Here in Oregon we are extremely proud of our homegrown athletes, especially one Terry Baker. I would like to express thanks for your extreme foresight in naming him "The Best Athlete in College" in an issue last year (October 16, 1961). Prior to your article, Oregon athletes were just "also rans" regardless of the large number presently in professional basketball and football.
Now, finally, the Heisman Trophy award has broken the geographical barrier and concurred with your article of a year ago. In these times of high-pressure athletics it is hard to find an athlete and scholar such as Terry Baker.
K. H. WHITMAN
?We agree. See cover and page 16.—ED.
WONKS AND PREPPIES
Nine long rahs for Robert Boyle and The Harvards and the Yales (Dec. 17).
Come to think of it, when I was in college we had clubbies, jocks, preppies and wonks, too, but we didn't call them that, and their names were pronounceable.
In my day football was borghese. How could it help but be? You could count the number of games we lost or tied in the span of four years on the fingers of one hand. The varsity was almost entirely composed of preppies, many of whom were also clubbies. Stan Pennock, the best guard we ever had, was also a wonk. The poor guy was killed performing a chemistry experiment. We had five men on the 1914 All-America team. Eddie Mahan was the best running back in the country. For Tack Hardwick, bless his soul, football was borghese all year round. He once said that he would jump off the Washington Monument if Percy Haughton told him to.
I think that football at Harvard is in pretty healthy condition right now, thanks largely to Coach Yovicsin. Maybe Rick Beizer will be telling his children about that 50-yard runback he made at Franklin Field a year ago and omit any discussion of Elvis Presley and Plato. I bet that was borghese to him.
ROBERT W. WOOD JR.
Having been non-U my entire life, I humbly suggest your reporters concern themselves less with the self-conscious mewings of the Harvards, their tiddlywinks, light touch-tacklers and shy but acne-faced football team and more with such solid sports as model train construction (HO), water ballet and cut the pie.
LLOYD H. SELBY
We have institutions for preppies, wonks, clubbies, etc. out here, too, but we call them state hospitals.
A. C. WILBER
Port Clinton, Ohio
Congratulations on an outstanding effort to misrepresent life at Harvard.
MICHAEL F. HOLLAND