In the article I was mentioned as the world-record holder in the bench press and identified as a Canadian citizen. This statement is incorrect. First, I don't have the official record yet, because the AAU didn't see fit to fly in the required three international judges for the meet in Hawaii. They told me that they didn't have enough money.
Second, I would like to refute the statement that I am a Canadian. I represented the U.S. in the 1974 world championships and competed in the U.S. junior nationals twice and in the U.S. collegiate nationals twice. I am an American and proud of it! Please get this straight because I plan to be a winner at the next world championships.
Thank you for the fine article on Jane Frederick (Plainly, Jane Has a Penchant for the Pentathlon, Nov. 21). One thing bothers me, though. You said that the 157-pound Frederick could bench-press 205 pounds—a fairly hefty lift even for a 157-pound male. What is more, in your article on Jan Todd, the world's strongest woman, you state that Todd's 176.4-pound bench press is just 34 pounds short of the women's world record. I am awed that Frederick, a track and field athlete, can bench-press a weight so close to the world record in an event she does not train competitively for. Please check your figures.
? Frederick, who has been training with weights three days a week since 1973, says she bench-pressed 205 pounds last spring, when she was at the peak of her strength and weighed 165 pounds.—ED.
As an avid surf fisherman and longtime Melville buff, I thoroughly enjoyed the article Tumult on a Wild Shore (Nov. 7). William Humphrey and your readers might be interested to know that it was not at Nantucket that Melville had his thought on meditation and water. Melville first visited Nantucket in July 1852 when he sailed there with his father-in-law, Judge Lemuel Shaw of Boston. This was almost a year after he had written Moby Dick, where the famous passage appeared.
BROWN VS. PENN STATE
As a recent graduate of Brown University, I was seriously disturbed by the opinions expressed in your VIEWPOINT column (Nov. 14). The author ascribed purely financial motives to Brown officials for opting to play Penn State, which, admittedly, has fielded a stronger football team than Brown and expressed a different athletic philosophy.
One of the essences of sport is competition between people and institutions of all sizes and philosophies. Restrictions on competition merely demean this. Implicit in the article is the belief that the student-athletes at Brown would be "embarrassed" if Brown did not beat Penn State. Winning is not the only goal of Brown teams. Another worthy goal is to test one's skills against those of the so-called powers.
As a three-year member of a Brown basketball squad that played Maryland, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Furman, Providence and Wake Forest, I can honestly say that despite losing, I enjoyed the attempt at winning.
JAMES M. BURKE
In the excellent VIEWPOINT on the 1983 Brown-Penn State apparent mismatch, it might well have been pointed out that Penn State Coach Joe Paterno is a Brown graduate who played quarterback for the Bruins. This might have been the main reason Brown was bold enough to move out of its class.
ONE FOR THE YEARBOOK
Thank you for Bil Gilbert's article on high school football (That Senior Season, Nov. 14). Although I played at Canarsie High in Brooklyn, I found my experience to be very similar to that of the Vicksburg, Mich. players. From the first week of August practice, which we named "Hell Week," to the athlete's father who always knows more than the coach, similarities abound. Even the personalities are similar. I could match one of my former teammates to each of the Vicksburg players Gilbert mentioned.