The Press: In Iowa

The smart set of Des Moines (pop. 148,900), biggest city in Iowa, often amuse themselves with a parlor game: a modern variation of famed tiddledywinks. An ashtray is placed on the floor. The players (any number from two to eight), equipped with dimes and quarters, squat. In turn, they use their quarters to try to flick their dimes into the ashtray in a graceful arc. It is a game requiring firm thumbs, keen eyes. It was invented by that skillful player, John Cowles, 29, who is to Des Moines what a dynamo is to...