In reference to the article concerning the new NFL divisions (SCORECARD, Nov. 6), it certainly appears that the powers that be used little forethought. Maybe now that they have the opportunity they will use some hindsight. How about this proposal? Simply rearrange each of the four divisions each year. Take the teams that finish fourth and put them in one division, put the teams that wind up third the previous year in another division, etc.
Certainly the winners of a Saints-Falcon-Steeler-Viking loop wouldn't stand much of a chance in a playoff against the winner of a Packer-Colt-Cowboy-Card race, but with the constant realignment no one team will be able to continually dominate its division as Green Bay will in the present Central Division.
ACE IN THE WRONG HOLE
I wish to take exception to an article that appeared in your SCORECARD section (Nov. 6). You correctly reported that Red Hill Country Club held a Champagne Open and that one of the participants scored a hole in one on a par-4 hole. However, the article incorrectly implies that the host club refused to award a new car as advertised and further states that the reason for the refusal was that the club had purchased protective insurance for only par-3 holes.
I played in that tournament, and it was quite clearly indicated that a new automobile would only be awarded for aces on the par-3 holes. In fact, four new automobiles were parked on the first tee, and each car was designated as the prize for a specific par-3 hole. We were all sorry that the ace was scored on the wrong hole, but there was never any question that the hole in one did not fall within the rules established by the host club.
The tournament was an enjoyable event, and I regret to see its success marred by the false implication that the club had reneged on its offer.
MICHAEL H. CLEPPER
Emmett Watson's article on grizzlies (Menace in Our Northern Parks, Oct. 30) was an articulate and accurate statement. He recorded the situation as it occurred, without resorting to sensationalism.
However, Mr. Watson omitted one person in his article. Seasonal Park Naturalist Joan Devereaux had led an overnight hiking party to Granite Park Chalet on Saturday, August 12. She was substituting for another naturalist, who was on fire duty. During the night Miss Devereaux quickly assumed the leadership so necessary to prevent panic at the chalet. She was in control at all times, and her calm, courageous attitude inspired others and helped to bring order out of chaos.
The next morning Miss Devereaux led a party of 59 from the chalet through known grizzly country to the highway. By singing and whistling as she led her party through the brush, she helped to calm the fears of her group. Throughout the night and during the next day Miss Devereaux's leadership markedly impressed all. She certainly was one of the heroes.
RICHARD T. GALE
Emmett Watson's story pertaining to the killing of two girls by grizzlies reminded me of our vacation in Yosemite last summer. While these two girls did nothing to provoke the bears, such was certainly not the case at our camp. I saw about 50 screaming lunatics chase a bear into the river. When the frightened bear emerged on the other side he was again chased, this time by boys on bicycles.
Another bear entered the camp about dark to poke around a garbage can. A tourist ran up to him and shot off a flashbulb about eight feet from the bear's face. The flash lit up the entire Yosemite Valley, and it was a miracle the bear didn't knock the guy's head off.