Certainly Edgar W. Garbisch Jr. and his work in nature are sufficiently important to be reported on their own merits. I am surprised, however—and a little disappointed—that author Boyle failed to mention Edgar's football-playing father, Ed Garbisch, an All-America center who graduated from West Point just 50 years ago. In 1954 he was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and in 1959 to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Robert H. Boyle's salt marsh story is getting much comment here in Washington. You have published the perfect controversy story, one that is being played big by both sides. The Conservation Foundation, National Wildlife Federation and Sport Fishing Institute are circulating the piece to their constituents; the Fertilizer Institute (Mr. Ferd) called me to bring my attention to it. Marshes are great for getting rid of all that horrible super-enrichment!
National Wildlife Federation Washington
Re Kenny Moore's story (A Kind of Mexican Standoff, Nov. 3) on the Pan-Am Games, he states that " Cuba lost...to surprising Puerto Rico." Probably only Mr. Moore was surprised. All knowledgeable international basketball fans are quite aware that Puerto Rico's showing throughout the past 16 years has been superb. It has beaten Cuba and almost everyone else consistently.
JORGE BERM�DEZ TORREGROSA
JOY OF SOCCER
Sarah Pileggi's story (The Joys of Discovering a Grand Old Game, Nov. 3) was a true pleasure. With a motto like AYSO's (Everybody Plays) and your interest, it won't be long until soccer becomes this country's No. 1 game.
Re "Down the Drain" (SCORECARD, Nov. 3), the selfishness of the owners, legal problems and Memphis- Birmingham aspirations aside, wouldn't it be grand for the 1976 season if one of the two new NFL expansion teams was permitted to have its first 28 picks from the players of the old WFL and the other to have its first 28 picks from the 1976 college crop?
Such a plan would have immediate box-office potential (no matter where they played)—the WFL and the new college kids against the established NFL teams, rather than the usual years of pain and suffering expected of expansion clubs and the fans who watch them.
BILL L. WILLIAMSON