Keep up the good work. I may not be interested in all the things you write about—but each week there is always at least one tasty tidbit.
Rudolph Rauch's narrative on the West Waterford Hounds is one of the finest articles I have ever read. Why? Because he has written for the reader. What one needs to know, he tells—but without condescension. That alone is unique.
EDWARD L. VIETS
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
While reading my favorite magazine the other day, I was surprised to learn that I had described all professional athletes as psychopaths (SCORECARD, NOV. 8). I am afraid there's been a bit of a slip between my lip and your printed page.
Several weeks ago, during a luncheon in New York City, I was discussing with several newspaper writers the tremendous pressures on athletes—especially the pressure to win, win, win. I commented that in view of these pressures and resulting emotional stress, it was surprising to me that more athletes did not suffer from emotional disturbances.
In my youth I was an athlete of sorts. In later years I officiated at basketball and football games until my aging legs no longer could keep up with speedy backs and guards. I have served as physician for high school, college, semi pro and pro teams. I also have served as medical adviser to the Nevada State Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
So, having known hundreds of athletes—and known them well—I'm sure there are no more psychopathic personalities among athletes than among bankers, plumbers, airline pilots, physicians or any other group of men who face the stresses of our times.
WESLEY W. HALL, M.D.
American Medical Association
Congratulations to SF and Mark Mulvoy for a fine, long-deserved article on the Minnesota North Stars (Minnies Who Are No Moochers, Nov. 22). It is about time hockey fans started classing the North Stars with the established teams in the NHL.
Congratulations on a wonderful article by Mark Mulvoy. It is about time Gump Worsley was recognized for what he is, a tremendous goalie.
What with all the talk about George Blanda being an old man (he goes into a football game for three seconds to kick the ball) people tend to forget that Worsley is just as old and plays 60 minutes of hard hockey in goal. So let us have a little less about Blanda and more about Gumper, who is truly amazing.
While I admire the job Wren Blair has done in making the North Stars the best of the expansion teams, I feel this is a highly temporary state. Such key players to the Stars' fortunes as Ted Harris, Murray Oliver, Charlie Burns, Dean Prentice, Doug Mohns, Bob Nevin and both goaltenders are at least in their 30s. Over a season that will last for 6� months, it is going to be hard to prevent injuries or exhaustion from taking their toll.