Then your writer is most rude, insensitive and offensive to my feelings in his quote of Temu—"Where did Billy Mills went?" Like others in the article, it seemed designed, chosen to belittle, to humiliate. I have found many Africans who might make a few errors in English, but they also spoke French, Arabic and surely one or two or even more tribal languages. How does Writer Underwood sound in Arabic?
Then worst of all is the racial hostility that glares out through the article. Your writer is so naturally insensitive, or so blocked by bias, that he seems to approve his hero's urging Kenyans to deny their race, color, political dedication and volunteer to run with South Africans. That might please Underwood, but where would it leave the black athlete in black Africa?
I am a lifetime track enthusiast, a graduate of Cornell, Columbia and Harvard, a professional worker in behavioral science and experienced in Africa. On the basis of this professional training and experience, I say this is a racist article. It can only stir up further trouble in Kenya and even in Mexico City. It is far below your usual excellence.
I will watch the Kenyans next week with hope and sympathy. You have added a heavy emotional burden to their tasks.
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
You did the racing world a great favor by printing the photograph of the driving (?) finish of the Woodward Stakes (Mr. Right Wins for Dr. Fager, Oct. 7). Mr. Right was certainly extended, but Damascus had his ears pricked while Jockey Baeza sat with his whip uselessly pointed at the sky! A horse that pricks his ears at the finish is not generally regarded by horsemen as one who is driving all out to the wire. I'm glad that your picture gives those racing fans who did not see the race an idea of the kind of ride that Baeza gave the 1967 Horse of the Year.
Damascus has ostensibly lost this honor in 1968 by reason of his last two races, in which he received "atrocious rides" from Baeza. Frank Whiteley should have gotten Kathy Kusner to ride Damascus—at least she would be trying!
DAVID S. WILSON
Regarding the article by Charles Goren on Omar Sharif's Bridge Circus (The Circus Under Omar's Tent, Sept. 9), I was most surprised to see (in the New York Post, Sept. 12) that Bridge Columnist Alfred Sheinwold presented an entirely different version of the hand played by Sharif in Toronto against the Dallas Aces. According to ST and Goren, Omar played the hand brilliantly to make the four-heart contract. According to Sheinwold, Sharif went down one and did not even make the second best play. Who is right?
I had the pleasure of watching the Bridge Circus in person and feel that Omar can hold his own in the best of competition.
Forest Hills. N.Y.
? Charles Goren got the story from Sharif's teammate, Leon Yallouze, who accepts full responsibility for the misunderstanding. Yallouze had not seen the hand played either, but had the impression that this was how Omar played it. "Particularly regrettable," says Goren, "because I had other examples of fine play by Sharif and selected this hand only because it seemed both simple and dramatic."—ED.