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No suds, no gunk, no garbage

Cruise the world, says the Seven Seas Cruising Association, but "Leave A Clean Wake." The Fort Lauderdale-based association boasts more than 5,000 members around the world, sailors who pass along useful knowledge from their voyages that follow the SSCA's environmentally attuned philosophy. Association members contribute to the monthly Commodore's Bulletin, available from the SSCA, 521 S Andrews Ave., Suite 8, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Dive! Dive! Dive!

The gurgling noises you hear are crews heading toward the finish line. Fifty teams are competing this week in the Third International Submarine Races off Fort Lauderdale. No, no. no. These are not the races you went to watch during high school. These are teams of inventors, researchers, university types, corporate folks and, yes, some high schoolers from around the world who are are into human-powered submarines. Judges not only consider speed (someone surely will crack the 4.71-knot mark over the 400-meter course) and design, but innovation. Couch admirals will enjoy the expanded underwater television coverage that allows spectators to view the action on large screens in onshore tents and hotels. That should help spectators because all the action is 20 feet under.

The week that was

The year is 1962: Amid news of a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing into allegations of collusion between the American Guild of Variety Artists and some Miami nightclub operators, including the proliferation of B-girls (short for bar girls) who entice customers to buy them costly drinks, Pinellas authorities say the problem doesn't exist in their county. "If we ever hear of any B-girl activity, we'll clamp down immediately," said Madeira Beach Police Capt. Charles Gallagher. Sheriff Don Genung said, "We haven't had the first complaint." Twenty-nine Florida teachers start a three-week course preparing them to teach Americanism vs. Communism in the state's high schools. Scientists attending the 22nd annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists in Miami Beach learn of the Quartermaster Food and Container Institute for the Armed Forces breakthroughs in food irradiation. Scientists are told "Our soldiers in support areas will now be able to eat steak a year old that will be very wholesome, very palatable and as attractive as the freshest cuts available."

The week that is

Today: It's summer, officially, and it will be through Sept. 21. Tuesday: Beginning of the American Radio Relay League's Amateur Radio Week. Wednesday: Midsummer Day, celebrated in northern Europe and Scandinavia. Thursday: The Berlin Airlift began 45 years ago and lasted 321 days. Friday: Final NBC Late Night with David Letterman airs. Saturday: Miss Florida finals at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando. Sunday: You know the words. The melody behind Happy Birthday to You was written on this day in 1859.

Compiled by Robin Mitchell.

Credits: Chase's Annual Events and Times library assistant Mary Mellstrom.

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