You head your story "The Night 10 Americans Got Clobbered"(Nov. 13)! What a misnomer. This was the night America itself got clobbered and not by the British alone.
It is criminal to send an unconditioned boxer out to compete against another who is in prime condition. If one of the American lads had been killed or seriously injured, the sport of boxing would have been criticized, not the officials.
Secretary, National Intercollegiate
Boxing Coaches Association
Although I do not advocate that only those men and women who appear to be unbeatable should be sent to represent this country in competition abroad, I cannot conceive that any advertisement of American sports could be poorer than to have permitted those 10 American boxers to enter an English ring clothed only in donated equipment and six-month-old national titles. It would have been better for Manager Taylor to have organized this junket on a skipping rope rather than a shoestring.
ALLEN P. ROSENBERG
Congratulations on Football from the Cradle (Nov. 13). Massillon can serve as an example to all communities that community pride begins with the youth.
JOHN E. GRAHAM
I wonder if any of the football-fed kids in Massillon can ever know the thrill of going from door to door, pleading with mothers for release from Saturday chores, talking the neighborhood gas station man into patching the old football one more time and playing on the corner lot.
Wichita Falls, Texas
Football from the Cradle turned my stomach. I gathered that by the time a Massillon, Ohio boy enters high school, he is playing football the way an electronic data-processing machine spills forth data, with no mistakes and without thinking. But do these kids have any fun?
I'm glad that my son will have the opportunity to play and enjoy football. He will make mistakes, learn many lessons, but will have fun while he is a boy. He probably will never forget football, but he will outgrow it and become a man, not a robot.
If the mechanical kids from Massillon lose a ball game, I'm sure many parents will stop speaking to the kids, the town will be in a state of shock and the steel mill will be draped in black.
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Until I read your article on the town of Massillon's concern with high school football, I agreed in principle with the idea that man was reasonably well along the road of evolution. It appears that this town just swung out of the trees onto the football field.
TIMOTHY B. HOWE
New Haven, Conn.
What of the poor teachers in this enlightened community who must contend with 80 band members, seven cheerleaders and untold numbers of players, all of whom are spending from 15 to 21 hours a week in activities related to football? Can they assign homework and expect it to be completed?
LORICE M. FERGUSON