As I turned my radio on that Tuesday night I was confused about what to expect in the fight. I fostered some suspicion that Clay was a very good fighter, but in the face of the ill will shown him by the public and by most news media I had my doubts. When the fight ended and I read the newspapers the next day I was convinced the fight was a fluke. Then I read your excellent coverage (June 7). The article by Tex Maule and the excerpts from Jim Murray's column were refreshingly convincing amidst most of the other accounts supplied to the public by the press. The photography proves your points conclusively: Champion Muhammad Ali is a very good fighter; the punch was one of the quickest and hardest ever seen (or not seen) by boxing audiences.
Thank you very much.
THE REV. FORREST SHUE
Now that SI's readers have been persuaded that Liston was knocked out with a "perfectly valid, stunning right-hand punch," what next? I suggest the building of an invincible, Joe Louis-type image around Clay. This could last for at least 10 years!
Or maybe we should just abandon the whole stunning mess that boxing is in and concede that there is more honor, if not money, in simply running old movies of real champs like Dempsey, Tunney and Louis.
A. G. WEEKS
Your follow-up article on the Lewiston fight was the very first intelligent discussion in a week of what can only be described as national hysteria. It is ironic that those who view this supposed "hoax" as the death knell of a "rapidly fading sport" themselves represent the true threat to boxing. You are to be commended on your calm, in the face of a "national crisis."
Have you heard there is a new drink on the market? It is called Phantom Punch. It is served in an empty glass.
FREEMAN P. FOUNTAIN, M.D.
Thank you for Virginia Kraft's article Goodby, Kangaroos (May 31). Although I am only 17 years old and do not remember when our game was really plentiful, the stories I have heard and read about slaughter in our own past have made me aware of the tragedy of animal extinction. Even now, if the Australians do something about the kangaroos, they will be doing not only themselves, but the entire world, a great favor.
C. E. GILL
Miss Kraft's article on what the Aussies are doing to their Kangas, their Roos and their Pooh Bears (koalas) is enough to turn every gentle Winnie the Pooh fan from here to Queensland into a snarling, bloodthirsty beast of prey. Sic 'em, Piglet! Kick 'em, Eeyore! Get in there and cut 'em down, Christopher Robin!
New York City
As a recent visitor to Australia and as a member of the livestock industry, I found your article not only infuriating but, in places, a misrepresentation.
While I am sure Virginia Kraft was very disappointed not to be able to hunt kangaroo, the fact is that the kangaroo, in parts of Australia, is still numerous and in direct competition with cattle and sheep for the limited feed that exists.