Thanks for a fine article on Miss Budweiser. However, I believe it is a fact that August A. Busch Jr. sees more of the Cardinals than he does of the boat races.
E. F. SCHMIDT
?Obviously it was a case of a birdie in the bush. SI's camera mistook Mr. Schmidt, wearing his honorably borrowed Busch badge, for a Cardinal in hand.—ED.
I congratulate Mark Kram on his interview with Edward Villella (Encounter with an Athlete, Sept. 27). As a rugby footballer I shared Kram's attitude toward the ballet until I married a dancer and began to realize just how close dancing comes to the ultimate in athleticism. Kram has brought this out in painful detail. I hope his article will encourage others to forget their preconceived ideas and to go and see the incredible feats of Villella and the other superathletes of the profession. Be warned, though. Tickets for the ballet are harder to get than tickets for the Super Bowl.
Encounter with an Athlete was one of the best articles SI has ever produced. It's about time a real athlete like Edward Villella was recognized by the sports world. There is more to athletics than massive globs of beef cracking heads on Sundays or out-of-shape baseball players pulling a hamstring muscle on the way to first base.
THOMAS E. BARNES
Royal Oak, Mich.
Your article on Bruno Sammartino (A Little Agony, a Little Ecstasy, Sept. 27) was a million laughs, but aren't you afraid someone might take it seriously? Anyone who has ever witnessed a legitimate, amateur wrestling match soon realizes that the pro version is nothing but a well-rehearsed gymnastics exhibition with a touch of slapstick comedy. The only way one of those jumbo meatheads ever really gets hurt is when he forgets his script and takes a clumsy pratfall or gets a nosebleed when his dancing partner forgets to pull a punch.
WALTER E. STAYROOK JR.
Congratulations and thank you for the article about Bruno Sammartino. It's about time people began to realize that pro wrestlers are athletes. In my opinion, Bruno is the No. 1 athlete.
Like, wow! You have finally gotten to the man so many people in the Pittsburgh area have come to revere and, to a great degree, love—Bruno Sammartino.
Although I am no longer a resident of that area, I still follow the big fellow whenever possible, glad to see a slight glint of honesty come smiling through an otherwise tainted sport. I am sure you could not find a more honest person than Bruno.
Lee Alan Gutkind has done just a little more than write an article.
I read Tex Maule's article Bigger and Better than Ever (Sept. 20) regarding the 1951 Rams vs. the 1971 Cowboys with considerable interest and nostalgia. I must say Maule's description of me aroused my competitive instincts. I am certainly glad he allowed me a baseball bat to use on Bob Lilly, because I carry the biggest bat in the country!