On Sunday, August 30, members of the crew, flying a kite for recreation, managed to send it into the skies for a distance of well over 3,000 yards (as verified by the ship's radar and a call from the Admiral). They used 37 balls of hand-held string (we are part of that splinter group of purists) and a blue-and-gold kite (Navy colors). Best of all, they had the sincerity that counts for so much in this sport.
As always, the Navy fields the best team, no matter what the sport.
ENSIGN TOM LAWRENCE, USNR
New York City
Charlotte C. Marsh states that it is wrong for Coach Bob Timmons to "force" young Jim Ryun into competition (19TH HOLE, Sept. 28). If Ryun wanted to quit running, he could. Ryun is training to represent his country in the greatest of all sporting events, the Olympics. Which is better: a teen-ager training courageously to help his country's prestige or a teen-ager stealing hubcaps?
Sincere appreciation to you for your articles on Jim Ryun and Gerry Lindgren. They have brought much inspiration and renewed resolve to countless boys on high school and college tracks. Perhaps this contribution to our country's athletics surpasses even their accomplishments on the track.
Heartfelt gratitude to them and to their coaches for showing us what daily devotion, humility and high expectancy can accomplish.