HAPPY KNOLL'S FAMILIAR PROBLEMS
How we chuckle over the events at Happy Knoll! As my husband is a member of the board of directors of the Elmira Country Club, many of Happy Knoll's problems are all too familiar to him. Many times he has expressed a desire to apply for membership so I am asking you to accept the enclosed contribution for the U.S. Olympic Fund and consider his application.
I'll try and round up references, if you need them.
MRS. JOHN DOYLE
?Another record Olympic week for Happy Knoll's Olympic Fund. Thanks also to: Guy Tunnicliffe, East Lansing, Mich.; A. R. Hughes, Chicago; Estelle Lathrop, Frank G. Newcomer, Westbury, N.Y.; Lionel Dannick, Bowling
Green, Ohio; Chester D. Haywood, Worcester, Mass.; James Trelease, North Plainfield, N.J.; Frank E. Sandretto, Valley Springs, Calif.; R.W. Perisin, Chicago; Mrs. W. Schluter, Mission, Kansas; Robert Beckner, New York; Rene J. Tritschler, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Wanda Evans, Everett, Wash.; F. W. Hedrick, West Chester, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. James Castellaw, Atlanta; Charles S. Thomas, El Paso; Benjamin Bell, Quincy, Calif.; John Haas, Gettysburg, Pa.; Russell Smith, Houston; Florence Morton, Grimes, Calif.; Jack Liberatore, San Mateo, Calif.; Gwendolyn Schoonmaker, Ware, Mass.; James Schmitt, McKeesport, Pa.; Mrs. G. W. Hanscomb, Englewood, Fla.; Theodor Miller, Northampton, Mass.; Todd Fandell, Boston; Jerry Pfeiffer, St. Louis; and Major Wesley Young Jr., Tokyo.—ED.
THEIR OUTLOOK ON LIFE
I have just finished reading Seth Kantor's article on Dutch Meyer (SI, Nov. 14). For a comparison of his outlook on life I went back and read again the article on Frank Leahy (SI, Oct. 31). These two men are training boys and their influence will be felt for a lifetime. I would rather have a son of mine be a water boy for Meyer than a star for Leahy.
Mr. Leahy is actually proud that he trained boys to take advantage of a rule that was designed for the protection of boys. Mr. Leahy discussed in part "the feigning of injuries that caused so much discussion in the Iowa game of 1953—although Iowa had done it the week before..." Surely Mr. Leahy did not expect anyone with a memory to believe such a statement. Iowa had played Minnesota and Purdue in the two games just before the Notre Dame game and had beaten Purdue 26-0 and Minnesota 27-0. Why would an Iowa player take a chance of losing his hide to Coach Evashevski or bring bad publicity to his school by feigning injury when leading by such scores?
Mr. Leahy might salve his ego by trying to say that everyone was doing it but his church leaders and the head people of Notre Dame were not pleased with the type of publicity he got by tying Iowa with his win-by-any-method play.
YOU HAVE SEALED MY OPINION
Congratulations on your
Ohio State Story (SI, Oct. 24). The day your article hit the newsstands in Columbus, a Columbus radio sports editor came forth with high praise for your objective news reporting and said, "This is probably the best article ever written in SI since it was first published, and I recommend this article for your reading."
Since that publication, out-of-town newspapers have been heaping abuse upon the "professional football" player at Ohio State and other aspects of the situation. Immediately, Columbus sports editors, both radio and newspaper, including the same radio sports editor, have come to the defense of Ohio State, saying that your article, along with those written by the out-of-town newspapers, did not know whereof it spoke. Columbus sports reporters seem to be the only ones who know the truth about Ohio State, and all other writers are merely "witch hunting" to fill their columns. Columbus may be "the football capital of the world," as it claims to be, but it also must lay claim to being "the capital of poor sportsmanship and bad losers of the world."
GEORGE H. FISHE
We read your description of Bob Pellegrini (SI, Nov. 7) and, as a class of majors in health and physical education, we were shocked at the implied ideas.
First of all, your article suggested that all football players are made up of muscular strength and nothing else, and that all schools cater to football players just for the glory they bring to the school.