Though his knee was bothering him at the time and the climate and diet were certainly far from conducive to athletic performance, he unselfishly agreed to demonstrate most of his events—even hurdling. He played volleyball with the students and took part in a softball game—all at the risk of further aggravating his injury.
The really remarkable thing was that at that time Rafer's name was not well known in Pakistan. He captivated the people not because of his reputation but through the quiet force of his personality.
Hail to Rafer Johnson—not only a real American sportsman but an outstanding member of the human race! If we could only send ambassadors like Rafer to every country in the world, the prestige of the U.S. would rise to an all-time high.
Track Coach, Memorial H. S.
SKATING: FUN FOR ALL
Congratulations on your latest right inside sweep for the whole family. I am referring, of course, to the two-part article by Maribel Vinson on figure skating (SI, Dec. 22 & Jan. 5).
The text by Mary Snow and the drawings by Robert Riger are so easy to follow that even this mother was inspired to try a shaky leg on the frozen ponds. Father and four lively children are enthusiastically deep in Mohawks and sweeps.
Let's have some more of these illustrated fundamentals of sports that all the family can actually try out step by step. They build our appreciation of a sport and encourage our participation.
MRS. EDWARD J. EDMUNDS
West Harwich, Mass.