On a visit with him in the hospital I criticized the project for spending millions with no provisions whatsoever for rescue or first-aid equipment even though the nearest hospital was 11O miles distant. Fate was kind to Donald, otherwise more serious injuries might have prevented his surviving the 90 mph ride to medical aid. Rectifying a similar situation in another remote area indicates common sense rather than "fear."
The carping of critics at the Salt Flats can be dismissed. The issue resolves around just one point: Was the Bluebird sitting on the line ready to go and Donald off living it up? I say no. And from reading about the Australian adventure, I would say the answer there appears to be the same.
WILLIAM R. TUTHILL
Daytona Beach, Fla.
LOB AND DROP
I have been meaning to write you for some time. You will laugh, but it was Bill Talbert's article in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TWO Strokes to Make You Club Champion, April 15) that recently teed off my win in the River Club tennis championship. After all the tennis I have played you might think I could remember the lob and drop shot. It was perfect—and at the age of 52 it was important for me to try something against my young opponent!
MRS. MELVIN M. JOHNSON JR.
New York City