Crew: The Wizard of Ugh

"If I ever have to hide from the cops," a fellow once said, "I have the spot picked out. I will try to win a position on a college crew, preferably in the center of the boat."

You can't even hide there any more, pal — at least not at the University of Pennsylvania. John McGinn, an old Penn coxswain and now a scientist in General Electric's laboratories at Valley Forge, Pa., has invented an electronic gizmo that enables Penn Coach Joseph Burk to tell at a glance in practice which of his oarsmen are pulling their weight — and which...

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