SERGEANT AT ARMS
As a result of winning the U.S. Open golf championship in 1969, Orville Moody (The Nontransmogrification of Orville Moody, June 22) by necessity became a favorite of many of the youth of this and other countries. Being in the international spotlight, he should have enough sense not to utter for public consumption such statements as the one about student demonstrators: "Next time they try somethin', might save more lives in the long run if we get out the machine guns and shoot 'bout 50 of them fools."
If he does not possess enough sense, the editors of SI should have had enough wisdom not to include such a statement in the article. In troubled times as these, when it is important to appeal to rational, peaceful means of problem solving, such a declaration as that of Mr. Moody only encourages and nurtures the senseless violence we should be trying to avoid. I hope in the future our leaders, sports and otherwise, will set good examples for our youth and ourselves; and if they cannot, I hope SI will.
DOUGLAS R. ROSING, M.D.
It is tragic that a public figure in sport (or in any field) would advocate the machine-gun slaughter of student demonstrators. By printing Mr. Moody's callous remarks, I think SI has performed a fine public-service in showing both young and adult readers that a man who has achieved excellence in sport does not necessarily have a decent or humane attitude of respect for human life.
HENRY S. WILLNER
New Haven, Conn.
Orville Moody's comments about Kent State arc as succinct a manifestation of inordinate ignorance as I have had the occasion to read of late. His words are as inflammatory as those of even the most hardened campus (or "professional") anarchist. I, like Curry Kirkpatrick, could picture Orville fishing, but somehow it might seem more appropriate if he were on the biting end, both in a literal and a figurative sense.
WILLIAM J. DRESCHER
Why is it that it is always a person such as Orville Moody (whose only combat in the service was the beating of par on Sunday golf courses) who is quick to advocate the shooting of 50 or more of his fellow citizens by machine gun in order to silence their points of view? I wish that all the Moodys in this world, whose bravery swells as they feel a trigger in their hands, would stop and think about what they are advocating.
I hope Ole Sarge doesn't plan to keep an M-16 or two in his golf bag so he can say, "Gimme my rifle, caddie, I see one of them pussyfootin' young punks by the dogleg." It is hard to believe this "simple" man is, as Dave Marr says, Mr. Unbelievable Nice Guy. I believe he is a jerk.
Let's hope that Moody's skill with a machine gun is roughly equivalent to the golf skill he displayed at Hazeltine in the 1970 Open, where he failed to make the cut.
DAVID G. REILICH
TONY AND JACK
If only Jack Zanger could have seen his Tony Conigliaro book featured in SI—and on the cover (Return from the Dark, June 22, 29)—he would have been very proud. When Jack died recently of a brain tumor, I lost a friend—but we all lost a good writer and an especially decent human being. I wish Jack were alive, but since he isn't, I'm glad that his farewell effort was so very, very good.
Ladies' Home Journal
New York City
I thought the article about Tony Conigliaro's near-fatal injury was one of the best to have appeared in your magazine in recent weeks.
BERNARD J. LEE
I nominate for Sportsman of the Year the greatest player in the history of soccer—the man who led Brazil to its permanent possession of the World Cup (Pel� and Pals Retire the Cup, June 29), the idol of millions, the only soccer player ever to score more than 1,000 goals. In short, Pel�.