Your recent editorials (SCORECARD, June 27 et seq.) defending the Sierra Club in its efforts to prevent the building of dams in the Grand Canyon were enough to cause me to write strong letters to three Senators and Representatives. Two of the three have promised to oppose the Bureau of Reclamation project. And the way things are going, we'll need those votes.
You could do the John Muir organization a lot more good if you would publish its address and the cost of membership. I don't particularly care whether the Internal Revenue Service says the fee is deductible or not. If the cost is not too high I would be tempted to join the Sierra Club on this issue alone—and there must be others like me. But I don't know where to find it.
Yours is a powerful voice in support of conservation and protection of our natural resources. Don't let up.
WALTER F. SCHAR JR.
?Membership applications should be sent to David Brower, Executive Director, The Sierra Club, Room 1050, Mills Tower Bldg., San Francisco. Entrance fee and dues for the first year are $14, dues $9 thereafter.—ED.
MAN VS. MACHINE
The reasoning of F. Pierce Sherry (19TH HOLE, Aug. 8) regarding the frailties of hand timing as opposed to electronic timing with reference to Jim Ryun's mile record appears quite logical on the surface. In fact, however, he is 100% wrong.
He referred to an electronic timer used to eliminate a car at Indianapolis by a hundredth of a second. Those cars travel at speeds of 150 mph. The fastest man has ever traveled is 26.2 mph, when Bob Hayes was timed at 7.8 during a flying 100 yards in a relay. Obviously the problem is not quite the same.
Further, when Hayes won the Olympic 100-meter title at Tokyo he was timed electronically in 10.0 (actually 9.97) to equal the world record. The three hand timers showed 9.8, 9.9 and 9.9. The electronic time was official. Hand timing always produces a faster time than electronic timing. Hence, electronic timing would have shown Ryun (who was moving at 15.6 mph) to be slower, not faster.
Had Mr. Sherry looked closely at the photograph he would have observed that the timers in Berkeley, like all competent timekeepers, actuated their watches with their first fingers, and not with their "meaty thumbs."
Beverly Hills, Calif.