By People Staff
April 29, 1974 12:00 PM

Ssssspecial friends

It was hardly the kind of job most people would volunteer for. But when Tom Stamp, a biology instructor in Toledo, Ohio, was asked to cart some snakes out of a well to a nearby wood where they could control the rat population, he threw himself into the job with gusto. Few human beings can bring themselves to touch a snake, much less lie down and wrestle with a mound of bull snakes, harmless as they may be. Tom seemed greatly amused, a sentiment which few of his friends may be inclined to share once they see this grisly photograph.

A supportive den

In a show of Scout solidarity—nonsexist variety—male members of Cub Scout Den 842 in Coppell, Texas surround 8-year-old Carrie Grosman, the first girl ever to seek membership in the Boy Scouts. Carrie, who qualified for both a Bobcat and a Wolf Merit Badge in her unofficial three-month attendance at Cub Scout meetings, plans to fight the decision of Boy Scout leaders to deny her promotion because of her sex. Clearly earning Fair Play Badges, her male colleagues have refused to accept Boy Scout status unless Carrie gets hers too.

Kroc, as in crocodile

Ray Kroc, chief of McDonald’s hamburger chain, has made a success of being blunt and to the point. That may work with the short order business, but it doesn’t seem to apply to baseball. Kroc recently bought the San Diego Padres, but when he witnessed their fourth straight loss, he could stand it no longer. “That’s stupid ballplaying,” Kroc shrieked over the stadium PA system which he had commandeered. That may well have been, but Kroc’s saying so outraged the players. Even the normally somnambulant baseball commissioner’s office called upon the owner to apologize.

Confident Connally

Judging from his jaunty mien, former Treasury Secretary John Connally may indeed have felt the milk of human kindness course through his veins as he departed his Washington hotel. But the important question—at least the one puzzling the Watergate grand jury—was whether money from the U.S. milk industry had coursed too kindly through Connally’s hands in 1971. Says Connally of allegations that he had accepted and then returned $10,000 in milk money: “Any suggestion of bribery is just preposterous.”