Since I went into business in 1967, many articles have been written about my company, All-Pro Enterprises, Inc., specifically and the subject of black capitalism generally. But never before in my experience have I seen this acutely significant subject treated in such a blasé and flippant manner as was done by your "renowned restaurant critic," Gael Greene, in the Oct. 12 edition of SI (A Guide to All-Star Indigestion).
Although I'm sure the article was written for the entertainment of your readers, Miss Greene's description of the All-Pro Chicken franchise in Harlem was objectionable to us on so many counts that space won't permit me to enumerate them—to say nothing of having black capitalism classified as something like a side order of french fries. It is obvious that Miss Greene did not get this information from me or from any of my staff.
For the benefit of your readers, I would like to point out that the emphasis of our All-Pro Enterprise program is not on sports but on providing jobs and business opportunities for blacks all over the country, which we have been doing by the hundreds. The All-Pro Group also includes All-Pro Equities, Inc., Young Professionals, Inc. and Inter City Development, Inc. as well as Brady Keys' Kentucky Fried Chicken. Before 1971 is over, the number of people we have helped will be in the thousands.
BRADY KEYS JR.
All-Pro Enterprises, Inc.
I am glad to see that still another NBA coach, Jack Ramsay of the Philadelphia 76ers, has come out in support of legalization of the zone defense. The original need for outlawing the zone—to prevent a slowdown—has since been satisfied by the 24-second rule. The main opposition to reinstating the zone seems to come from NBA Rules Committee Chairman Eddie Gottlieb, who apparently believes that the paying spectator will not like the zone.
As an avid follower of both professional and college basketball, I fail to see the validity of this belief. In my opinion, there is nothing more exciting in the game than a well-executed full-court zone press—and nothing more boring than watching some superstar score 40 points a game because no one can stop him man-to-man. The zone defense would not kill professional basketball any more than the blitz has killed pro football. Instead, it would call for and bring about a higher degree of teamwork, both in employing the zone and in attacking it—and teamwork is what sets basketball above other sports.
But why argue about it? If Mr. Gottlieb really wants to please the spectators, he should find out where they stand on the issue. The NBA could pass out ballots to the fans at one designated home game of each team. I believe this to be the fairest method of settling this controversy.
I commend you and your staff for your constant interest in and defense of all forms of conservation. In particular I refer to your stand on pollution of the waterways by atomic power plants and other sources, such as the Penn Central Railroad (My Struggle to Help the President, Feb. 16).
Your SCORECARD report, "Mutiny with a Bounty" (Oct. 12), may have pointed out one way to interest an apathetic citizenry in programs concerned with water pollution. We may not be willing to clean up the environment so that we can breathe more easily or drink naturally purified water, but perhaps if more people can be made aware of the fact that they stand to receive half of the fine assessed against a water polluter that they report, we can get some action.
ROBERT C. KELLY
UP AND AWAY
I read Harold Peterson's article, Lift, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (Oct. 19), with considerable interest and can assure you that hot-air ballooning is just as he describes it. Defiance College owns a Raven balloon and offers a course in hot-air ballooning. It is taught by a virologist and a Civil War historian, both of whom are licensed balloonists.
DAVID G. RUFFER
Dean of Faculty
The Defiance College
Your Oct. 19 issue contained a terrific write-up on balloonist Link Baum. Thanks to Harold Peterson for conveying the thoughts and insights of this sky dweller. It was refreshing to us earthbound people.
Boulder City, Nev.