BEAUTY AND THE BUSH
Re: your article The Word for New York is Bush (August 3). Mr. McCabe, you are so right!
BEN H. LEE
Columnist Charles McCabe, "The Fearless Spectator," as he is known to his captive audience on the West Coast, has long made the local press a vehicle for his personal vendetta against New York City. But the appearance of his snide vituperations in a periodical of your stature must have been his most glorious moment.
JON A. RANTZMAN
I have had the dubious good fortune of being exposed on a daily basis to both the vituperative slants of Clure (Scrooge) Mosher and the cultured causticity of Charles McCabe. Therefore, I was extremely delighted to see them both featured in your magazine and especially to read Mr. McCabe's endearing description of that metropolis for which Mr. Mosher has departed.
On the basis of Mr. McCabe's article, I can safely predict that New York's sports fans will truly take Mr. Mosher to their hearts, even as they have the Mets, for, as John Underwood so brilliantly illustrated a year ago in your magazine, Clure Mosher is a true busher, born and bred.
Coral Gables, Fla.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; people see only what they want to see. Like a little boy, frightened of being a sucker, Mr. McCabe put on a defiant face and criticized all he saw. His article must have been written before he ever went back to New York, and thus he didn't even give the city a chance. If he only had let himself go for a minute, he would have seen the beauty as well as the ugliness, and the good times as well as the bad times. Offhand, the only statistic I can remember about San Francisco is that it has the highest number of homosexual bars in the country. Let Mr. McCabe go back to his paradise of the West. I'll take Manhattan.
Charles McCabe proves beyond doubt what true New Yorkers have always felt and may now state: New York has been and is being ruined by "auslanders," and "other instant New Yorkers," while San Francisco owes whatever charm it may have to transplanted New Yorkers—like Charles McCabe.
CHARLES E. SIMBERKOFF
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
WILLIAM R. HEAD
Charles McCabe writes, "The Met fans have muchly been talked about. Most of what has been written is bunk." Why then must he add to the heap?
Thanks for the very interesting article by Tommy McDonald (The Monsters and Me, July 27 and August 3). I have long been an ardent admirer of the little men in pro football, such as McDonald, Eddie LeBaron and Doak Walker. May their tribe increase!
Long Beach, Calif.
I can't believe that Tommy McDonald really finds it hard to tell someone what a great player he thinks he is. As a matter of fact, that seems to be his major purpose throughout the article. He may have caught quite a few passes in his stay with the Eagles, but that was quite probably due to the fact that there were few other receivers for Eagle quarterbacks to throw to.