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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
September 19, 1955
THE TEST OF A CHAMPION Sirs: America's racing fans, who seem to number millions, finally had their match race. The upshot is controversy, a feeling that nothing was settled and a nagging sense that Swaps either was physically unfit or should never have been matched against Nashua in the first place. This is not surprising. No match race has ever proved anything with certainty. No match race has ever satisfied anyone completely. And, surprisingly, only a few have ever represented a real duel.
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September 19, 1955

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Quite a number of readers have written to you requesting guest membership cards in Happy Knoll and, I notice, they have been granted. This is quite in keeping with the general tenor of SI.

May I respectfully request, though, that SI sell guest memberships in Happy Knoll for the sum of $1, all proceeds from which sale shall be turned over to the United States Olympic Fund? And, to start the ball rolling toward Melbourne, I am enclosing my check in that amount....
KENN ROMNEY
New York

? SI is grateful to Mr. Romney for a new idea in contributing to a fine cause and, having forwarded his check to the Olympic Fund, welcomes him as Happy Knoll's first paying guest.—ED.

WILDLIFE ON THE GREEN
Sirs:
I'm afraid Irwin L. Stein's "conservationist" (E & D, Sept. 5)—whose

"...putt was purposely missed,
Absurd, but strictly legal.
He is a conservationist
And will not shoot an eagle."
—is still a stinker for:
Unless he missed another putt,
His record still is dirty.
I know he spared the eagle, but
He now has shot a birdie!
JACKSON C. ALLEN
Chattanooga, Tenn.

PROGRESS REPORT
Sirs:
I am glad to report that Mrs. Emma Gatewood, whom you "patted on the back" in your Aug. 15 issue for hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, is now on her way through New Hampshire. I met her on top of North Carter Mountain about a week ago. I casually asked her where she had come from, and when she replied that she had come from Mt. Oglethorpe, Georgia I almost dropped.

She complained that the New Hampshire trails were not well marked. In fact, two days before I met her, she had got lost after dark in the rain, and curled up under a pine tree and fallen asleep....
JOE KELSEY
Montclair, N.J.

END OF A HEATED DISCUSSION
Sirs:
Could you please inform me if Dr. Roger Bannister has run the mile since the Mile of the Century at Vancouver and, if so, what was his time?

I was in the midst of a heated discussion—one side saying that Dr. Bannister ran the mile fairly recently in 4:11 (in some charity or exhibition meet), the other side saying that he has not run the mile since his retirement and that it was Wes Santee who ran the 4:11 mile....
H. E. QUICK
Medina, Ohio

? Dr. Bannister has not run the mile in official competition since the Mile of the Century. He ran a metric mile at the European Games in Bern, Switzerland on Aug. 29, 1954 and won it in 3:43.8. But the metric mile is only 1,500 meters. The mile is 1,609.3 meters. Wes Santee ran a 4:11.1 mile in a special invitation meet at Toronto on Aug. 20.—ED.

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