Second, I would suggest that we break present junior varsity eights into two fours (one with, one without coxswain). American rowing, as a whole, would undoubtedly benefit if boat clubs were invited to participate in collegiate regattas with some regularity. Furthermore, it seems somewhat unrealistic for the nation's colleges to hold their championship each summer, just prior to the international season, over a three-mile course when the international distances are about a mile and a quarter.
I realize that what I am suggesting would, if adopted, upset a few traditions. But I believe the most valuable tradition, in crew or in any other sport, is one of fierce competition. Harvard and Vesper, I gather, had faced no real competition before Henley this year. We can, and should, do better than that. Now that the rest of the world has decided to play the game as seriously as we do, we may never again enjoy the comparatively effortless dominance of eight-oared rowing of years past. But there is no reason why we cannot offer the world sterner competition than we do, in eights as well as the small boats.
ANTHONY L. FLETCHER
Your mention of our Kelso Fan Club (Rise of a New Star, Aug. 2) was such an unexpected pleasure! I've met so many club members in person this summer and they are all nice young people—not a " Beatle type" among them! In March we presented a blanket to Kelso, and what a wonderful time we had designing and planning the blanket—and Mrs. duPont's happy tears when she saw it made us so happy! People ask us what we shall do when Kelso retires permanently. Well, we know that we shall not be as active as we have been—growing up with him—but we shall go on loving him, and on certain dates of the year let Kelly and his folks know that he is truly horse of our hearts, forever.
VAS IST VASSS?
The ZIP code was criminal, exchangeless telephone numbers were unforgivable, but the Van Alen Simplified Scoring System (Anyone Care to Play Some VASSS?, July 19) is the biggest disaster to hit the American scene since electric golf carts.
Franklin Park, Ill.
Just how do you play VASSS? You mentioned 31 points as being a set, but how many sets to a match? Do you take turns serving? At what point do you switch ends of the court, or do you?
?Players change service every five points, changing courts after the fifth, 15th and 25th point. In the north court the player serves first from the left side, in the south court first from the right. Players may choose to play shorter (21 points to win) games or longer (41). A match may consist of two out of three or three out of five 31-point games, but in tournaments a single 31-point match is often chosen because it takes about a half an hour.—ED.
Here's a testimonial for Arnold Palmer's fine article (The Joys of Trouble. July 26). On the second hole A.P. (After Palmer) I pushed the ball into the right rough, where I found it up to its ankles in loose dirt. Oozing positive thinking and champing at the challenge. I plopped a perfect wedge 10 feet from the cup and holed the putt for a par 3. It works, sport fans! I don't enjoy getting into trouble, but at least now I enjoy getting out.
JOHN E. HAMMOND
On your cover, Arnold Palmer perfectly demonstrates a technique that I have been employing for years—close your eyes and swing!
C. STILES MARKEY
Now that you've published an article on "How to Get out of Trouble" by Arnold Palmer perhaps you would be interested in an article by me entitled "How to Get into Trouble." I must caution you that it would be of considerable length.
As refreshing as a cool summer breeze! Let's have more features like this one.
DENNIS R. HENDLEY