WHERE WERE HER FEATS?
David Richardson's article On to Australia! (SI, April 4), did not mention the feats of America's javelin champion, Karen Anderson. This girl's story is one of the best to come out of the Pan-American Games, as she only began to throw the javelin last summer.
With only five weeks' instruction by Boo Morcom, former New Hampshire track great and Assistant Track Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Karen won the National AAU outdoor championship at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with a toss of 127 feet one inch. In Mexico, Karen threw the javelin a hefty 161' 1�" to a new Pan-American record.
Only 16 years old, Karen needs only 6 feet to break the Olympic record. We feel she will do it in the Olympic Games in Australia.
WM. DEAN BUFFINGTON
NEVER THE NATIONAL SPORT BUT...
I read Mr. Kane's story, The Amateurs Don't Groan (SI, April 18), through to the end. I found it clear and concise, yet comprehensive. It is certainly the best thing that has been published about amateur wrestling in a long time.
Because we Americans are the kind of people we are, wrestling will never become the national sport, yet it does deserve a better place in our schools and colleges for the tremendous good it is doing and can do for men and boys.
If these parents to whom Mr. Kane refers as refusing their sons permission to take part in the sport could be brought to read this article, I am sure it would have great influence in changing their decision. I have the feeling that many of them obtain their education in that line from what comes to them by TV.
It might surprise you to know that most of the grunt-and-groaners you see on your screen would much prefer to be wrestling on the level and to stick to straight wrestling. But promoters have found out that most fans do not want the real thing but an act. I speak from personal experience, having been both a wrestler and a promoter.
Director of Athletics
ONE EASY LESSON
This is the first real article on amateur wrestling that I have ever seen come out in a national widely read publication. In my opinion the article has been very well prepared by Mr. Kane. It is short, concise and to the point—no beating around the bush—it's a quick course in "how to understand amateur wrestling in one easy lesson." It certainly should serve as an eye opener for the "channel changing" public if they'll only take time to read it. Still there will be those who will scoff at "only" nine minutes of wrestling—"Why, only last night Ollie the Ogre and Vernon the Vermin rasseled one hour to a draw."...
ALDEN H. BURNHAM
University of Delaware
SO I SIMMERED HIM DOWN
Late yesterday evening the telephone rang with that persistent raucousness Long Distance uses as a signal in this village. I took down the receiver.
"Mother?" It was the excited voice of my 17-year-old son calling from St. Andrew's School, Sewanee, Tenn. "I know this is expensive, but I had to let you know right away.... I just came from the bookstore, and I was looking at a magazine, a real sports magazine, and plastered all over the bottom of two pages are pictures of Sam, my brother Sam, in wrestling holds. I got the mag right here in my hand. Mother, you just got to see them."