What so few bag toters fail to recognize is that it's work! Perhaps if a few more started out with that thought in mind (rather than the glories of living by Lake Gefutch, which is sterile anyway), we might begin seeing a few more pragmatic campers and reduce the overpopulation in the back country.
I do disagree about the stove. I use a little blue butane stove, and it is handier for me than balancing the pot on a pile of unsteady rocks.
W. STUART HOME
Evonne Goolagong wins at Wimbledon and is featured on your July 12, 1971 cover. This year America wins both the men's and women's singles at Wimbledon and Jim Ryun is featured.
A grave injustice to Billie Jean, Stan and U.S. tennis fans.
JOHN R. MOLLENAUER
Your story about Ralph Nader's visit to Australia (PEOPLE, July 17) contains a very inaccurate statement that requires correction. It is simply not true that "the big reds and grays [kangaroos] that are killed for pet food and hides are not disappearing—yet—in places like New South Wales."
In fact, available scientific evidence, almost without exception, indicates that the larger species of kangaroo is being wiped out at a rate that will soon bring about its final extinction.
By annually importing between 500,000 and a million kangaroo pelts, the U.S. has created a tremendous incentive for the slaughter of these gentle, defenseless creatures. Although imports of products from threatened animals are banned by the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1969, Secretary of Interior Rogers Morton has so far refused to add the kangaroo to his department's endangered-species list, which would give an immediate respite to these hard-pressed animals.
The Fund for Animals
John Underwood's account of his interviews with the Cornhusker graduates (The Graduates, July 3) was deeply moving with some of its stark reality, and the contrast between the two Woody Cox pictures (football player, chicory-headed student) told it all. It is this type of feature and excerpts from books like End Zone that inspire us lowly high school athletes and make SI uniquely superior in its field.
Thank you for a great article on the 1972 Olympic Track and Field Trials (The High and the Mighty, June 17), a very competitive and surprising meet in which many new champions arose. I am delighted by Jim Ryun's resurgence. After watching him struggle at the beginning of the year, it is gratifying to watch him become a winner again.
The cover picture was a masterpiece, just as was the one of Ryun and Marty Liquori battling it out last year.