I feel sure that the Reverend Bob is as concerned about America's youth as Robert Kennedy and Richard Nixon are about the summer of 1968. It was just last summer that Bob Richards helped me to make one of the biggest decisions of my life and I am thankful to him for it. I realize I am only one, but God only knows how many more have been influenced by this truly great man. It is with people like him that we can continue to help the youngsters of today to grow and mature with a purpose in life.
I might also add the reason for Bob's little success, financially, in his book sales—he gives too many away!
I have a great deal of respect for Myron Cope as a sportswriter, but it is apparent that he chose a very unworthy subject for this article. It has always been my belief that men of the cloth should shun worldly possessions and assume a life of frugality when they enter God's service. Yet you stated that the Reverend Bob earns in the neighborhood of $125,000 a year. That isn't quite my idea of frugality, just as four cars, including two Mercedes and a Cadillac, seem a bit preposterous for a family of five.
If religion should make you happy and successful, as Mr. Richards states, I wonder why the reverend doesn't make an effort to calm our riot-torn ghettos, where there is a definite lack of happiness and success, instead of padding his own pockets.
Here are the facts: I am the No. 3 man on the Watkinson School varsity tennis team. Wheaties is the "Breakfast of Champions." I have eaten Wheaties for 16 years. My record in scholastic play this spring is zero wins, 10 losses. I believe in God and Bob Richards. Where is all the magic in those "toasted whole wheat flakes"?
My son eats oatmeal, loves baseball and swimming, and I am proud of him. If, however, he ever tries to emulate Bob Richards, I will know I have failed as a father.
Myron Cope's They Cheer reminds me of Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt and Elmer Gantry, but Lewis, of course, was writing fiction.
New Windsor, Md.
We thoroughly enjoyed the deeply moving and inspirational article, They Cheer. Every young person who is mired in the "muck" of making decisions should find inspiration in the success story of a truly intellectual American such as Bob Richards. The younger generation is in good hands with able leaders such as Parson Bob, who are deeply involved with and keenly aware of the problems that are "bugging" today's youth. Problems such as "abstract education," "abstract religion" and, certainly, the "thwartation of ambition" deeply affect the intellectual thought of today's youth. It is amazing that this Avenger of the American Conscience with his cool intellectual insight into the Red Menace has not attempted a political office. We would all feel secure if this man with his keen business sense coupled with his dislike of "decadent socialism" should obtain an office. Parson Bob's strength would lie in his support by clean-cut, God-fearing youth. God bless Bob Richards! God bless Wheaties!
De Land, Fla.
BASEBALL, ANYONE? (CONT.)
Lee Wilson's article, A Fast Pitch for a Faster Game (May 13), was marvelous and I am wondering if he is the anonymous writer who wrote The First Federal Savings Bank Grand Prix (Feb. 21, 1966). You will recall that the article was signed only by a penitentiary number.
I wasn't even thinking about it until I got to the part of a sentence in Fast Pitch that read, "...football should abandon its arbitrary, artificial time limit and replace it with a natural time limit of 12 innings."