THE SHOE FITS
William Leggett's article on Bill Shoemaker's quest for 7,000 winners (6996, 6997, 6998, March 15) was very interesting. I hope the greatest jockey of them all doesn't hang up his tack until he hits 10,000. But please! Don't cheat Johnny Longden out of six winners. "The Pumper" had 6,032 victories, not 6,026.
?Sorry. Johnny pumped hard but came up with only 6,026.—ED.
Olympic heroes will be a dime a dozen, major league baseball and professional football are sure to produce one or two superstars and Jack Nicklaus may win his grand slam, but let's stop all the arguing now. Bill Shoemaker for Sportsman of the Year.
BRADLEY N. TUFTS
Gerald Strine's attempt to immortalize Eugene Zeek (The Sting, March 8) fell markedly short when he let the readers know that Zeek attempted to reenter the U.S. by offering to return the million-dollar rip-off.
The final analysis showed Zeek to have self-exiled himself in his homemade prison. Granted, if one has to pick a prison, Grenada is a good choice, but at the time he obviously had no idea that he was cutting himself off from his sole lifeline—action.
It seems to me that people who live on action first and dream of the big killing are sadly disappointed if that lightning in the bottle is ever caught. Zeek is getting his just reward without the law enforcement agencies having to intervene.
Keith Mano's article (Say 'Cheese,' Mom and Pop, March 15) about Joe Paterno has restored some of my faith in the credibility of football coaches. Two of my sons have basked in the warm overtures of recruiting followed by the harsh realities of indifference and degradation, so it was most reassuring to read about a compassionate coach.
Mano's article on the one and only Joe Paterno accurately relates the reason for both his successful record and the fine men he turns out.
But please, Mr. Mano, go back and research the words to our Alma Mater!
When we stood at boyhood's gate,
Shapeless in the hands of fate,
Thou didst mold us, dear old State....