While you were putting Ron Fairly on your cover, Alston was busily platooning him with banjo-hitter Lee Walls and hot-hitting (.215) Bill Skowron.
Alston's lack of respect for such as Howard and Fairly has made some of us in Los Angeles wonder if he would platoon Henry Aaron and Leon Wagner if he had both on his team.
You infuriated a good many of us when you referred to the "stadium at Chavez Ravine." The Dodgers' home park and the stadium in which they play is called Dodger Stadium, in exactly the same manner as the Yankees' park is called Yankee Stadium. We do, however, agree with your comments about Walter Alston picking the lineup as though he were ordering a Chinese meal.
ROBERT G. FITCH
Having been born and raised in the Arctic, I have always been impressed with the words of a great Arctic explorer who said, "Adventure is a sign of incompetence." Your man Austin Hoyt's four "adventurers" surely qualify (Down the Back to the Arctic, Aug. 26).
I would suggest you check with Chuck McAvoy and see if he ever owned a 1938 Fairchild. As for the Hudson's Bay Company not having heard of a tumpline, I know for a fact that there are men in this company's Yellowknife store who were using tumplines before Hoyt was born and could have carried all four to the Arctic coast on their backs.
Author Hoyt must have walked into your office wearing that beautiful beard, which, after all, must prove he had at least been out of doors, Good trailmen, gentlemen, have time to shave each morning, so if you keep up your present standard of acceptance you will never meet one.
D. B. L. JOHNSTON
I write not only to applaud the Confederate Air Force (The Confederate Air Force Flies at Last, Aug. 12), but to aid it. As a Corsair jockey for 12 long years, this pilot is overwhelmed to hear that the old U-Bird is still flying—and winning. It was to me what a Lotus-Ford must be to Jimmy Clark, except for the grimmest times. What memories are evoked! What a wry smile cometh forth!
Your efforts and reportorial standards are again to be commended. Thanks for bringing this story to us all. As for me, I am applying to the CAF for permission to activate the Orange Blossom Wing here in California, primarily for the purpose of supplying financial assistance to these sterling aviators. I am dead certain that every living Corsair pilot will want to help perpetuate the species. Let the Mustang gang speak for themselves!
I foresee a trust fund for the acquisition and care of a stable of aircraft that will still be operable at the turn of the century.
Join up, colonels, for one more pass over the field.
MAJOR GEORGE J. YORG, USMCR (ret.)
Manhattan Beach, Calif.