control legislation. Some fans at the ball park applauded, but there were also some boos, and Beatty was reported to have been a little disturbed by the latter. Half the country seems to be mad at him for portraying a wild gunman in Bonnie and Clyde, and now the other half is mad because he wants legislation to help disarm wild gunmen.