NEW TRIER'S NEIGHBORS
Arlie Schardt's Big Noise from Winnetka (SI, April 3) was tremendous. New Trier deserved the honors, and it should show the rest of the high school boys the country over that boys can do a man's job, too.
North Hollywood, Calif.
Perhaps the greatest factor in New Trier's success is the fierce competition afforded it by neighboring archrival Evanston High School.
When these two powerhouses meet head on there are more college coaches than spectators watching the action, and records fall like ten pins.
...Evanston Coach Burton's saga is made even more compelling by the fact that he didn't start with the "biggest indoor pool in the country." Instead Burton inherited a nominally interested group of basketball and football players just filling out their spring sport elective and a frothy YMCA pool located two miles from the school to work them in.
The Dalles, Ore.
The only prep swim team in the nation that could beat New Trier is Los Altos High School. The big star at Los Altos is Steve Clark, who set two national marks at the AAU meet in New Haven (An Even Dozen in the Yale Pool, April 10).
Steve is the top student in the school and president of the student body as well.
Palo Alto, Calif.
CALL HIM CARL
Thanks for the great article on Carl Yastrzemski, one of the brightest young stars ever to come from Long Island ("In Left Field for Boston...," April 3). You might be interested to know that while in high school Carl set a Suffolk County basketball scoring record that has yet to be broken.
JOHN KARANIK JR.
Huntington Station, N.Y.
It was about time someone printed a pronunciation guide for that upcoming headliner Carl Yastrzemski. Congratulations for being the first.
TED ROSEN JR.
George Plimpton's Dream of Glory on the Mound (April 10) was a dream (or nightmare) come true for all of us frustrated Walter Mittys. But who is this guy who for "reasons of his own" could actually put his dream to the test and tell of it so effectively? Is he a famed athlete in disguise?
New York City
?Far from it. The doughty Mr. Plimpton, son of a prominent New York lawyer, banker and philanthropist, is himself a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard (1948), where he was an eager intramural pitcher as he also was in the Army. He is a jack-of-all-journalism with a weakness for basic research. His work has appeared often in these pages (The Vanderbilt Story, Oct. 15, 1956, et seq.), and his other literary accomplishments include helping to found and edit the avant-garde Paris Review in France.—ED.