The ideas (to some they may appear more like dreams) of Mayor Jean Drapeau ( Montreal's Motto: Have Fun, June 3) truly are fit for the whole concept of an Olympics. Reading the article, I, too, was caught up in a new spirit concerning the Games.
It is refreshing to hear politicians speaking of games and, while using a practical idealism, connecting such games with our feelings about life. We do expect a certain peacefulness, as Mayor Drapeau suggests, but we are treated instead to displays of crass nationalism and trivial politics.
Yes, M. Drapeau, let us have some games in Montreal. Merci.
RICHARD G. KIEF
Had I lived in Colorado, I would have voted and campaigned against holding any part of the Olympics there or anywhere else. However, after reading of Yvan DuBois' plans and his statement, "These are games, not business," my faith has been renewed. DuBois' efforts will make the Olympics, once again, a human congregation for the participants, for the citizens of Quebec and for the world. The Games, which only a while ago seemed on the brink of expiring, will become inspiring. My money will be spent not to support our national team but to support DuBois' plans and our return to international humanism. I enthusiastically await the sale of Canada's Olympic coins.
I certainly enjoyed reading the article on Ivory Crockett (Gold to Ivory, Ashes for Tony, June 3). However, I was dismayed to learn that there are still dissenters in the media on the West Coast who would insinuate that Tennessee clockers could not be trusted. Obviously, these people did not know the facts about this great record dash.
The Knoxville Track Club officials, who serve during most meets at Tennessee's Tom Black Track, have had more than 12 years' experience in clocking track events and are not to be doubted. Furthermore, Ben Plotnicki, the starter of the record run, has been starting track events for 28 years and, indeed, had called a false start on one of Crockett's opponents just prior to the record run. If Crockett had jumped the gun, you can bet Plotnicki would have called it.
Most notable are the recorded times of that run. The three clockers got Ivory in 9.0, 9.0 and 9.1. The electronic timer caught Crockett in 8.94. If anything, the clockers' times may have been a bit slow.
After reading Pat Putnam's fine article on Ivory Crockett and Tony Waldrop, one would have to wonder about the NCAA officials who decided Crockett could not run the 100 meters in 9.6 seconds, so they moved his time up to 9.9, the world record but wind-aided. If he had run 9.6 in the Olympics it would have been a world record. Luckily Bob Beamon did not make his record broad jump in the NCAA championships or the officials would have decided that no one could jump that far.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
My compliments on your beautiful article Off the Shores of Gitche Gumee (May 27). In an age of industry and little true beauty, Robert H. Boyle has told it like it is. As a onetime resident of Minnesota and admirer of Lake Superior, I can attest to its beauty. The barges on the horizon at night, the early morning fog and the birds are all a part of the lake. I hope that taconite miners can take time out to see the utter beauty they are helping to destroy.
Re "The Wooing of Walton" (SCORECARD, May 27), how can you talk of the persistent rain of Oregon when Portland's normal annual precipitation is lower than—or at least no higher than—that of Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Boston or New York? Perhaps it only seems to rain more in Portland because we have not yet paved over all of our grasslands or cut every tree.