Your annual preview of the 500 is always the best ever, anywhere—and this year's Crozier-Stanley effort (The Spirit of Indy, May 29) was merely unsurpassable.
It deserves plaudits for originality—summa cum laude!
J. O. SHIELDS JR.
As an Indy fan going back to 1937, when I sat on a corner as a reporter for the late Indianapolis Times, I want to say that Artist Bob Stanley really captured the 500 in his powerful abstract paintings. I must have been near him when the wheel from the first-lap accident of 1966 headed for him because I thought it was headed for me.
SAMUEL S. TYNDALL
New York City
I thanked my lucky hubcaps I was not on the highway between Indianapolis and Milwaukee following last year's 500. Perhaps the misguided Father really believes he is held in the safe hand of Divine Providence, immune from harm as he "pulls it out of the hole" and barrels down the pike.
Exceeding the speed limit on our nation's highways and streets was responsible for some 14,000 fatal accidents in 1966. That a priest should encourage such carnage qualifies him as an apostle of madness.
W. M. HUDSON JR.
Your Indianapolis story was a huge disappointment.
Two extremely personal views—the so-called artist's and the so-called writer's—don't add up to one intelligible article. Will you cut out the fancy stuff and give us good photography and writing instead of trying to supply conversation material for the cocktail hour.
The paintings of the action of the 500 were really great. I am a general "car nut," and this artist gave me a real sense of the action that occurs in an auto race. I greatly admire Mr. Stanley's technique—I didn't know it was possible to get so much out of two colors.
MIDSHIPMAN MICHAEL D. HARDMAN
Standardization is necessary to bring order out of chaos, but when it goes beyond that, whether in industry or sports, it strangles the effort to improve equipment and methods, stifles initiative and freedom of choice and may be completely arbitrary. A case in point is the rules revision of the U.S. Golf Association prohibiting croquet-type putting (A Blow for Esthetics, June 5).
In my opinion these rule changes do not promote the best interests of golf, and I hope SI will oppose them.
CHARLES L. GILKESON