It reminds one of the spectacles of the Roman gladiators or, as you say, of Russian roulette.
R. H. MITTEN
It would be interesting to know who wrote those knowledgeable comments in the SCORECARD "Limit the Unlimiteds." It was obvious even to the casual reader that the writer had no idea whatsoever of the subject on which he was expounding so eloquently. He suggested that, perhaps, rules be imposed, regarding fuel, power, design and driver qualifications. Apparently, however, he didn't even bother to inquire beforehand if there were any existing regulations, because if he had he would have found very stringent rules and the names of individuals whose job it is to see that they are enforced. In fact, they cover not only all of the items mentioned by your writer but hundreds of other items as well.
?For the views of a man who has a pretty good grasp of the subject (he practically invented the sport), see page 38.—ED.
CUT AND DRIED
In your July 18 issue (How can Black Maxers lose?) you stated that on July 5, 1965 Woody Fryman was "picking tobacco and pushing a plow." I think you are trying to make a bunch of cotton pickers of us hardworking tobacco farmers. Burley tobacco is harvested in the fall, not in the middle of summer, and is never "picked." It is cut, dried and stripped.
I have just finished reading the second half of Babes in the Woods (July 11 & 18) and would like to comment that it is a superb job. My sincere congratulations to you and to Miss La Fontaine for a very perceptive and revealing article.
The article mentions that there is a total of 19 Outward Bound Schools. I think your readers would be particularly interested in knowing that there are already four American Schools for boys—in Colorado. Minnesota, Maine and Oregon—and a fifth will open next April in North Carolina. Each school uses its unique environment to attain the same objectives described by Miss La Fontaine. Any inquiries should be directed to Outward Bound, Inc., Andover, Mass. 01810.
Thank you for bringing the Outward Bound story to your readers in such an effective way.
JOSHUA L. MINER, III
President, Outward Bound, Inc.
In your July 18 issue, Barbara La Fontaine describes a test of what she calls "survival," in which a group of girls are left in the woods for three days. Each testee was allowed fishhooks and line, four matches, a tin can and some Band-Aids.
One girl ate some berries, another a couple of frogs and a third a dozen ants. None of them caught any fish, and there is an implication that none of them tried very hard. What they really did was simply sit out the three days, patiently waiting to be picked up.
This is not survival. It is fasting, and it might just as well be done at home. What in the world was the experiment supposed to prove? Certainly not that those girls could stay alive in the woods without help. It proved exactly the opposite. They meekly sat and starved.