I am intrigued,
however, by the possibility that the pride of the Dalai Lamas may have come
from Dogpatch, U.S.A.; surely Al Capp would not dare deceive us with some $150
Manchu darling from Tibet?
JOHN M. RICHARD
? Al Capp,
challenged by SI to explain this hairy coincidence, delved into his collection
of prehistoric cave strips and with pen and brush replied as follows:
October 18, 1955
Mr. Richard is, of course, entirely right. Hairless Joe and the Lhasa Apso are
brothers under the hair. It happened this way.
At the dawn of.
time, one prehistoric hair ball rolled out of a cave, and soon, as was
destined, met another prehistoric hairball of the opposite sex.
Soon, there were
drifted apart. One line developed first into the now extinct Bearded Herring
then, eons later, there appeared on land the bewhiskered monster known as the
Tyrannasaurus Gabbihayes which, in modern times, reached its finest flower in
Now the other
line went this way. It first evolved into the Old English Sheepfish and then,
after it became amphibious it developed into the fabled Fullerbrush lizard and
then, scarcely eight billion years
later, it turned up in Tibet as the Lhasa Apso (which in Tibetan means "the
Hairless Joe Dog.")
I hope this
takes the bitterness out of the controversy.
HISTORY IN THE
The excellent drawing of the memorable Sandy Amoros catch in the seventh game
of the 1955 World Series that appears in your October 17th issue must be a
permanent display in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Would you do us and baseball
SID C. KEENER
National Baseball Hall of Fame
?SI and Artist
Robert Riger are glad to contribute this bit of history to the Baseball Hall of
Fame. The original drawing, suitably framed, is on its way.—ED.