Like many people in South Africa, Zola Budd is a victim of political forces beyond her control. I have sympathy for this innocent 17-year-old, but I have much more sympathy for the black 17-year-olds I knew as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, an independent nation surrounded by South Africa. While Zola's dilemma is one concerning mere fame and glory, theirs is one of survival and human dignity. For every Zola Budd, how many black South Africans are born with talent only to have it strangled by apartheid? How many potential Sydney Marees have been crushed by South Africa's racist policies?
OLYMPIC LICENSE PLATES
We appreciated the mention of California's 1984 Olympic Games License Plate in the March 5 feature (Ready to Play, Sam?) by Ken Reich on the Los Angeles Olympic Games. However, we're at a loss to understand whence came the statement, "...state officials have lowered their sales projections from 50,000 to 20,000." We're concerned about a possible lack of public interest induced by this statement. I've directed this program for the Department of Motor Vehicles since its inception early in 1983. We set our goal at 50,000 plate sets and have maintained that target. Plates were first released to the public on Feb. 15, and by the end of April, 13,000 plate sets had been sold.
Proceeds from the $l00-a-set plates are split by law—approximately $65 to help defray Games-related state and local law enforcement and traffic control expenses (including those of the L.A. County sheriff), $25 to the state's environmental fund, and $10 to cover manufacturing and administrative costs and to amortize repayment of $200,000, advanced under the statute, to the Office of Tourism. Unlike the various other products bearing the LAOOC symbols, these plates are the product of a nonprofit operation.
ALVIN J. LIVINGSTON
Chief Deputy Director
Department of Motor Vehicles
ANOTHER STYLE SETTER
Allow me to respond to the letter from Joseph Malik of Berwyn, Ill. (19TH HOLE, May 7) concerning "properly baggy" plus fours. He remarked that Billy Casper committed a "no-no" by having a crease in them and stated, "They should be baggy baggy."
Earlier that week my mother had gone through old copies of her theater programs. In the playbill for New York's Liberty Theatre for the week of April 9, 1923 (George M. Cohan's Little Nellie Kelly was playing), there was an article called "What the Man Will Wear," signed BEAUNASH. In it there was a section about plus fours, from which I quote:
"A great fillip to the vogue of plus-four knickerbockers has been given by the Prince of Wales, who wears them with pleats at the waistband and a crease down the centre of the leg. This looks undeniably spruce, even if it does seem like 'putting on a lot of side' for the sports."
How can Billy Casper be wrong when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor) wore a crease?
ROY E. KRUSE JR.
?Last week SI gathered together as many pictures as our staffers could locate—30-odd—of the former Prince of Wales in plus fours, only to find that if he wore a crease in them at all, it apparently was at the side of the leg. The photograph shown here was taken in August 1923 at the French resort of Le Touquet.—ED.