When I was one of the pre-publication subscribers to SI, I thought I would be getting a magazine like TIME?a lead story and then 100 pages of all sorts of sidelights. I was wrong, and I was mad at first. Then I got to like the pictures too. The backfield shot of the Arkansas team in the Nov. 1 issue was superb. You actually report West Coast events?with pictures and art work?as well as the Eastern events. This was as big a surprise as a West Coast team ( UCLA) hitting the top of the AP poll!
Of late, therefore, I have taken to savoring the more detailed aspects of your magazine. Your art work, for instance, is far better than I surmised it would be. Besides drawing on material that is virtually in the publicdomain? Winslow Homer, Audubon, etc.?your selection of work of Fletcher Martin and Athos Menaboni for publication shows you have the public interest at heart?again unlike TIME. The small spots in the SOUNDTRACK section, drawn as far as I can make out, by some fellow named Ajay, combine the modern technique with the old, sound principle of not detracting from the written material.... As an old commercial art student, I like his style and would like to see illustrations such as his on a larger scale?such as on the story Brooklyn Loses.
ASK THE MAN WHO OWNS ONE
Your Nov. 22 question in Jimmy Jemail's HOTBOX was asked of the wrong people. You asked horse people. Ask a horsewoman's husband if you want a truly objective answer.
The wise men say a good marriage is built on compromises. My compromise has been to learn horseman's lingo?in the same manner as the girl who is invited to a big football game and knows nothing about it. She assiduously learns a few stock phrases to bring forth, sagely, when needed.
At a recent show of the Bridlespur Hunt, of which Mrs. Scherck is secretary, I trotted out my phrases in rotation, at which point one of my fox-hunting friends chimed in, "Quit bluffing. I'll bet you don't know the difference between a hock and a wither."
The answer to that was simple. "When you are in the horse-show business, a hock is what you do with your watch. A wither is what happens to your wife."
Are horsewomen tender? Not very. But blamed interesting to live with. And at that, hunt breakfasts aren't so bad. After all, what can you do with a Sunday when it's too cold for golf?
H. J. SCHERCK
P.S. If the Honorable Secretary of the Bridlespur Hunt writes you, don't believe a word she says. Unlike me, she's prejudiced?as were all the horse people to whom you addressed the Nov. 22 question.
?Hon. Sec. as yet unheard from.?ED.