Sir Roger Bannister is a remarkable human being—a late-20th-century Renaissance man. His forceful, insightful essay, Beyond the Barrier, in the Aug. 13 issue covered the two most important dimensions of sport: the special world of the elite athlete, i.e., the Olympian, and the multifaceted world of "sport-for-all." Bannister's essential message is that mankind is the better for having enlarged both these dimensions.
Dr. Bannister will be in the U.S. Feb. 8-10 for an Olympic Games symposium at Skid-more College. The meetings will be open to the public. As a sport historian, I look forward to sharing the speaker's platform with Sir Roger, a uniquely cosmopolitan man.
Professor of Physical Education
Penn State University
State College, Pa.
Roger Bannister's mile! It made a welcome wave and washed the world with hope. I felt it then and for years afterward.
And I felt, too, something of Bob Beamon's awe when, on television, I saw him cover his face with his hands after his prodigious leap.
Now, after reading Sir Roger's lofty footnote in your Silver Anniversary Issue about Beamon's jump being "altitude assisted," I wonder: How does Sir Roger take his record—with one asterisk (pacesetter Chris Chataway), or two (pacesetter Chris Brasher)?
UNCLE ARBRIA'S PHILOSOPHY
About halfway through The Peach Brandy Man (Aug. 13), I asked myself: What's this doing in a sports magazine? By the time I had finished the article. I could only say thank you, thank you.
A real sportsman will always have time to entertain the Uncle Arbrias of this world. Yes, Don Sutton is a fine man. And Phillip Timothy Gay is a fine writer.
The Peach Brandy Man was one of the most heartwarming and interesting stories I have ever read. Arbria Johnson's philosophy concerning man's relationship to his fellowman is very similar to my own: if you like a person, "it don't matter 'bout color, never has."
ROBBYE W. TUCKER
Phillip Gay's article was a wonderful story about a wonderful man.