Thank you and Giles Tippette for the article (Of Noble Rites) in your Oct. 7 issue. Articles on the bulls, especially one as well written as this one, are too few and far between. When such pieces are written, they are usually rife with inaccuracies and totally misleading. With the exception of some minor technical inaccuracies, Mr. Tippette's article is very well done.
HARRY A. CONNER, President
National Association of Taurine Clubs
El Cajon, Calif.
I have seen both toreros mentioned in the article fight, and I have seen the beauty they and others can create on the sand. I have also seen days like the one described in Of Noble Rites. Like other sports, bullfighting has its good and bad days; both can be rewarding, though, if honesty prevails.
Although it is a bit early, I would like to nominate the obvious choice for your Sportsman of the Year award—Henry Aaron.
Live Oak, Fla.
In a year full of prima-donna professionals and greedy commercialism let me be the first to nominate the finest and purest athlete of 1974 as your Sportsman of the Year, West Coast runner Jim Dunn. And for best supporting star, who else but his mother?
Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert have virtually done it all in a year of exceptional tennis competition and well-deserved recognition of the woman athlete.
A. F. GARVEY
Tony Waldrop should be a strong candidate. Who else has run nine consecutive sub-four-minute miles?
Bernie Parent and the Flyers proved that Philadelphia isn't a team of losers after all.
C. J. PIERMAN
New York City
WFL Commissioner Gary Davidson.
Upper Marlboro, Md.