Finally, don't underrate the West in any way—it's just as good or better than the East any time!
PUT UP OR SHUT UP
HOTBOX (July 18) contains an offer by a Mr. Harry Tucker, of New York, identified as a "horseman and stockbroker," to put up $1,000 on Swaps in the event of a match race between Swaps and Nashua.
I happen to be a member of the opposite camp. Would you be good enough to tell Mr. Tucker that I will take a hundred dollars' worth of that rash money?
FREEMAN NAPIER JELKS JR.
?Like Mr. Jelks, Mr. Carl Adams of New York has indicated that he will take $100. And Mr. Brian A. Miller of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will take a thousand. To all three, Mr. Tucker says, "It's a bet."—ED.
While enjoying reading through the Aug. 8 issue of SI, I ran across your article titled Sailor in the Treetop concerning that lumberjack—Danny Sailor of British Columbia. I can wholeheartedly agree with your article in that he is the world champion and has run completely out of competition—in other words, he's sensational.
I noticed that you failed to use any photos. May I offer the enclosed snapshot? (See cut). I'm sure that other SI readers would be interested.
Fort Bragg, Calif.
IT'S ABOUT TIME
It is about time that the idea of the Olympics was reiterated (SI, Aug. 8) for the benefit of sports fans (and newspapermen) in the United States. A contest of this nature (or any nature) should definitely not be distorted into any kind of maneuvering for political gain! I have been sickened and disappointed by articles and publicity releases urging changes in the training of our amateur athletes—changes thought up solely to build up our Olympic teams so we can prove to the rest of the world that we are as supreme in sports as we think we are in other aspects of international life.
ANNE M. STADLER
TOWARD THE TRUE SPIRIT
Congratulations on Dr. Charles A. Bucher's Are We Losing the Olympic Ideal?
Here's hoping that SI in 1956 will set the example for all U.S. publications by not once mentioning point scores or national prestige, strength and honor. Stress the individual performance; ignore the nation. Perhaps even Russia will eventually tire of nationalistic sports ballyhoo that goes unanswered, and the games will again reflect their true spirit and tradition.
JOHN M. BLATT
RELAX WITH A HARD HANDSHAKE
I was highly impressed and greatly refreshed to see Dr. Bucher's article, Are We Losing the Olympic Ideal?, presented in SI Aug. 8. It was written in honesty and in a spirit of undiluted and uncompromising fellowship.