For 20 years I have written an outdoor column for the local daily. That article on bass fishing is about the best thing I have ever read on that particular game fish. And it is timely—lures, methods and all. Thank you, and applause to Robert H. Boyle.
Loved your article on the VW (The Beetle Does Float, Aug. 19), but you forgot to mention the most important reason for owning a Bug or Bus—the Bug is fun to drive and the Bus is fun to ride. Having just returned from a 1,000-mile trip in our Volksbuggen Bus, we say you haven't lived until you've opened that sunroof and, from the back seat, looked up at the Golden Gate bridge or felt the fog sting your cheeks if you are brave enough to stick your neck out.
Although it's like mounting a horse to get into the Bus, and the windows don't open the right way for the collie to get a good sniff, we wouldn't trade our two Volksies for all the chrome in Flint.
Furthermore, sunroofs always wave!
From the woman who has everything—four cats, one dog, six kids and Bus driver husband.
Los Altos, Calif.
About the Beetle: Why all the speculation by Writer Huston Horn on who owns the VW and why? It's simple. The New Breed want transportation, not status symbols. What is the best transportation available for the money? Well, it doesn't take an executive to figure it out (as Polk learned). And even the decreasing number of status-conscious car owners must come to the ultimate conclusion. There is only one car in the world that best answers the basic need of transportation—the Volkswagen.
Sure, I own a Bug. But I no longer have to defend its virtues. My friends don't ask me why I bought it. They know why. They're waiting for theirs.
What took me so long to decide that VW was the car for me? Truthfully, I don't know. Maybe I'm a slow learner. Maybe the unique advertisements. Or, then again, maybe I fell in love. My wife does admit a little jealousy.
BILL BROOKE JR.
I believe Mr. Horn overlooked the people attending college as a large group of Volkswagen owners. I think that most of us going to college now are thinking about the future more than the present, and the only way to attain those future goals is to live economically. It is tough to go to school and be married, with a family to support at the same time. Transportation is necessary, and it must be cheap.
Your article on the Volkswagen, its reputation and attributes, gave me, a Triumph TR3 owner, almost as much pleasure as it probably gave those one million VW owners.