In his article You Hear Loons Calling (June 23) Mason Smith created as eloquent a piece of contemporary journalism as I have read in your magazine, maybe in any magazine. I heard the fresh sounds of his quiet summer, of water lapping on newly varnished wood. Smith's words are laid together as tightly as are the ribs on his brother's Rushton canoe.
I greatly enjoyed the article by Mason Smith. Many people have discovered the satisfaction of designing, building and sailing their own craft. It is a total and individual effort carried out in a world characterized by mass production and lost identity. The work is hard with little monetary gain, yet the reward is great if you are willing to make the sacrifice.
People like Mason Smith and marine museums and shops such as those in Mystic, Conn. and Bath, Maine are helping to expand an art that had nearly become extinct. The admirers of J. Henry Rushton, Howard I. Chapelle and Nathanael Herreshoff are indebted to you.
William Leggett's suggestion (TV/RADIO, June 23) that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences consider an Emmy sports award program is an excellent one. The growth of sports on television during the past 15 years has been phenomenal and it is time that the sports Emmys have their own place on the tube.
The problem is that the growth is all too recent by TV standards. Before 1960 ABC had no sports department and CBS and NBC sports vice-presidents were directly under news departments.
Leggett's periodic comments on TV sports are excellent.
North Hollywood, Calif.
Xenophobia is growing (It Was a Foreign Affair, June 16). I am one American who is appalled at the notion that there is something wrong or even unfair about foreign athletes competing and winning in the NCAA track championships.
We Americans pride ourselves on being a nation of immigrants and one that judges people on merit. There is nothing wrong with a university letting the best athletes, of whatever heritage, represent it in athletic competition.
Any collegian's education is heightened by meeting, being a teammate of and competing against articulate students from different cultures. These non-American athletes, many of whom are honor students, give American society much more than they take from it.
The NCAA track meet is held to determine the best American collegians, not the best American collegians.