In these early beginnings Don Winton literally ran the meets himself, watering the runways and circles, marking the distance lines in white, officiating, measuring and timing. He called and received calls from athletes to keep everyone abreast of the latest meet developments.
With efficiency and adherence to detail, the emphasis was on making a meet designed for the athlete. The All Comers trend started by Mr. Winton has mushroomed all over the country and has made late-summer track competitions a permanent thing. At the present time the All Comers draw upward of 150 competitors each Friday evening at Arroyo High School in El Monte, Calif. It's only logical to figure that without these meets many of these competitors might easily have had their attention diverted to less socially acceptable activities.
Hats off and a pat on the back to him. There is no greater devotee of this wonderful sport than Don Winton.
?Fortune Gordien—a Strider himself—is current holder of the world record in the discus, pending recognition of Edmund Piatowski's 196-foot 6-inch throw.—ED.
GOOD NEWS FROM CANDLESTICK PARK
As architect for the San Francisco Stadium I am concerned by your inference that we forgot to provide a backstop (EVENTS & DISCOVERIES, Aug. 24).
Several years ago the voters of San Francisco passed a bond issue for $5 million for a multi-use stadium, with the understanding that every effort be made to bring a major league baseball team out here to play. Things went along very nicely, and we are now very fortunate in having the Giants well established here.
However, in the design of the stadium and in the financing of the stadium we were constantly reminded by all of the officials involved that this was to be a multi-use stadium, and it is laid out for baseball, football, boxing and track. Had the stadium been completed later this year, say in October, I am certain that people would be criticizing us for not having installed goal posts. All of these items were to have been provided by the Park and Recreation Department in their negotiations with the tenants, and as long as six or eight months ago we listed these items in a memorandum to the Park and Recreation Department of the City and County of San Francisco.
The facts are that for over a year and a half now Charley Harney and I have known that no backstop was to be provided under the plans we have prepared or by the contract he was to perform. For your own information however, a separate contract has been awarded and the backstop and foul-line poles will be in. You might also like to know that these cost $8,500 rather than $45,000. It sounds as though we were trying to gild the lily out here in the way of a backstop.
JOHN S. BOLLES
OUR WELL-TRAVELED READERS
I read with much interest your article on Boris Lissanevitch and the Yak & Yeti club in Katmandu, Nepal (EVENTS & DISCOVERIES, July 27). You may be interested in publishing a photograph of him (in center of picture below) and three tigers taken in Assam in 1945 on a shoot I had with him. He is a fine big-game hunter, but where I got to know him best as a shooter and companion was floundering around in the snipe bogs near Calcutta, where we hit, missed and fell with about equal regularity.