CHALK ONE UP
Your story on pool hustling (Easy Times the Hard Way, Aug. 8) was excellent. It's nice to know the inside truths of the life of a pool hustler.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Although I am now teaching at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., I did at one time tend bar in Phoenix. While there, I had many occasions to observe the "Danny Ds" on a daily basis.
I would like to congratulate Barry McDermott for his excellent, heartwarming "behind-the-scenes" article on Danny DiLiberto.
Immediately after reading about Elgin Gates (If You Call Him Old Folks, Be Prepared to Duck, Aug. 8), I made plans to skip down to Vandalia, Ohio to watch him take on the trapshooting elite of the U.S. armed forces.
After that, I am going to Omaha to see the 145 stuffed heads and other pieces of animals this man collected.
Then I'll come back home and wait for your next article on saving grizzlies or whales or eagles and try to figure out SI's editorial policy toward wildlife in general and endangered species in particular.
RICHARD S. WELLS
Elgin Gates is certainly to be congratulated for his records in outboard motorboat racing and trapshooting, but anybody who would roam the world, trophy hunting—while others roam it trying to save species—can only be classified as someone with an overinflated ego.
I was extremely pleased to see SI finally carry an article on one of the shooting sports.
THOMAS J. EARDLEY
Thank you, Pat Putnam and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. I've never read a better article than Putnam's A Star Bows Out, A Star Bows In (Aug. 8). It is the work of a true pro.
Congratulations on a fine article on an outstanding fighter. I just hope Carlos Monzon has the common sense to quit before he becomes another Muhammad Ali.