Finally, many linesmen are not vocal. They may signal that the ball is out or good, but they fail to shout their out calls for the benefit of the players and umpire. An extreme example of this occurred at the finals of the U.S. professional tennis championship recently.
One solution would be to require that linesmen meet set standards of knowledge and recent experience. After all, the players do not play just once or twice a year, yet too often their success is dependent upon a linesman who may call the lines at only one tournament. The linesman should prepare himself in local tournaments prior to officiating at the more important events.
PERRY C. GRIER
Gilbert Cant's article, The Curious Case of the Copper Band (Aug. 3), was most intriguing (I am wearing one now myself, so far without any appreciable effect). Toward the end of his article Mr. Cant mentions the role of aspirin in the treatment of arthritis, and goes on to say that its action is not understood and that any doctor who says he knows how it works "is as bad as a quack." Mr. Cant might be interested in an article that appeared in the May 1966 issue of Scientific American. Entitled "Chelation in Medicine," it is a study of the action in the body of various "chelating" agents (molecules that are able to bind metal ions in a clawlike grip—the word is from the Greek for claw—and deliver them to body tissues).
In the course of his article the author, Jack Schubert, discusses his work at the Argonne National Laboratory, during which he investigated the chelating properties of a number of compounds, including aspirin. Mr. Schubert's experimentation with aspirin led to the conclusion that its pain-relieving effects were largely due to its ability to capture copper released into the blood under stress, and to deliver it to the copper-starved cells in other tissues of the body.
A. G. WILLIAMS
?An ingenious and plausible hypothesis, but it still doesn't enable your family doctor to tell you exactly how aspirin works for you—ED.
I thoroughly enjoyed the article on Artist Thomas Hart Benton and the Buffalo River (The Old Man and the River, Aug. 10). Now I must make the canoe trip down the Buffalo. Thanks to Robert F Jones for turning me on to such a beautiful thing.
JOHN B. ELSTROTT JR.
I was thrilled to find your article. My son and I floated the Buffalo River ( Gilbert to Buffalo State Park) in company with Harold Hedges. However, none of the persons in our party used or consumed any liquor or beer and none used profane language as used in this article. I think putting the names of Harold and Margaret Hedges in this context does these fine Christian people an injustice.
Please continue your excellent coverage and especially stories about canoe trips but elevate your language standards.
KENNETH E. PEERY
I liked your article. Artist Benton is extremely colorful. By the way, when are your "gaw damn" college football predictions coming out?
?Next week, by gum—ED.