Contestants line up for 7th annual barrel-jumping event at Grossinger's Resort in the Catskill Mountains, near the Village of Liberty, New York. They skate toward the camera. Spectators watch the event. Behind them is posted a contestant's name, "Coallier," and the mumber of barrels he will attempt to jump (14). Officials in striped shirts stand near a line of barrels as a skater Speeds toward them and clears all but the last and falls upon landing. Another skater tries, but lands in the midst of the barrels. Several more barrel jumpers are seen, most failing to clear all the barrels in their attempts. But even those who do, end up sliding across the ice into barriers designed to cushion their impact. Finally, the defending champ, Leo Lebel, of Hartford, Connecticut, who also won in 1956, clears 16 barrels to win the event. (Note: Leo Lebel went on to win this event in 1958 and 1959, as well.)
U.S. Reconnaissance Unit marines receiving underwater training at the U.S. Navy submarine school, New London, Groton, Connecticut. Inside the Buoyant Ascent, Submarine Escape Training Tower, marines equipped with breathing apparatus and flotation collars, are seen rising to the surface of the tank. Glimpse of a submarine on surface of water. Inside the submarine, marines in a platoon, assigned to a team, are briefed by an officer. Then the NCO in charge, carrying his swimming flippers, leads his team into the escape trunk, for their first training mission. View of the marines as water rises around them. Then they are seen making buoyant ascents from the submarine, with bubbles trailing as they rise. View at surface as the team members reach it. The team swims toward shore, pulling their equipment in waterproof bags. They land on a beach, and sweep away any landing marks in the sand. Inland, a team member removes a submachine gun from its waterproof bag. He gives the gun to another marine, fully dressed in camouflage fatigues,
Aerial view of 1950's automobiles parked outside Burdine Stadium (later the Miami Orange Bowl) in Miami, Florida. Fans of both Duke University (Blue Devils) and University of Oklahoma (Sooners) football teams entering the stadium at entrance gates. View at gates as tickets are checked. A fan tries on a festive hat. View of the field with marching bands on it during their show, displaying a large American flag formation. View of fans in the stadium. Some Oklahoma Sooners fans wearing cowboy hats. 1958 college football Orange Bowl game gets underway. Scenes from the game, crowd cheering, band and cheerleaders performing at half time and from sidelines.
Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.
Volunteers provide education to the mentally retarded children in Connecticut, United States. A map hung on a wall. Narrator mentions that in 1959 the Connecticut Legislature created the State Office of Mental Retardation. Mr. Bert Schmikel, Head,of that office, points at the map and expresses his views about education for the mentally retarded children. Several children around a table. A woman helps them. A child tries to wear shoes. Another child wears a cap. A man helps as some mentally retarded children get off a car. A bespectacled boy with the American Flag. A mentally retarded girl and a black American boy. Two ladders placed horizontally on a table. The ladders are placed side by side in such a way that the rungs of the two ladders do not correspond to each other. A girl walks by placing her feet between the rungs of the ladders. A woman teaches needlework to a boy. A retarded girl fiddles with the zip of the hood of a boy's coat. A man stands nearby.
'Pattern for the Nation' depicts mental retardation in children. Paul W. Morenzi, President of Travelers Broadcasting Service Corporation speaks about television documentary programs concerning mental retardation and describes the progress being made in the State of Connecticut.. Mentally retarded persons are shown performing in an orchestra. Various mentally retarded people and children celebrate. A mentally retarded boy. Mentally retarded children in a classroom. A woman discusses the problems of having a retarded child. President Kennedy is heard speaking about the problem of mental retardation. Connecticut's Deputy Health Commissioner, Bert Schmikel, who is in charge of the State's program speaks. A nurse with a toddler. A training institute for teaching mentally retarded children.