Walter Bingham's article Shoot-out at the T Bar M (March 20) is really an injustice to Nancy Richey Gunter, who has been playing brilliantly of late. Admittedly, the participation of both Evonne Goolagong and Chris Evert greatly enhanced the tournament in terms of crowd appeal and made excellent copy for the press. Furthermore, no one will dispute the statement that the draw was bad. But those who witnessed Mrs. Gunter's come-from-behind victory over Miss Evert here in Bethesda in February would take issue with Mr. Bingham's proposed seedings. And I am sure Billie Jean King would be the last to suggest that Mrs. Gunter won the Maureen Connolly Brinker tournament by default.
Perhaps the crowd would have preferred to see Evonne against Chris, but the better match was in fact Nancy against Billie Jean.
JANET F. AND WILLIAM CATALONA
O.K., Chris Evert, I think you are sexy (They Said It, SCORECARD, March 6). Now, please help me with my game.
I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Debbie Heald for her spectacular victory in the mile run during the U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. track meet (They're Sweet 16 and Deserve a Kiss, March 27). I was, however, a bit unhappy with the remarks about Richmond. If Debbie can find her way back to Richmond, I will personally locate a bottle of Coke for her and do it after 10 p.m.
Congratulations for the article on Paula Sperber (She Never Played with Dolls, March 20). Pat Putnam mentions in this story that Paula would like to become a teacher. I am sure students in the high school I attend would go half crazy if Paula taught a class. But I think I would take the chance, just to have her as a teacher.
"You couldn't get me within a mile of drugs. I don't need drugs to turn on. Love turns me on. People turn me on. Sports turn me on. Just being alive turns me on."
A great message from Paula Sperber!
Tell Coach Mike Praznovsky that Paula Sperber could never make people forget Marion Ladewig.
In your article Where the Chase Is a Song of Hound and Horn (March 20) Jim Harrison refers to the history of the stag hunt as "a glorious history, a history with 'class' rather than the casual .30-30 bushwhacking of deer moving along their feeding runways back home."
Bushwhacking? Is it more humane to chase down a deer with dogs and horses than to sit in a blind and end it all with one shot? Why is running deer with hounds outlawed in most, if not all, states in the U.S.? Because it is humane? I don't think so. Some so-called hunters blast away at anything and everything, but does this mean that all woodsmen are thoughtless jerks?