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September 02, 1963
VIVA VANDERBILT (CONT.)Sirs:For the past 25 years it has been my privilege to be a member of the Oregon State Racing Commission and, though I am now retired, I am still a member of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners and a member of the national committee on information and public relations.
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September 02, 1963

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I must take exception, however, to one indirectly related point. Sales facts notwithstanding, Mr. Horn's presupposition that the "spiffy" Karmann Ghia is a sports car remains quite inaccurate. The actual definition of a sports car would be very long and diverse (although not vague at all). But if there is one thing that will never be a sports car it is a Volkswagen or even a low-slung version of this very fine machine.

Sports car owners continue to salute each others' presence on the road, from the $8,000 Jaguar to the slight Sprite. But, as a matter of fact, never has the driver of a Karmann Ghia been so misinformed as to brazenly include his VW in the sports car category by waving at my TR.
St. Louis

Wait a minute! Let's take another look at the "dead" ball analysis that Tom Brody accepts so readily from the test lab (Is the Ball Deader? Hitters Are Dying, Aug. 12). Dropping the baseball from the relatively low height of 26 feet 8 inches does not necessarily prove anything—except that at that contact velocity the '61 ball bounced higher than the '63 ball. What really counts is the rate of rebound of the ball itself. This is not a constant, straight-line ratio for all contact velocities. For a true evaluation, the ball must strike the surface at a velocity the same, or very nearly the same, as would be the case if it were struck with the bat so that it will have a rebound velocity of 120 mph. To do this the ball must be dropped from a height of about 500 feet.

Most golfers know that they can drop two golf balls from three or four feet, and a known "deader," less expensive ball may frequently rebound as high as (sometimes higher than) a known top-pro fast ball. You simply cannot compare baseballs, golf balls, and, I suspect, tennis balls, for life or bounce in actual play by dropping them from very low (comparatively) heights.
Millbrae, Calif.

May we commend you on the fine article on Ron VanderKelen (An Accomplished but Doubting Dutchman, Aug. 19). We are looking forward to a great year for the Minnesota Vikings with VanderKelen and Fran Tarkenton leading the way.

However, some of our members have commented on the statement where you indicate VanderKelen and Flatley "flew to Minneapolis." We in St. Paul feel this is an impossible thing to do if the trip was made by commercial airliner. The airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, is located in St. Paul. It carries a St. Paul ZIP code number, and the firms located there use the St. Paul return address.

Residents of both cities realize that this area could not have grown as strong as it has without full cooperation between them. We would prefer that you refer to someone flying to the Twin Cities or use the accurate title of the airport.
Executive vice-president
St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
St. Paul

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