We in the media tend to lionize those students with superior athletic skills and ignore those whose interests and skills lie elsewhere. It's an unfortunate trend that does little to publicize the value of fitness. Reevaluation of our perspective on sports and fitness is in order, and your article will help us in the task.
It was a pleasure to read Walter Edmonds' reminiscence of his early experiences as a fly fisherman (A Birthday to Remember, Jan. 31). Several years ago, a group of us purchased Northlands, the Edmonds' estate near Boonville, N.Y. The pond on which Walter practiced his casts is still there, and the farmhouse—all 16 rooms—is in nearly the same condition it was when he was a boy.
After the purchase I negotiated with Walter's wife, Katharine, to buy the furniture and decorations that remained in the house. Above the fireplace in what we call the library, a stuffed trout mounted under glass caught my eye and I expressed a desire to purchase it. She would not sell it to me, but was kind enough to donate it. It hangs there still. Quite possibly, this is the same 8�-pound trout that Walter's father caught at Murray Bay so long ago.
?Edmonds says the mounted fish is, indeed, his father's big trout.—ED.
PITT'S DR. Z
In the Jan. 17 FACES IN THE CROWD, you noted that Paul Zehfuss, a 74-year-old eye surgeon, had shot two holes-in-one in one round of golf.
Your readers might also be interested to learn that Dr. Zehfuss was a member of the 1927-28, '28-29 and '29-30 basketball squads at the University of Pittsburgh. The first and last of those teams were winners of the mythical national championship.
While earning his Pitt medical degree, Zehfuss was a freshman basketball coach; later he was an assistant coach, and a physician with the student health office. His exemplary professional and World War II military service brought him the Pitt Varsity Letter Club's Letterman of Distinction Award in 1965.
In addition to being an "ace" golfer, he also well represents what intercollegiate athletics can and should be about.
ROBERT C. ROSBOROUGH
Pitt Varsity Letter Club
ANOTHER MARIS FEAT
An item in FACES IN THE CROWD (Jan. 24) says that Brent Fullwood set a national high school record when he returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in one game. An old high school yearbook of mine says that Roger Maris, who's better known for his baseball accomplishments, returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in a 1951 game as Shanley of Fargo, N. Dak. defeated Devils Lake 33—27. Who's right?
C. MICHAEL REIMRINGER
West Henrietta, N.Y.
? Maris' returns for TDs were never submitted to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the arbiter—and SI's source—of such records. However, Maris' football coach at Shanley, Sidney Cichy, who, incidentally, has twice appeared in FACES IN THE CROWD (Nov. 17, 1975 and Dec. 5, 1977), assures us that Maris did run back four kick-offs—all for more than 80 yards.—ED.