Thank you for Kent Hannon's article on Providence College's heretofore unheralded guard, Kevin Stacom (The Sound of Quiet Kevin, Feb. 4). Having seen Kevin play a number of times last year and during the current season, I knew that an article such as Hannon's was inevitable. In this day and age of collegiate superstars it is refreshing to read about a young man whose values and ideals transcend the confines of the basketball court.
JOAN M. GAVIN
West Hartford, Conn.
As a Providence College alumnus (1956) and avid basketball fan, I took great pleasure in your article on quiet Kevin Stacom. PC's highly successful athletic program has allowed this small college to mix it up with the large universities. No doubt Stacom and Marvin Barnes will join Ernie DiGregorio, Johnny Egan, Lenny Wilkins and Mike Riordan as successful pro players. The Friars have turned all Rhode Islanders into basketball nuts. Last year they averaged 10,000 fans per game—nearly three times PC's student population.
JOHN V. SCHOLAN, M.D.
Essex Junction, Vt.
I found the article on Bud Deacon (Hurdling Life's Barriers, Feb. 4) extremely interesting. I suppose many of us wonder how we can possibly maintain even a little of the form that we have in our prime. Bud Deacon has mastered this, and more. I don't have any idea of what life in the 60s is like but I now have something to guide myself by when I get there.
After reading Richard W. Johnston's account of this amazing 62-year-old retired Navy commander, all I have to say (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) is: you're a better man than I, Bud Deacon! I salute this fine elderly gentleman for his apparently successful efforts to defy the laws of nature. He is to be genuinely admired for his gritty determination. I do not exactly go along with the Deacon Diet; still that odd-sounding concoction called Gookinaid seems fascinating and worth a try.
WILLIAM F. O'BRIEN
I have great respect for Bud Deacon but he is just a kid and some of the applause should be reserved for more mature men. Besides winning seven events in the 70-and-over division of both the 1971 and the 1972 Seniors Track Meet at Cal State, Los Angeles and holding several senior records in both track and field and swimming, I won the men's doubles tennis championship at Montecito Country Club when I was 70 and was runner-up at 73. This was not a senior event but was open to all members.
JOHN R. WHITTEMORE
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Thanks for the eye-opening, eyebrow-raising article on Commander Deacon. Some of these sexagenarians perform better than teen-agers.
On a front much smaller than track and field—but growing—our Peninsula Wrestling Club is planning the first "vet set" wrestling meet in the Eastern U.S. for late March. All entrants must be at least 30 years of age. Modified college rules will be used.
Peninsula Wrestling Club
The item concerning former University of Kentucky Coach Blanton Collier and his now famous staff (PEOPLE, Feb. 4) shows that UK has made mistakes with its football program. Kentucky has had only one season over .500 (6-4 in 1965) since Collier & Co. were fired in 1961.
You ask, "Fired anybody else lately, Kentucky?" The answer is yes. John Ray was fired in 1972, after four years as head coach. Ray is now defensive coach for the vastly improved Buffalo Bills.
But the future of football at Kentucky is bright. Last season the Wildcats opened a 58,000-seat stadium under new Head Coach Fran Curci and finished the year at 5-6. Six of UK's opponents went to postseason bowls. Kentucky defeated two of them ( Tulane and Georgia) and lost close games to Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Florida. It marked the first time that a Kentucky team had won more than three games since that 1965 season. So Wildcat fans are excited. They have forgotten about Collier, Don Shula, Chuck Knox—and even Bear Bryant. The future is with Fran Curci, at least for now.
P. R. STEPHENS