While I have great admiration for his son Babe's courage in holding his ground against a wounded boar's charge, Mr. Curtis seems to have forgotten one of the hunter's major responsibilities: to use a weapon that, given good shot placement, will ensure a quick, clean kill, so that the prey suffers as little as possible before death.
The use of a .22 (which Mr. Curtis himself admitted is almost totally ineffective against boar, and which required 12 slugs plus some luck before a "natural" could achieve a kill) was a poor lesson in sportsmanship for a young hunter, extremely foolish (the boar's charge almost succeeded) and bordered on the sadistic. One wonders if Mr. Curtis intended to hunt boar or merely to blast away at them.
ROBERT A. MARSHALL
I am terribly weary of killing-for-pleasure glorifications, whatever their basis or justification. Since SI is a sports publication, what is wrong with confining yourselves to the field of sport?
STEVEN E. VEST
New York City
Why does a boy "come of age" because he kills a boar with a dozen bullets? I fail to see anything in this even resembling sport. Of course, some boars must be killed for ecological reasons. Also, I admit the story was entertaining, but doesn't it belong in a hunting magazine? Aren't there sports, such as cliff diving, amateur wrestling, mountain climbing and the great Irish sport of hurling that are just as interesting? I'm sure there are.
JIM DUNN'S FOOTSTEPS (CONT.)
The experience Jim Dunn has shared with SI readers ( Young Man on the Run, Aug. 12) is most impressive. In the true pioneer spirit he dared to be first. He had a vision, and through his indomitable will he made it reality. Others will follow in his footsteps, some perhaps faster, but he led the way.
Jim's writing is simple, beautiful and totally human. Runners and joggers can't help but identify with some of his feelings. Parents will feel the hollow fear and anguish of Mrs. Dunn during her long hours of waiting and searching following missed rendezvous. And Jim captured the West Coast of the United States as it is.
With leaders like him, the future of this country will be in good hands.
J. R. BLISS
Ford Island, Hawaii
It was a super article and gave me a feeling of pride to know that there are still a few adventurous and exciting people left on this earth who love our planet and what it has to offer.
The article was extremely well written in a simple down-to-earth style that perhaps only a schoolboy could produce. Jim's success just goes to show that the Olympics is not the only place where we find true champions.
Jim Dunn's run from the Mexican to the Canadian border must be classified as truly amazing. The uniqueness of the trip and the perceptiveness and preciseness with which Dunn wrote about it combined to make this one of the most fascinating and beautiful pieces you have ever printed in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.