When I was three years of age and my brother was nine weeks old, we embarked on an adventure similar to that of the Abernathy brothers (Roughriding Rover Boys, May 17). With Jeff riding a duck and myself a broom, we rode from Mexico City to Anchorage, Alaska in three days (we didn't miss one light). Carrying only travelers checks we did the best we could for milk and diapers.
Our father had previously become famous by catching great white sharks bare-handed. He used a technique very much like the one Jack Abernathy used with wolves, holding the shark's lower jaw down so the shark couldn't bite. He wore only a thin glove on his hand (the thinner the better).
Later we were offered $1 million if we could cross the continent in one week riding wild rats. We were six seconds late and were not awarded the money. The only ones waiting for us at the end of our journey were our father and a few interested cats. No kidding.
?The Abernathys' feats, though hard to believe, are well documented.—ED.
In your Baseball Issue (April 12) you correctly pictured Henry Aaron wearing No. 5 as a rookie. However, you did not show a rookie picture for Joe DiMaggio, the most famous No. 5 in baseball history, although you discussed his fine rookie year. Would you have recalled that he did not wear No. 5 then? He wore No. 9.
DAVID P. HAWKINS
New York City