Looking back for Aug. 7, 1958


World's swimming record set by girl who practiced here

— Sylvia Ruuska, daughter of swimming coach Mr. Ruuska, was in town with the highly successful Berkley YMCA girl's team Monday after setting one world record and three United States records at the national meet in Topeka, Kan.

Sylvia won the meet by an eight point spread over her nearest rival. She finished first in the medley event for the world record and set U.S. records for the 400-meter freestyle, the 100-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter butterfly event. Her time of 20:34.6 won her another first in the 1500-meter freestyle race.

The swim coach stopped by with his team for a second practice session at the Steamboat outdoor pool as he was headed back to California. He said he liked the pool and he had made a special trip to use its facilities.

Sunday, Don Johnson, a champion Olympic swimmer who is working at Dillon Rich's elevator while staying in Steamboat, gave a fine exhibition of his swimming prowess before a large group of interested spectators.

Johnson showed his latest innovations in swimming for speed and amazed onlookers with his ability.

Two incidents marred a good weekend at the pool. Lynn rich dove too deep and gashed her nose, requiring several stitches. Later in the afternoon, Jim Barrows, in attempting a backflip from the low diving board, struck his head on the board. He suffered a slight concussion and injured his nose in the accident.

More building activity than last year

Money invested in building and repairs in Steamboat Springs the first six months of this year was almost one-half more than that invested in 1957 for the same purpose.

Close to $100,000 has been estimated as the cost of the Hillcrest apartments on 11th Street, Walt Webber's home on Fifth and Oak, Bob Gleason's home next to Wes Paulson's house and Carl Ramunno's home on the northeast corner of town. The sum includes $13,000 in repair work.

Last year there was not a single new home built in Steamboat. The Lutheran church, estimated at $20,000, the county garage, for $24,000 and the Chevron station, for $11,000, comprised the cost of new construction in town. A little costlier repair work was done in 1957, estimated at $24,000.

Shakespeare might be surprised if he'd seen play

Shakespeare might have been surprised to see the version of his comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," dreamed up by Barney Brown and the Perry-Mansfield actors and dancers and presented in the Perry-Mansfield theater festival Aug. 1 and 3.

Mr. Brown directed a 20th century conception of the work. The background music, arranged by Gale Peterson, brought Oberon, king of the fairies, and Titania, his queen, on to the stage in bop rhythm.

The comic elements of the plot were brought out in brilliant style, with the capacity audiences on both nights thoroughly enjoying the bewilderment of Lysander and Demetrius, the two young lovers, who both pursue Hermia at first, and then, due to the magic herb administered to them by Puck, both desert Hermia in favor of her friend Helena. The subplot, dealing with the venture of the proletariat into theatricals, with Bottom the weaver and his company rehearsing in the forest and becoming involved in the feuds of the invisible fairies, earned the greatest number of laughs, as it has since Shakespeare wrote this play.

The cast, a large one, maintained the Perry-Mansfield tradition of dramatic skill.


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