The newsreels will be around for a while.
•And we for one are glad of it. However, any good Movietone cameraman should have recognized Artist Kaufman's rendition of 35-mm. newsreel sound equipment.—ED.
TV FOOTBALL: MISSING CHARACTER
We enjoyed your fine article Greatest Show on Earth. In your cast of characters you have five officials, but in your kickoff picture we think you have omitted the back judge. Shouldn't he be following the kicking team up the field?
•The back judge had moved off SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's page to retrieve his dropped whistle.—ED.
Old Mountain Boy Hickman has never been more droll than when deadpanning Yale into his "Eleven Best." A modicum of explanation is called for. Was it the narrow win over mighty Connecticut, or the heroic loss to those Colgate gorillas that copped the honors?
Others, more callow, will perhaps protest the exclusion of any one of 600 teams, from Michigan to Fenger High, which were stronger in football, but weaker in Ivy. Let me merely mention the pick-up touch team at St. John's of Annapolis.
In line with your rock-ribbed tradition, why waste time with the draft of a few uncouth coal miners' sons into professional ball? Why not devote the space to the draft of the entire Harvard varsity into the State Department? Let's have more articles on ping-pong and truffle rooting. Why not a change of name to something like Endeavour Aristocratic?
•The editors go along with Hickman in believing Yale to be one of the best teams in the country and consider it indeed a pity that they could not meet Michigan or Fenger High.—ED.
DUMMY AND CONNIE IN BUFFALO
I was much interested in your story on Paul Helms (SI, Nov. 19), but would like to point out one error. Helms's uncle, "Dummy" Hoy, is not 91 years old but 94. He was born May 23, 1862, and is believed to be the oldest ex-major league ballplayer.
I am enclosing a picture of the 1890 Buffalo Players' League Club on which Hoy was the center fielder and Connie Mack was the catcher. Although this team finished in eighth place, 19 games out of seventh, it had the distinction of boasting three men who were to be nonagenarians. Mack lived to be 93 and Jim (Deacon) White was just a few months short of 92 when he passed away in 1939.
JOSEPH M. OVERFIELD