Thank you for a wonderful Christmas present—Catherine Drinker Bowen's Our Heritage of Boldness (Dec. 24). I wish every child in America could read it. It has the surge and vitality of America. And it also has the wonderful old-fashioned patriotism. Most magazine articles criticize and belittle. We need more of such shining faith in our creed and our destiny. Even the prevalentcynics must applaud Mrs. Bowen, for she does not gloss over our mistakes—just puts them in perspective without apology.
Seal Beach, Calif.
In trying to sum up the essential character of the Bold American we would do well to remember these words of Theodore Roosevelt: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
JOHN A. STAPLES
Catherine Drinker Bowen is distinctly a product of the exploits of boldness described in her own essay, for she recently dared to tread where no woman had. This past October she became the very first woman in the 97-year history of Lehigh University, where only men are admitted to its colleges, to deliver the commencement address and to receive an honorary degree at Founder's Day exercises.
In her address she said, "Your 'Intellectual Man' is of all people a searcher after reality, a man who runs headlong into life, not away from it."
SAMUEL I. CONNOR
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED scored high in the opinion and memories of many of us young oldtimers by including, all in one issue (Dec. 24), Our Heritage of Boldness by Catherine Drinker Bowen; The Non-organization Boy; and Frank Merriwell's Triumph by Robert H. Boyle. My compliments to all three of your authors.
The first one inspired us, and the others aroused pleasant memories.
I could add to the homemade concoctions diagramed for non-organization boys. Say, the wooden barrel-stave coasters, for use on snow-covered slopes, and the dart, made from a shingle, thrown high into the sky by the simple sling made from a small 24-inch branch and a piece of twine with a knot in the end to hitch to the notch on the dart.
Flying kites and shooting them with darts might be an up-to-date activity of the present brand of youngsters.
HAROLD S. DEGROAT
Thank you for your story on Frank Merriwell. How good it is to recall there used to be such things as good and evil.
I feel that if Frank Merriwell were to return to Yale today he would not find things too awfully different. There is still that one attitude which demands that a man be accepted for what he is, even if it is not varsity athletics. Actually, Frank Merriwell is here, on our elm-shaded campus, still singing Bingo, still concerned not just with victory but with developing the characteristics which define the Yale man. Let us not forget him.
EDWARD L. SMICK
New Haven, Conn.