THE JACOBS' ENTERPRISE
I was delighted to see your excellent article revealing the story about the dealings of the Jacobs family and Emprise Corporation (Look What Louie Wrought, May 29).
For the past two years I have closely followed Congressman Sam Steiger's efforts to clean up racing, here in Arizona and elsewhere. Perhaps now those who criticized Steiger will praise his relentless search for the truth.
Your cover story makes reference to a connection between Emprise and "...all the parks and downs in Arizona."
I would like to point out that Arizona Downs and Turf Paradise are not associated with Emprise in any sense, including ownership, concession or services. In the interest of factual reporting, I would appreciate your correcting the wrong impression.
? SI said that two of Arizona's three thoroughbred tracks had been involved with Emprise. Turf Paradise was the exception, and it is the track used by the Arizona Downs Racing Association.—ED.
My father, Tommy Richardson, was deeply involved with baseball for the majority of his 75 years; this included a long relationship with Lou Jacobs. If my father were alive today I know he would be shocked and dismayed by the ugly job you did on a fine man.
The charges you leveled at Mr. Jacobs seem spurious and loaded more with implication than with truth. Ordinarily, I might have read the article with some glee, the attitude exposes are written to elicit. However, knowing the man's reputation, I simply refuse to believe the particulars of the case as you presented them. If your article has done nothing else, it has warned me not to accept with perfect credulity anything I read in the press, and especially in your magazine.
Unfortunately, you chose to begrime Lou Jacobs posthumously, so your rumors cannot be verified at firsthand. I feel assured, though, that his dealings were as pristine as possible, under the circumstances.
New York City
John Underwood and Morton Sharnik are to be commended for their excellent expose on Emprise. It was a journalistic masterpiece.
For the past several years I have tried to explain Stanford to "outsiders" only to receive a courteous, "Yes, I know." However, armed with Ron Fimrite's article (Disciples of Another Creed, May 29), which truly captures the spirit of Stanford, my life among the armchair quarterbacks and armchair university presidents will be much easier.
BASIL N. PANARETOS JR.