6) There are other things such as being an equal partner with West, Drysdale and Richter in All American Village—actually, I started the camp in 1958 and we merged with All American Village in 1965, taking their name. I ran that camp for seven years.
WILLARD E. BADHAM
The Vandeweghe family's so-called "rare blend of genes" suggests their superiority to all others (All-America All the Way, May 26). They were also portrayed as America's model family—one which all other families should strive to resemble. In any case, this superiority is reminiscent of Nazi Germany's claim of genetic and physical superiority—a tragic downfall of man. I realize this was not the intention of this article—but what was? Was it to show people how inferior they were to this one atypical family?
B. E. NORTHROP
We would like to congratulate Robert F. Jones on what must be the most delightful spoof of the year. It kept our family entertained for days and was well worth the price of our yearly subscription.
Re your feature on the remarkable Vandeweghe family, don't overlook Kiki's reference to the black-gloved-fist incident at Mexico City's Olympics. I hope Harry Edwards reads it, as a reminder of the black scars he has left on so many who still deeply and militantly resent and remember Carlos-Smith's dishonor to our country and our flag, disrespect for the Olympic traditions and ideals and discourtesy to the wonderful Mexican people.
JOSEPH S. TRUM
It seems that the only world the Vandeweghe children know is the sports world. Mrs. Vandeweghe said, "You've got to have a commitment." Is a commitment the tennis court? What about life? A swimming pool won't teach you about life. Dr. Vandeweghe owns a school. Are scholastics included in the curriculum?
The attitudes of the Vandeweghe family as reported by Mr. Jones give the impression that, if the parents happened to have a handicapped child, they would stamp it "imperfect" and simply throw it away. The military-industrial complex loves to see such families in America. It can revel in the thoughts of budding young drill sergeants and potential exploiters. I hope that this article was written in jest, because, if it was not, Robert Jones' opinion of what is "American" is so warped that there is little hope left.
DAVID L. WESTBROOK
WATER HAZARD (CONT.)
Pat Ryan's article (Golf's Underwater Underworld, May 19) was very interesting and well written. However, I have some sad news for all you nighthawks and other divers. When my latest ball, the 100-compression Titlist "Floater," starts hitting the pro shops, you guys will be walking along the roughs picking up 15 or 20 balls just like the rest of us. Just remember to wear long pants; those sticker bushes can really scratch those waterlogged legs.
Pat Ryan fails to mention one tool of the trade that I found most satisfactory, and that is a clam rake. A clam rake enables you to dig down in the mud and fetch a large number at a time. Also, it helps if one has had experience digging clams. This seems like the ideal tool to me, but I imagine many would have a hard time obtaining one.
WILLIAM M. SETEK JR.
ADULTS KEEP OUT
I agree wholeheartedly with the conclusions drawn in your editorial comment on Little League baseball (SCORECARD, May 26). Having no sons of my own involved, I think I can speak more objectively on the matter.
I coached and umpired two years of Little League and sat in on meetings of the board of directors of the Pearl Harbor Little League in Honolulu. I believe it is over-organized, overmanaged, overemphasized and just generally overdone by adults, resulting in too many cases of underenjoyment by the boys.