AMBASSADOR IN CHECK
I was astounded and ashamed to read about our chess champion Bobby Fischer. His comments on the character of Mr. Tal are childish. Whether he likes it or not, Bobby Fischer is an ambassador of the U.S. Admittedly a tremendously talented chess player, Bobby nevertheless has a great deal to learn about the other spheres of life, of which there are many (whether he realizes it or not).
W. GERALD SKEY
Your article on young chess deity Bobby Fischer was an outstanding job of biography. Regardless of how one feels about Bobby personally, it should be readily admitted that he possesses potential greatness in the chess world and perhaps something of lasting value in the more human realm, too.
PROGRESS AND PLUNDER
Congratulations on the amazingly accurate and excellent writing by Coles Phinizy in The Savers vs. the Spoilers (Jan. 16).
JOHN M. ANDERSON
Port Clinton, Ohio
Why must progress always be measured in terms of huge ugly cities, a bulging population, production of steel and automobiles, construction of dams, soil put to the plow, bushels of excess corn and all the other phony indices, including successful rockets?
It would seem that a better measure of progress would be in terms of stable population, unpolluted streams, wilderness areas, undrained prairie potholes, beautiful forests, a cool mountain pool, an abundance of fish and wildlife, and a place in nature where man can be at peace with himself in this confused world.
H. RODNEY MILLER
When you put together the articles about Bill Veeck's aversion to neckties, and the Toronto Maple Leafs and their minked box-seat patrons, you hit the nail on the head (SCORECARD, Jan. 23). Besides guarding against becoming "physically soft," we must also guard against a deterioration in traditional dressing habits.
If Bill Veeck's mother-in-law would be good enough to give him a snappy tie for a birthday present, I think he would wear it with her blessing, and dress up like a successful businessman should.
BILL OF RIGHTS?
I agree wholeheartedly with Billy Talbert concerning the merger of amateur and pro tennis (The Cup Runneth Out, Jan. 16). If tennis dies nationally it will die in the individual. We amend the Constitution of the U.S., so why not the Davis deed of gift?
CHARLES J. KELLY
You state " America's 73rd indoor track season opens..." (Olympians Indoors, Jan. 16). This is the 93rd indoor track season.