NAMES TO REMEMBER
You blew it (SCORECARD, Dec. 22-29)! The noteworthy fact was not that Mwinga Mwanjala was in the 1,500-meter university-meet race in Tanzania with Filbert Bayi or that she finished fifth. The noteworthy fact is that Mwanjala, who competed in the National AAU championships in Madison Square Garden last winter, is the only athlete—living or dead, man or woman, amateur or pro—whose first and last names begin with "Mw" and end with "a."
Director, New York Office
Amateur Athletic Union
New York City
As a longtime admirer of Willye White, I was happy to read Pat Jordan's account of her quest to make her sixth U.S. Olympic team (From the Land of Cotton, Dec. 8). The article reveals her sensitivity as well as her competitive spirit. I sincerely hope she realizes her goal and wins a medal in Montreal. She deserves it.
WILLIAM A. MARKS
I read the article twice. It was a beautiful story about a wonderful athlete and, more important, a wonderful person. Everyone could learn from Miss Willye B. White.
If by chance she does not make the Olympic squad, I recommend that the U.S. send her anyway—to represent us all.
O.J. KING JR.
In my 14 years of reading SPORTS ILLUSTRATED I have become accustomed to the excellent style of your writers. However, as sports editor of the Commonwealth, the daily newspaper here, I must object to Pat Jordan's description of Greenwood. I'd like to tell him that the massive mansions on Grand Boulevard are not aging and untended. The drive is one of the more scenic areas of Greenwood. Greenwood's streets and sidewalks are not littered with balls of cotton spilling out of trucks and warehouses. My office is downtown, and I can't remember seeing the streets and sidewalks in such a condition. The townspeople do not have a habit of narrowing their eyes at the sight of anyone, white or black, who is not a native. My wife and I have lived here for a year and we have not received such treatment. It is not true that blacks drive through Carroll County only if it is absolutely necessary. The general consensus here is that the story should have been more accurate, since this is today and not 1962.
I am writing in response to the article concerning the U.S.- U.S.S.R. boxing confrontations (The Search for a Few Warm Bodies, Dec. 1). All of us in amateur boxing were unhappy that the first match in New York, where we defeated the Russians 6-4, was not reported in depth. CBS televised the event, and all those who viewed it said it was one of the most outstanding shows of that nature in years. Conversely, the article stressed the bad points.
The invitation to the U.S.S.R. to compete in the first all-heavyweight program was not made on a win or lose basis, but to obtain bouts for young U.S. amateurs, to develop them and to expose them to international competition. Your article gave the American public the impression that our boxers are inept, which is not true.
ROBERT J. SURKEIN
East Moline, Ill.