We are writing to correct a possible wrong impression in the article on our venture along the coast of East Greenland (Horizontal, Vertical and Boreal, Aug. 16). You stated that we "stopped at a couple of [native] settlements, tiny, trashy clusters of wooden shacks where a notable proportion of the inhabitants [Inuit] seemed to be on a perpetual drunk." Only one collection of six houses might be described in that way. Visitors to any community are natural prey to drunks; however, our oft-stated conviction is that Inuit are the most refined, intelligent people we've met on any of our expeditions to four continents. An anthropological truism calls Inuit the apex of fisher, whaler and hunter cultures. Any lesser people would not survive the Arctic conditions. The Inuit town of Sermiligaq, which means "beautiful ice fjord," is a Boreal jewel.
CHARLES HOLMES GROESBEEK
Silver Plume, Colo.
Those wild Barbarian twins, David and Peter Paul (Honin' the Barbarians, June 28), the strongest—and the craziest—bodybuilders around, showed another side of their personalities recently when they traveled to Ventura, Calif. to meet with the inmates of the California Youth Authority institution there.
The Barbarians discussed their own lives with total honesty, although some of the Youth Authority officials looked a little piqued at their off-the-wall comments. Thus, in the question-and-answer period, some of the inmates who were in for drug-related offenses figured they would hear a lot of inside druggie talk when they asked the Barbarians about the use of cocaine. Instead, the Barbarians explained that they don't believe in putting such drugs into their bodies and have no interest in marijuana, much less cocaine. The inmate drug sharpies retired into stunned silence, a good portion of the rest of the audience applauded, and the Youth Authority workers smiled happily.
Can you imagine what the world would be in for if the Barbarians added an artificial high to the natural high they're on now?