What Levin failed to mention is that not only is the Head a test of an oarsman's endurance, it is also the test of a coxswain's skill. The winding turns, narrow bridges and crowded river brought on more collisions than a traffic circle.
I hope this article will help promote the growth of crew here in D.C., and maybe next year I'll be at the Head again.
I enjoyed your article. However, I would like to point out that the lightweight fours was not the only mixed event. Dallas Abbott ( MIT '74) and I ( MIT '76) rowed in the pairs race against all-men's boats. Our purpose was not to compete for a winning position, as I weigh 110 pounds and Dallas 130. Instead, we hoped to set a precedent so that next year the Head of the Charles would include a separate pairs event for women.
IN PURSUIT OF GROUSE
As a hunter who is tired of reading about the evils of hunting, I thank you for the fine article by Jim Harrison (Marching to a Different Drummer, Nov. 4). He did a marvelous job of capturing the feeling one gets when pursuing grouse.
PETER K. LAWTON
Having lived only a few miles from the Manistee River all my life, I especially enjoyed Jim Harrison's story. He clearly depicted the beauty and pageantry of grouse hunting in the northern Michigan woods. I know well the thrill and excitement of shooting a grouse on the fly, and the frustration of coming home with an empty bag.
A PECK OF PICKLES
As usual, I enjoyed Kenny Moore's writing style in his recent article concerning the Aerobics Center and Dr. Kenneth Cooper (A Run for Their Money, Nov. 4). However, one statement attributed to me was somewhat misinterpreted. In the paragraph where I say that three out of five patients I see have hypertension, I did not exactly make the statement that all the salt "a man needs in a year" is contained in one dill pickle. What I had intended to say, and evidently this was misheard, was that if you ate a dill pickle every day, that would be all the salt you would need for one year. One dill pickle of medium size contains about 1.4 grams of sodium, and the average amount that a person consumes is in the neighborhood of one to three grams per day. It is a well-known fact that the average American consumes 15 pounds of salt per year. This excessive salt intake is felt by many to be one of the prime reasons we lead the world in the number of cases of hypertension.
RANDOLPH P. MARTIN, M.D.