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November 15, 1954
FACELESS MILLIONS Sirs:Congratulations on your fine article on the boxing situation.
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November 15, 1954

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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?An excellent idea. Dr. Durward Allen, eminent ecologist, formerly in charge of wildlife investigation on agricultural lands for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and associate professor of wildlife management at Purdue University, will present the ecologist's view in SI, Nov. 22.?ED.

Your article by Mr. Edmund Gilligan entitled The Foxes Thai Never Eat Pheasants is a message that has needed to be said for the last 25 years.

Mr. Gilligan has handled the subject as only he could and you are to be congratulated for printing it. Well done....

I personally have some money I would like to use to distribute reprints of this article near and far....
The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation Inc.
Kingsville, Ontario

Mr. Canham is oh, so right in labeling the fact that we don't even compete regularly in six Olympic events as a "serious oversight." Only rarely in America is competition conducted in the hop-step-and-jump, steeplechase, 400-meter hurdles, hammer throw, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs. It is no wonder then that America sometimes makes a rather poor showing in most of these events.

As Don Canham points out, many of our best athletes retire before their prime. The Russians this summer inquired about Olympic 400-hurdle winner Charley Moore and were amazed to hear that he was no longer running. Many of our best runners and throwers retire early, not because they are tired of competition, but because they can't find it. There are fairly good track programs in New York and California, and to a lesser extent here in Chicago (although competition opportunities in this area are increasing), but on the whole the graduated athlete has to look hard and long to find sufficient competition.

The solution to this problem is by no means simple, nor is it as difficult as might be expected. Many colleges and towns sponsor large relay meets in the spring. If clubs and unattached athletes were allowed to compete, even if only in one or two open events (and some of the meets do allow this already), there would be more incentive for the runner and thrower to continue competing after leaving the interscholastic program.
HAL HIGDON, President
U. of Chicago Track Club

As a member of the last Olympic team I read and was favorably impressed with your article, Russia Will Win the 1956 Olympics. I hope that many more articles will appear on track and field. They should stimulate interest and help to solve the problem.

Last summer I toured Europe on a personally financed development tour, competing in my event. At present, individual fanaticism is the only means available to overcome the problem. However, few youngsters would be willing to sacrifice in the same way.

Track officials in Europe are amazed at our lack of programing for our youth, particularly in view of what they consider the tremendous wealth of material in this country. We are preoccupied with big money and professional sports. Still, we should be able to organize some track and field program to fill the need. Articles like Can-ham's are a step in the right direction.
New York

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