ALL-STAR HIGH SCHOOL
I couldn't help but write when the All-NFL All-Star list was published with Roman Gabriel and Sonny Jurgensen as the top quarterbacks in the league (A Game Within a Game, Dec. 22). I just wanted to boast that these two greats graduated from the same high school and that both were coached by the same great coach, Leon Brogden.
New Hanover High School of Wilmington, N.C. is the only high school in the nation to claim two starting quarterbacks in the current ranks of professional football and is indeed proud of these great alumni.
The Dec. 22 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED carried the pictorial story of new stadiums (The Snorting Sixties as Sculptured in Concrete). But your caption, " San Diego Stadium ($27.5 million) was constructed primarily with football in mind, and baseball attendance suggests the priority was correct," indicates a lack of knowledge and research of this and other stadiums recently constructed.
As is the case with all multipurpose stadiums, a compromise must be made in order to provide for football and baseball. There can be no disagreement with the fact that Anaheim, Candlestick Park and Dodger Stadium are designed for baseball (football rarely being played in any of them). San Diego Stadium, however, is a 50-50 compromise, and the lack of Padre baseball attendance is due to a weak expansion team, whereas the football team has developed into an exciting contender. Padre attendance will increase when the quality of events increases.
San Diego's "super circle" shape provides more seating closer to the action than any other multipurpose stadium that has been built in a circular form similar to Atlanta, which the article stated "leaves fans quite far away." Other stadiums do provide movable stands, which permit a small number of fans to be close to the action.
Incidentally, the actual construction cost of the San Diego Stadium was $16.5 million, and it received a national AIA design honor award (first for a major stadium), indicating not only its functional excellence but its esthetic magnificence as well.
ERNEST R. LORD, AIA
Director of Production
Frank L. Hope & Associates
Architects and Engineers
THE WIFE AND KIDS
I feel compelled to write to you to tell you that, although I've been married only three months, I have serious competition—SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Upon its arrival I moan, knowing full well that it will be impossible to even try to communicate with my husband for the following three days or until he has read it from cover to cover, no matter how long it takes.
I've tried hiding it, destroying it, throwing it away and throwing tantrums, but nothing works. If he can't find it he simply buys another copy. Would it be possible to publish monthly? Weekly is too much for me to bear. Unfortunately he just renewed his subscription for two more years. HELP!
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
During the recent holiday season a group of second-graders in the Laboratory School of Kansas State Teachers College were writing statements indicating what they were personally thankful for. I thought perhaps you might be interested in the enclosed statement (below).
ARTHUR D. BRILL