...You have let me and 2,000,000 other people every night of the week, who populate our roller skating rinks all over the country down. At Monmouth Garden in Denver, Colorado the earlier part of the month were young men and women from all 48 states, Canada and England who competed in the National championships of the Roller Skating Rink Operators of America (RSROA), which is the ultimate goal of every skater who ever put on a pair of skates more than one or two nights a week, and that figure, gentlemen, runs as high as 3 or 4,000,000 all over the country. These men and women, ranging in age from 3 or 4 years old all the way to men and women in their 30s and 40s, who practice three and four hours every day for sometimes as long as six months before state competition ever takes place. Only those contestants placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd ever go on to regional competition (of which there are seven regions); a month to six weeks later the contestants who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd may then go on to nationals, and just to skate before the thousands of people who witness this great spectacle, which will last from seven to 10 days, is in itself a thrill that may come only once in a lifetime as the entrants pay all expenses themselves, being strictly amateur.
I hope to see something on skating in the future but will continue to enjoy your magazine...
RICHARD D. FOLEY JR.
I have enjoyed the first three issues. However, I would like to know what Ed Zern has against Michigan fishing? In vain do I look for a report in The Fisherman's Calendar.
The editors may not be aware that the state of Michigan leads the nation in sale of fishing licenses year after year. So please give us a break and let us know how the browns are doing in the Manistee and Au Sable. Are the bass biting at Waugoshance Point?
WALTER J. RUSSELL
Grand Rapids, Mich.
? Mr. Zern has been alerted. See Fisherman's Calendar.
I was very much disappointed...not to find even one small mention of square dancing or folk dancing. Why was this omitted? Isn't dancing termed a sport? At least it takes a good sport to be a good dancer. Dancing should definitely have its place among the sports columns in all papers and magazines...If you don't believe that square dancers are happy people, you should have been with us in Dallas, Texas at the Third National Square Dance convention last April. It was estimated that 100,000 people were there.
ALLEEN B. PACE
Would you believe it?
That Landy could trail Bannister by so much, that both could still beat the four-minute mark, yet neither equalled the world's record? We thought you would find this picture of interest, especially as it has not yet been published anywhere.
KELVIN G. HATCH
Hatch & Co., Ltd.
BEER & POLO BOYS
Your real customer is the sports fan. You're writing for the yachts and polo-ponies boys. You're talking to the Martini crowd. The real sports fans are beer and pretzel boys and you'll never get us with that sort of thing.
Des Moines, la.
?Maybe it's beer and polo. The picture above was taken at Milwaukee, Wis. last Sunday at the windup of the National Twenty Goal Polo Tournament. Milwaukee, famous for beer and baseball, has been drawing crowds in excess of 5,000 to its Sunday polo matches at Uihlein's Field. Bob Uihlein Jr., a Milwaukee brewer and owner of the field, is on extreme left. The lady is his wife. The others are members of the victorious Texas team. Uihlein's team had been eliminated earlier.