ROCK OF AGES
I really enjoyed the article about the 18-year-old racehorse Golden Arrow (Good Old Time for an Oldtimer, Sept. 3). He is indeed remarkable, but his dam, Rock Mart, is even more so. A foal of 1941, she has produced 13 offspring, four of which have raced more than 100 times: Market Out (103 races, 18 wins); Wellfleet (106 races, five wins); Happy Face (104 races, 21 wins); and, of course, Golden Arrow. Rock Mart has also produced Montenegrin (89 races, 11 wins) and Flawless Rock (59 races, six wins).
San Jose, Calif.
The item in SCORECARD (Sept. 3) really got to the heart of the Bobby Knight affair. Although I think the penalty imposed is wrong. I also feel that Knight was wrong in not going to the trial and that he is wrong now in not appearing before the judge to appeal the verdict. Coach Knight is hurting his own cause by being stubborn.
Regarding SI's view of the Bobby Knight incident, I couldn't disagree more. The sentence ($500 fine and six months in jail) is ludicrous, and any court that would issue such a sentence is not worth complying with. Nor is the offer of a suspended sentence by such a court to be trusted.
I don't blame Bobby Knight for not appearing in Puerto Rico, and I think there are few people who would appear if placed in his situation.
If Puerto Rican courts are not "drumhead institutions," then why would the case of Bobby Knight, with all of the eyewitness testimony in his behalf, even reach a trial? There should never even have been one.
And why does SI consider Knight's not showing up an insult to the court, when you state that pleading in absentia is perfectly "acceptable under Puerto Rican law"?
If Bobby Knight spends even one day in a Puerto Rican jail, it will be because the Puerto Ricans don't like him, not because he is guilty of any crime. And if not liking someone is the basis for sending one to jail, who amongst us would avoid serving time?
I have defended hundreds of people accused of crimes in my life, and the ones who were truly not guilty wanted to move heaven and earth to prove it. Congratulations on standing up for the values that keep our nation together.
CHARLES B. TIFFANY
Thank you for the recognition you gave Detective Don Patterson of our Cheyenne Police Department (SCORECARD, Aug. 20). We are extremely proud of our police officers, and they were doubly effective during our Frontier Days celebration.
Frontier Days is a great outdoor rodeo that is held annually during the last full week in July. We invite all your readers to the 1980 festivities; however, please advise them that Cheyenne is in the great state of Wyoming, not Colorado.
City of Cheyenne