Like the other Houston sportswriters, I castigated George disgracefully in print. Being black, I even accused him of being a racist. Perhaps the old war-horse wasn't dogging it after all, but had simply lost his enthusiasm for playing here, which seems to be a dilemma that many athletes have faced.
When an old pro like Blanda unashamedly cries after a loss, that is proof enough for me that he is a real competitor. Here's hoping that he has another super year.
Editor and Publisher
AS A CIGARETTE SHOULD
In his article on the world of offshore powerboat racing (Hop, Skip and Kerplunk, Sept. 6) Hugh Whall notes that Builder Don Aronow named his Cigarette hulls after an old rum-running boat called The Cigarette.
In 1876 Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Simpson set out in sailing canoes for an inland voyage through the waterways of France. Dressed in great red sashes, with flashing knives affixed, the two men titled themselves and their canoes Cigarette and Arethusa. Through the Sambre-Oise Canal to Origny Sainte-Beno�te, down the Oise to Compi�gne, the intrepid two were perhaps pioneers not only in their dress but in the very sport itself.
Certainly, Benny Higgins, swashbuckling into another era, could not have chosen a more apt name for his long, lean rumrunner. And I feel sure that the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson rides high with a smile on the bow of every Cigarette hull that goes hop, skip and kerplunk!
STEPHEN G. CLARKE
West Hartford, Conn.
The rum-running Cigarette was owned by Vanny Higgins—not Benny Higgins—and if I recall correctly, after the loss of The Cigarette Vanny acquired a Cigarette II before he was bumped off in 1932 by persons unknown.
Clearwater Beach, Fla.