While we as the governing body for more than 70,000 American Motorcycle Association members acknowledge the fact that Mr. Murray did an admirable job of factual reporting on the event, we'd like to present some additional facts and observations on our side of the story, too:
1) SPORTS ILLUSTRATED covered one event of the more than 3,000 sanctioned annually by the American Motorcycle Association.
2) The average motorcycle event, which ranges from competitive racing to sportsman events, actually affords thousands of motorcyclists a chance for healthful, wholesome recreation.
3) The reference to black denims or leathers, which has produced an unfortunate image in the eyes of the public, has its practical aspect, since nobody would expect a cyclist to traverse dusty desert trails in a business suit.
PANTS AND GASPS
One of the things I liked was the article on stretch pants and the Bogners by Roy Terrell (They Make the Pants, Feb. 6). Many thanks.
Mrs. FREDERIC C. HIRONS II
The first stretch ski pants ever introduced in the U.S. were manufactured and distributed by White Stag Manufacturing Co. in 1935. The fabric was called ski-o-twill and it was invented by Maurice Och of St. Moritz, Switzerland.
C. L. BAUM
You might be interested in the expression used hereabouts in reference to the boys ogling girls who are wearing Bogners—they are "stretch-panting."
Your excerpt of my letter re possible exploitation of Two-miler Bruce Kidd (19TH HOLE, Feb. 6) casts unintended and unjustified aspersions on Boston University's handling of High Jumper John Thomas. Exploitation of athletes is one of the greatest blots on the record of many colleges, but I certainly would not include Boston University in this category.
BAYLEY F. MASON
Here in Toronto we have been led to believe that Punch Imlach already has the best goalie, viz., Johnny Bower (Hero's Humiliation in Montreal, Feb. 6). Check the mid-season all-star team.
Anybody's grandmother can tend goal with a great defense like Montreal's. A goalie with a weak defense, who consistently turns in brilliant performances ( Gump Worsley, to be exact), is the best in my book.
New York City