Because Dan Jenkins is one of my all-time favorite writers, I looked forward to his account of the British Open duel between Nicklaus and Watson. As he suggested, Watson has established himself as a great player who will probably win many more major championships before he trades in his wedge for a walking stick.
But Dan's "obituary" on Jack is probably premature. This isn't the first time Jack has been written off; I particularly recall the recent dominance of Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino in some majors, when everyone wondered where Jack was. Well, he's still here, and maybe the reason everyone is wondering why Jack is having such a "bad" year—second at Augusta, second at Turnberry and more than $200,000 in winnings this year—is because he expects to win every tournament, and everyone expects him to win. He's just in a class by himself.
From reading your recent article about snowless skis (Stem Turn Through the Tulips, July 25) I have come to the conclusion that if the drought keeps up, these will be the hottest items in the West. What is the price of these skis?
?It's about $110 a pair at Rolla Ski Canada, Ltd., Montreal.—ED.
Having been a sports fisherman for several years and having hooked several blue marlin but never boated one, I thoroughly enjoyed Stanley Meltzoff's informative article (Like a Neon Shadow in the Sea, July 25). However, Mr. Meltzoff failed to mention that the current world record for Atlantic blue marlin is 1,142 pounds. The record fish was caught off Oregon Inlet, which is dubbed the marlin capital of the world by many.
JOHN C. STINSON JR.
Although he is a fine painter, Stanley Meltzoff needs to do a bit more research on underwater billfish photography. His statement, "No one, as far as I know, had ever observed the blue marlin beneath the sea" is far from correct. Many photographers have.
UP AND OVER
As the world's greatest high-jump freak, I enjoyed Marsh Clark's article on Vladimir Yashchenko (Just an Old-Fashioned Lad, July 25), the 18-year-old Soviet high jumper who broke Dwight Stones' record (which was, by the way, 7'7�", not 7'7�", as your article stated). Up until a few weeks ago, Stones' competition was, let's face it, hardly star-studded. But with Yashchenko on the scene we see a whole new picture. I just hope that at the World Cup this September in D�sseldorf, the Russians have enough pride in their newfound record breaker to match him against a proven champion—Stones.
Your article (Fight On! And On and On, July 25) was superb. For two men to fight barefisted for four hours is remarkable. If boxers were conditioned like that today, you would see better fights.
As a professional boxer, I must admit the article left me breathless.
Franklin Square, N.Y.
RAGE TO LIVE
Douglas Chadwick's The Grizzly's Rage to Live (July 18) was a magnificent article. I too was in the Flathead Valley during the fall of 1976, and raised many a cold one to the legend that was the Giefer Griz.