The most remarkable thing about your Princeton cover story (Tiger in the House of Ivy, Feb. 27) is that Author Joe Jares does not once mention Bill Bradley, perhaps the most complete basketball player of all time. This is unfortunate, because if Coach van Breda Kolff has constructed the edifice of Princetonian supremacy, Bradley alone is the foundation of the entire structure, and its first seven floors to boot. It is difficult to imagine Thomforde, Heiser, the Hummers and Petrie at Princeton had not Bradley led the way.
On the other hand, the omission of Bradley is perhaps not so unfortunate, for it underlines the magnificent job being done by the coach and the current players. The '67 team probably is better than '65's, next year's team will be better than this year's, and the end is not in sight.
JAMES K. HOLMAN
So Princeton is going to build a basketball dynasty? I find that hard to believe, unless they plan to drop out of the Ivy League next year. Princeton may have a 23-2 record, but pitifully few of its opponents are nationally ranked. Their record includes two victories over Yale, which is not even close to being in the nation's top 20. Yet Princeton won by a total of only three points in these games.
Next year the Tigers will lose six of their best players while the Elis will lose only two men from their squad. As for the freshman team, which will supposedly continue Princeton's dynasty, it lost to the Yale frosh by 21 points.
Enjoy it while it lasts, Butch.
ROBERT G. MACIONIS
New Haven, Conn.
Good article. One detail though. Van Breda Kolff hasn't spent all his time on the sidelines. In 1946 he was an All-America soccer player for Princeton.
C. W. BATES
On the morning after your story on Coach van Breda Kolff and Princeton came out, 29 alumni called me, each making the comment, "SI refers to us as a small college on Long Island."
With your subscribers (and my alumni) in mind, please re-examine the latest statistics on Hofstra. Factually, we are a large university (11,000 students). Your reference to geography was correct.
WILLIAM K. KAISER
Director of Alumni Relations Hofstra University
THE REAL PALMERS
Mark McCormack's biography, My Friend Arnold Palmer (March 6 et seq.), reminds me of an incident several years ago when General Eisenhower and Arnold Palmer played in an exhibition match at Merion for the benefit of the Pennsylvania Heart Fund, of which Palmer was president. Immediately after putting out on the 18th green and without even taking time to go to the locker room, Ike and Arnie left in a helicopter—Ike had another engagement and had offered to drop Arnie off en route at a nearby airfield. Because of the immediate departure, neither Arnie's caddie nor the locker-room attendant received the customary tip. Needless to say, both would-be recipients were disappointed—both financially and emotionally.
Several days later, as chairman of the event, I received a phone call asking the names of the caddie and the attendant. Soon after the call each received a very cordial and apologetic letter with a generous check enclosed signed by Winnie Palmer, asking their forgiveness for Arnie's abrupt departure. In view of the Palmers' unbelievable schedule and other demands put upon them, I would say this incident gives quite an insight into the real Palmers.
DEAN HILL JR.