I believe I did the right thing in not going through with the snatch. I also believe that people have gotten down on Hayes too much. His actions are prompted not so much by anger as by competitive spirit. Besides. I like to consider myself a member of the Hit by Woody Hayes Club, and the more exclusive it is, the better.
In your Nov. 28, 1960 issue you included Charles Brownmiller ( Lafayette '17) of Easton, Pa. in FACES IN THE CROWD because he had attended his 50th consecutive Lafayette-Lehigh game. On Nov. 19, Brownmiller saw his 67th consecutive Lafayette-Lehigh game. You might consider giving him a "replay."
HILTON N. RAHN JR.
IN DEFENSE OF GOALIES
When I tell people that I'm a hockey goalie, they usually look at me out of the corner of their eyes and say something along the lines of, "Gee, didn't I see you in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?" or, "How long have you had this problem?" or, "I know a good plastic surgeon." Well, after seeing Neil Leifer's photograph of the Islander-Flyer brawl in your Nov. 21 issue (Just What the Doctor Ordered), I have a reply.
If you'll notice, the two goaltenders, Glenn Resch and Bernie Parent, are shown placidly standing shoulder to shoulder, observing the melee from a safe distance. While everyone else was grabbing everyone else, I imagine they had a conversation like this: "Gee, Bern, it looks rough in there, doesn't it?" "Yeah, it does, Chico. And they say we're nuts!"
I'll take flying pucks over flying fists and elbows any day. I'm sure Bernie and Glenn (and Rogie and Wayne and Ken and Gilles) would agree.
As a schoolteacher, football coach and power lifter-body builder, I enjoyed the article about Jan Todd (The Pleasure of Being the World's Strongest Woman, Nov. 14). She squat-lifts more than I do! Jan and Terry Todd are to be admired not only for their success in power lifting, but also for the success they have achieved in their life-style.
Your article on Jan Todd made my day! Yes, some of us are built for power. For years I've enjoyed pulling tree stumps, tilling the garden, hauling off boulders, etc. I do it not only for the sheer physical joy of meeting those challenges, but also for the joy I feel when my husband and neighbors express their shock that I, a woman, can do these things. I'm 5'5", 130 pounds.
It's reassuring to me to know other women who are built for strength are not ashamed to use that strength and take joy therein.
Salt Lake City
Your article on the world's strongest woman was very interesting and informative. I hope that I am lucky enough to find a woman such as Jan Todd.