JIM DUNN'S FOOTSTEPS
Young Man on the Run (Aug. 12) was an intensely interesting article. Jim Dunn's ingenuity, simple faith, sheer guts and appreciation of nature and his country should be a fine example for all Americans.
RANDALL. A. WEST
In an age when people jump into their cars to go two blocks for a pack of cigarettes, a six-pack or a loaf of bread, it seems to me that many of our adult leaders could find answers to a lot of questions if they pursued their problems with as much honesty, courage and determination as was displayed by this young man.
Someday in my travels around this country I hope I have the privilege of meeting Jim Dunn, for he is a true sports hero.
THOMAS F. KELLY
Thank you for allowing Jim Dunn to show all of us "young men on the run" the proper spirit with which to attempt any such endeavor. Unlike most of us, he not only made the run, he missed very little on the way.
WILLIAM G. RYAN, D.D.S.
I enjoyed Jim Dunn's story. He should be considered very lucky indeed to have such indulgent parents. Most people have dreams, but turning them into reality, well, that is something else. Having parents who recognize a dream and are willing to help can greatly aid in the complete development of a child.
My dream was to bike the same distance Jim traveled but from Canada to Mexico, following the coast. Two friends and I were financially prepared for the journey. However, our parents turned thumbs down on the trip, shattering our plans and egos.
Hats off to Jim and to his wonderful mother!
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Please thank Jim Dunn, not only for the tremendous account of his feat but also for his determination and perseverance to keep on running, no matter how much it hurt or how much he had to sacrifice. Three months ago I suffered a torn cartilage in my left knee and was operated on one month ago. I am just now coming around to where I could possibly start jogging. Jim's article, since it came from one near my age, has given me the incentive and encouragement I need to work harder than ever to get my legs back in shape for cross-country this fall. I am deeply in debt to him.
I remember hearing about Jim Dunn when he came to Tillamook, Ore. The article says he "stopped at the perimeter of a high school near Manhattan Beach to watch the football team practice and the cross-country team work out." The name of the school is Neah-Kah-Nie, and I'm a member of the cross-country team. I thought I recognized Jim but wasn't sure. I'll always regret not going over to him and saying Hi.
As a member of the physical education academic community, I was mortified to learn that my colleague Mike Marshall is a genuine flake (He Also Serves Who Sits and Waits, Aug. 12). It is indeed decent of Mike to demean himself by playing such a boring game with his obvious inferiors and to be forced into communicating with sportswriters who aren't sharp enough to get it straight. His obvious Herculean efforts at public relations should also be lauded. I hope his $87,500 annual salary will compensate for any discomfort he might incur.