I do not care how or why the contest was arranged but I do think it was refreshingly different to watch. No new records were established, no perfect execution was shown, but the unexpected more than made up for this. Where else but in the Superstars decathlon could one see Johnny Bench disqualified in a swimming event for "walking" or a double-bogey 6 on the final hole win a golf event for Jim Stefanich? Today's sports are so perfected that the outcome of most contests is predictable before they even begin.
The future possibilities for the Superstars are endless. I agree that some events should be changed, but the basic idea is sound. Imagine Wilt Chamberlain vs. Elmo Wright in a hotly contested set of tennis!
CHARLES C. FLYNN
Jackie Stewart must be congratulated on his fine work (Going Racing Along a Dream Road, March 5). The world's best driver has come up with a design that, if constructed (and I really hope it is), would be the world's best racing circuit. He has included every possible kind of feature that a road course should have.
West Paterson, N.J.
You did a fine job of detailing the course. Besides being a racing circuit, the "dream course" sounds like a park or golf course, with fresh air, rolling hills and snack facilities. If it is ever built it should be quite a layout. I hope Jackie Stewart's dream comes true.
While I generally agree with the philosophy of commercialism for wildlife (Eyeball to Eyeball with Africa
, Feb. 26), it must be emphatically stated that in practice it is a rarity for drive-through animal parks to spend even 1% of their gross income on conservation, education and research. Most of these new "zoos" lack professionalism and are fast becoming amusement parks only. What we really need is the best of both worlds, the goals and objectives of the traditional, nonprofit zoo combined with the business sense and imagination so successful in the commercial safari park. In other words, commercialism is good for wildlife and humanity depending upon what is done with the product and its profits. It remains to be seen whether or not this movement will prove socially responsible; I hope it does.
RANDALL L. EATON, PH.D.
World Wildlife Safari