Your article, "Why Ronnie Knox Quit California," was interesting and especially well written. However, with great respect for Harvey Knox's concern for the success and well-being of his stepchildren?one can't help but feel sorry for the youngsters. Normal kids do not want their parents exploiting them. They like to make good on their own. It will be interesting to follow their careers?as they are really on the spot now.
South Pasadena, Calif.
I read Harvey Knox's expose of himself with interest, especially between the lines.... I am fully convinced of two things:
1. Poor Harvey is suffering from a terrific juvenile persecution complex and refuses to face the reality that Ronnie is a man and someday is going to have the problem of facing life without his sophomoric father smoothing over every ruffle for him.
2. Vic Schmitt, Pacific Coast Commissioner, had better roll up his sleeves and really investigate this "under the table" proselytizing that evidently certain influential alumni of our state schools are using to build up their athletic rosters.
ROBERT R. LA BRIOLA, D.D.S.
I noted with interest the article, "What You Should Know About Bird Watching." On Sunday, August 29, the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs met in Ithaca, N.Y. for their seventh annual meeting. I'm enclosing two "bird's-eye views of bird watchers" taken as they posed for friends on the ground.
DAVID G. ALLEN
The third issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED brought me...the "Truth About Spinning" (SI, Aug. 30). Objective, well-balanced reportage on what to me, anyhow, had been a subject shrouded in the mysteries and arbitrary dicta of the "professional" fishermen.
Just before leaving for a weekend by the seashore ( Cape Cod) I packed up my old bait-casting gear as well as the new spinning outfit I had planned to rely on exclusively.
ANDREW DE HIRSCH
WHAT KIND OF MAYHEM?
So Dick Hyland in Column of the Week (SI, Aug. 30) wonders what kind of mayhem is taking place on the professional gridiron, does he? Well, he has either mellowed somewhat or has a short memory, as it is not too long ago when he was well acquainted with mayhem on the collegiate gridiron.
I recall a game between St. Mary's College and Stanford...when Dick was a dashing halfback for Stanford, and a considerable amount of mayhem took place that afternoon in Stanford Stadium...A St. Mary's quarterback named Gorman lost the sight of one eye, and Stanford end Spud Harder suffered two broken jawbones. Numerous minor injuries-were received by other players, and they didn't wear "cages" on their faces in those days.
We are desirous of securing information about a famous baseball character of the turn-of-the-century?a "fan" known to all as "Well, Well Frank." He inspired a story by Zane Grey, entitled "Old Well-Well" (included in The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories, published by Grosset & Dunlap). We are eager to learn his full name and would welcome any and all available facts about him.