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    It was a pleasant evening in late July when a whole camp was sitting on the guest lawn anxiously awaiting the commencement of "Operation Petticoat", when suddenly a series of loud gunshots rang out.  When all eyes returned to the movie screen, two words were flashing on it--COLOR WAR!
    The surprise of all the boys was great, with two of camp's closest companions, Al Pinsky and Joel Nadel, were named to pilot the red and grey teams respectively.  They immediately aroused their teams with the typical opening question--"Who's gonna when this color war?"  The three tensest days in camp, spirit, splendor and all, were here again.
    In an opening spirt the grey team emerged victorious in all but two events in the first morning's activities.  This overwhelming play secured a 47 to 12 lead for the Grey by noon.  Fearless, courageous, and powerful, the Red team brought there might to the fore by reversing the morning's trend.  This thrilling comeback brought the Red to within 14 points of the Grey.  This lead might have been lessened had it not been for Grey waiter Mike Hecht, who highlighted a tremendous softball encounter with a climatic home run which landed slightly shy of the parking lot.
    Entering the second day, I heard that six more points were chipped from the Grey's lead for inspection, decorum, and sportsmanship.  That morning both teams strained to the hilt but two points were gained by the Grey, giving them a ten point advantage.
    The tables were turned, however, that afternoon as the Reds were triumphant in every activity except for ping-pong.  Piling up points in great abundance, the Reds led by 32 points prior to the counselor volleyball game.  Emotions rose high as the Red won 5 points in the first game.  However, the Grays, in a stirring comeback, won the match 10 to 5.  That evening, in a stirring break, following the shot of a flaming arrow into a target, four boys portrayed famous Yeomen and spoke of their ideals.  The Reds became known as the Red Yeomen.
    The first event the following day was the Greys break in which a Greek Warrier raced up to the morning lineup in a chariot.  The Greys were thereafter known as the Grey Greeks.  Their enthusiasm soon wained, however, when they discovered that the round robin baseball game had been postponed due to rain.  But, to everyone's relief, an indoor track meet was substituted.  This provided more thrills been any previous event in color war.  The Greeks stormed back, waiting almost all events throughout the early part of the meet.  Before the senior dual, they found themselves only five points behind the Yeomen.  But alas for the Greeks the Yeomen captured all three senior events to take a 20 point lead.  The stage was now set for the grand finale to color war, the sing.
    After the team plaques were displayed, the boy's Grey March was sung.  Everyone agreed that it was one of the best ever heard a camp.  The Red March was also very powerful.  The Yeomen's alma mater, to the tune of the George Washington University alma mater, and that of the Greeks, set to the Battle Hymn of the Republic for most enjoyable.  Each comic song, as always, had the audience in stitches.  After hearing all of these songs, anyone can tell that the outcome would be extremely close.
    All returned to Boy's camp, suspenseful yet confident.  Arbitrator, Irwin Tobin then announced the results of the sing and then the final score.  The lead that the Red had on entering the sing proved too great for the Grey to overcome.  The Yeomen had beat the Greeks by a score of 383 to 377, and Color War of 1961 had come to a close.

Ira Leibowitz