Just read how to remove a fishhook (Tips for the Trail, SI, July 2). How
primitive can you get?
neatest way is to run a sharp, pointed knife blade along the inside of the hook
to the barb. One or two short movements will cut the tissues under the barb and
then, leaving the blade where it is to cover the barb, the hook can be very
neatly backed out. No sweat, no strain, no trauma.
HENRY J. VOMACKA
surgically inclined still prefer to push the hook through the skin and cut off
COLD COMFORT IN
I am thoroughly puzzled by Henry Longhurst's cryptic reference to the refusal
of Stan Leonard and Al Balding to play in the Commonwealth vs. Britain golf
matches (SI, July 16). Why did they feel "not welcome" in England? What
happened? Did Canada have any representation at all?
? Canada was not
represented. Stan Leonard and Al Balding, a couple of young Canadian pros used
to the cheerful amenities of New World locker rooms, were totally unprepared
for England's stark and Spartan approach toward golf. The two Canadians were
far less impressed by the hoary trophies and traditions of the almost
century-old Royal Liverpool Golf Club than they were by the awful weather, the
unavailability of hot food and the tournament committee's neglect in reserving
hotel space for Leonard. Rooms were finally found 12 miles away in Liverpool
(as much a symbol of urban dreariness in English humor as Hoboken is here), but
Leonard and his family soon fell into a state of brooding depression over these
accommodations. Someone had scattered dead fish around the hotel door, and
every night scores of trucks rumbled past their windows to the open vegetable
market down the block. Under these circumstances Leonard and Balding found it
hard to give of their best on the links (Balding finished 17th and Leonard
failed to reach the final day). Both players were scheduled to play in the
Commonwealth matches two weeks away, but the prospect of a fortnight in
Liverpool was too much: the Canadians packed their bags, Leonard gave a last
shuddering look at the hotel and both went home to Canada. Henry Longhurst, an
eminent British golf writer who reported on the Open for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED,
was nonplussed. "Most young men of my acquaintance," he wrote in the
London Sunday Times, "would give anything for a five weeks' trip, first
class and free, to the New World, but the process in reverse lacks appeal....
Human nature has not changed much since Shakespeare wrote "Blow, Blow, thou
winter wind...." Said Stan Leonard: "I've had more fun and seen better
organization in a Vancouver caddies tournament."—ED.
Enjoyed The Pikes Peak Boys (SI, July 2) but confused by some remarks in the
article. I refer to the following quote: "He [Dad Unser] does commandeer
prize money when the Unser boys win it—which they do frequently. Dad officially
owns and enters all the cars the boys drive. This preserves the boys' amateur
By what line of
reasoning can one arrive at this conclusion?
regulations are not rigidly defined in automobile racing. Although the Unser
boys receive no money for driving their father's cars, they are not amateurs by
SCCA standards, which in general forbid entering competitions for prize
Dad Unser and his Pikes Peak boys was a fine story and I see they did all
right. But why no picture of Uncle Louis? How did he make out on the climb?
?Uncle Louis (see
below) came in a respectable sixth.—ED.