We of McClymonds High School agree with your article (SCORECARD, Sept. 14) that "pride in athletic achievement" is the key to the fact that McClymonds is known as the School of Champions. And we are proud of the number of top professional and collegiate athletes such as Bill Russell, Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson who received their initial training here.
However, we deplore the statement that "until recently the school did little to encourage pride in academics." Pride in academic achievement, the result of intensive effort by McClymonds administrators and faculty, has motivated many McClymonds graduates who have completed or are now successfully completing further education at colleges and universities in California and through scholarships in collegiate institutions elsewhere in the U.S. Ever since California established accreditation to schools of higher learning, McClymonds has received the maximum accreditation allowed any high school by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
GRACE H. JOHNSTONE
Thanks for the brilliant report and analysis of the America's Cup races by Carleton Mitchell (Less a Race than a Rout, Sept. 28). While not lacking in patriotic fervor, I still believe it would have been a good thing if the British had lifted the cup after all these years, so we could go back after it.
But in fixing the blame for Sovereign's bust performance, let's not be too harsh on Helmsman Peter Scott. He is a fine sailor and extremely able. He simply did not have enough boat under him.
Perhaps the British should refrain from issuing further challenges until they have developed the likes of an Olin Stephens for design, a Ted Hood for sails and a foredeck boss of the caliber of John Nichols. When they have done this Peter Scott can give us a contest.
ROBERT J. L. LEE
As I recall it, America, originator of the America's Cup races, had to beat 17 yachts to get the cup 113 years ago.
Would it not be more sporting if the New York Yacht Club also accepted challenges from several foreign yacht clubs at the same time? Let's discontinue these two-yacht processions.
D. C. WHARTON SMITH
Your article A Leg Up on a Good Heart (Sept. 21) was interesting and educational to the layman. However, I would suggest that you either acquire a better physical specimen than Dr. Thomas K. Cureton (Dr. Physical Fitness) or at least refrain from showing his picture. Dr. Cureton has done a great deal to motivate interest in physical fitness, but his walking, deep breathing, skipping, two-step kicks, etc. do not impress me half as much as the feats of marathon runners John Kelley and Mike O'Hara. Both of these gentlemen are more than 50 years of age and have probably run more miles in one year than Dr. Cureton has in his life-time. It would seem appropriate that the picture of a physiologically young, though chronologically old, person should have graced your article, instead of a 40-inch-waisted verbalizer.
M. THOMAS WOODALL
Brookings, S. Dak.
?Few 40-inch-waisted American men can run at all, let alone run like 63-year-old Dr. Cureton. To "cool off" from one of his hour-long, nonstop exercise marathons, Cureton runs three or more miles.—ED.
HOW HIGH THE KITE?
Regarding your article about the gentlemen who fly kites from the stern of the Puget Sound ferry (SCORECARD, Aug. 10), we of the destroyer U.S.S. Johnston dispute Mr. Stuyvesant B. Pell's claim to a world record of 1,000 feet of airborne string.