BEYOND THE $2
The article Spring in Kentucky
(SI, April 16) and the beautiful photographs in
color that accompanied it were superb. This feature, together with Gerald
Holland's CONVERSATION PIECE with Phil Chinn, was not only interesting but
offers eloquent proof that Thoroughbred racing is far more than merely a $2
J. SAMUEL PERLMAN
Editor and Publisher
The Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form
THE TRUTH MUST
I cannot restrain myself from congratulating you on your stand in defense of
the AAU in "The Poor Old AAU" article (SI, March 5). To rationalize a
situation like this with such weak arguments as have been offered by Shirley
Povich and Senator Carlson (both of whom should be ashamed of themselves) is to
miss the issue completely because they have argued that two wrongs make a
should have been penalized long ago and it is too bad that it wasn't done
before people had a chance to play on the perhaps emotional fact that he is now
a lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
This may tie in
with the unfortunate situation at the University of Washington, of which I am a
proud alumnus. I was amazed that the situation there had deteriorated to such
an extent that "amateur" football players had the gall to criticize
Johnny Cherberg for being too tough on them. That is a penalty which they must
expect to pay if they are to accept money from any outside source.
I wish the best
of luck to both the AAU and the University of Washington's new staff. I have
mixed emotions on the Washington affair because I know Torchy Torrance, Harvey
Cassill and some of the other principals and I like and admire them a lot. I'm
sorry things ended in this messy way, but the truth must come out sometime.
HERBERT T. CONDON JR.
Lieut. Colonel, Infantry
THE GREEKS HAD
WORDS FOR IT
The excellent article "Lesson on a Grecian Urn" (E & D, April 2)
handled the subject [of amateur athletics] so well that I have taken the
liberty to have a number of copies made, and I would like to have the privilege
of reprinting it in our Olympic Bulletin, giving due credit, of course, to
compliments on the high standards of your publication.
Comit� International Olympique
IF BRITAIN RULED
If Colonel Blimp really existed, he would no doubt, in your words, find
"attitudes in the colonies beyond any gentleman's power of description"
and might be inspired to write of the maltreatment by English cricketers of
Umpire Begh of Pakistan (E & D, March 26) in this strain:
makes crystal clah
What long has been a rumour:
The Pakistanis do not shah
The British sense of humour.