A group of us at Methodist Boston University would like to make a trade with Presbyterian Coach Ara Parseghian and Catholic Notre Dame—we would be happy to give up our starting 11 for Notre Dame's scrubs.
JOHN A. LACK
My ire was raised with the quote in the article A Runners' Year (Sept. 21): "Besides, there's not much else for a boy to think about at Auburn except playing football." I could suggest quite a few things for these boys to think about, one being school-work and studying. It is a pity that this is the situation in many American colleges today, education playing a secondary role to sports. I myself am a college student and an avid sports fan, but I am able to place sports in its proper perspective. It is a shame to read of thousands of high school students being turned down by colleges when their classmates, who will use the colleges strictly for their sports facilities, are being accepted on sports scholarships. Maybe it is this sense of false values that is causing our great country to fall behind others in scientific technology.
MICHAEL D. HIRSCH
We agree with letter-writer Holman that Dick Butkus is a great linebacker; in fact, he is the greatest linebacker in college football (19TH HOLE, Oct. 26). But we do not think that the University of Illinois is a "football factory." If you still think the U. of I. is not an institution of higher learning, we invite you to spend one semester here and try your luck. We are sure your grades will not be earned on the football field.
It is certainly obvious Mr. Butkus ain't no doctor.
However, on Oct. 10, 1964 he was operated on by Don Unverferth, an honor student in premed at Ohio State University.
As the score indicates, the operation was a huge success.
PAUL H. COPELAND
While leafing through the Oct. 26 issue of your fine publication, we noticed the article on "Bikeology 1 at Yale," describing the record set when Mr. Princi rode his racing cycle 102 laps around his 10-by-12-foot suite at 1902 Silliman College in 15 minutes. We decided to sec if a prep-school cyclist could better this time. Our entrant, Sean Hutchinson, rode a Geminiani 10-speed cycle around an 8.5-by-12-foot room for 106 laps in 15 minutes, and then went on to set a new distance mark of 201 laps in 26 minutes. Since both of these attempts surpassed the previous records by a substantial margin, we feel justified in calling ourselves the world champions of this newfound sport.
We at St. George's School are honored that William Mittendorf, who helped to time our record-breaking attempt, was the brother of the George Mittcndorf who was mentioned in your article for taking part in the Yale stunt.
Our cyclist also rode in his bare feet on a wet floor, which inhibited the use of brakes. Out next attempt will be approximately 350 laps in a room of equal dimensions. To quote, from the previous article: "Can your readers do without this information?"
TOKYO TEA LEAVES
Just thought I'd compliment you on your pre-Olympic picks. Your Oct. 5 issue really called the tune. For the record, here's your performance.