I simmered him down a little and said, "I want to see the pictures. Tell me the name of the magazine that has them."
He did. And then he said, "Mother, I wish you'd read the story. It's the best stuff I ever read on amateur wrestling. It's just what we have been trying to tell you all along, but we just couldn't make you see. It's a real fine story."
I drove to Deland, bought the last copy available at the magazine shop and turned to SI's article, The Amateurs Don't Groan. I enjoyed the action drawings of my son Sam, and I agree on the story. It made sense to me and came near explaining for the first time why two of our boys chose wrestling teams as their energy outlet and pleasure.
Though Tom wrestles on high school varsity at St. Andrew's and Sam wrestles on varsity at Columbia U., I've never seen a match. The few bouts I've had to see on TV sickened me and seemed bestial. So thank you for making me see what the amateur sport represents.
Orange City, Fla.
It was welcome news to read that we $2 bettors are in for a better break when we go racing in the future. But if racing is supposed to be the No. 1 paid spectator sport in America, shouldn't the attendance figure be closer to 30 million instead of three million?
F.H. VON STADE
?Yes, it should have been 30 million. Our proofreader has taken off his blinkers.—ED.
A TRUE PHOTOGRAPHER
In the April 11 issue of SI I read of the death of Camilla Koffler, better known as Ylla. She was a truly good photographer.
Would you please list the 12 books written by her?
?Harper & Brothers brought out Ylla's Two Little Bears; Animals in Africa; Cats; Dogs; They All Saw It; The Sleepy Little Lion; Tico-Tico; and The Duck. Animals was published by Hastings House; Big and Little: Animals by Scribner; and Dogs by Farrar, Straus: Two books appeared in England only. Ylla's Animals (Methuen) and Ylla's illustrations for Julian Huxley's Animal Language (Country Life Press).—ED.
YOU ADDED INSULT TO INJURY
I, for one, do not consider 52 words in your March 21st SCOREBOARD section to be sufficient coverage of the 200-mile American Motorcycle Association national championship race at Daytona Beach, Florida. Adding insult to injury, SI, April 4 features two pages on "Motorcyclists Choose Their New Queen," which is completely irrelevant to the more interesting and vital story of the races themselves.