TOWARD THE SUMMIT
Thanks and kudos for Dorothy Stull's admirably informative and judicious reporting of the President's Annapolis Conference on Physical Fitness (SI, July 2). She ended her valuable article well by quoting Dr. Hans Kraus, to whom American schoolmen generally owe more than they can ever repay, "In this conference...we've reached the first ledge in the climb for national fitness."
FREDERICK RAND ROGERS
MEASUREMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS
Since time immemorial "the younger generation" has been the whipping boy of certain of its frustrated elders.
Doubtless when the wheel first came into being, woolly-headed ancients proclaimed it the ruin of the younger generation which no longer would receive the incalculable physical and spiritual benefits of carrying heavy rocks on their heads. I am sure that the first man ever to straddle a horse was denounced as a corrupter of youth, whose collective leg muscles would surely atrophy now that the younger generation need no longer walk. We are all familiar with the prophecy of "a generation of physical morons" supposedly to be produced by the newly developed motorcar. Did not Father walk his six miles to school every day as a youngster?
Now we have Dr. Kraus—his, to me, inconclusive measurements and his mountaineering double-talk.
I say it's nonsense. I have never seen a normally healthy youngster who was not rarin' to exercise, with bat and ball if he could, with stick and stone if nothing else was available. This is as true of boys as it is of girls. Any parent knows that children are just naturally eager to blow off steam any way they can. The "younger generation" is as fit or fitter than we ever were. If you don't believe me, take a look at your own Olympic gallery (SI, July 9).
A physically fit nation is important; I am glad that important government leaders are beginning to take an interest....
MRS. ROBERT M. GRAYLAGE
KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF IT
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S articles, 50 Million Campers and First Blow for Fitness, struck me as terribly contradictory. The program for physical fitness under government tutelage sounds awfully similar to Hitler's and Mussolini's youth programs. Let there be no compulsory business. As SPORTS ILLUSTRATED pointed out, "physical fitness" is a very relative affair. Physical checkups on the President and his subsequent illness show how arbitrary is human judgment.
E. C. SMITH
Drexel Hill, Pa.
Huzzahs for Robert Creamer's idea: the all-opponents-team method of selecting baseball's All-Star teams (SI, July 9). Not only does SPORTS ILLUSTRATED think, it stimulates. However, Ted Williams is not a slow, erratic fielder.
LAUGHTER IN CINCINNATI
I want to enter my vehement protest against the voting system that has placed five members of the Cincinnati team on the National League All-Star team. The players are all good enough, but it is unthinkable that five of eight starters should come from one team. I can name other players who are at least as good if not better.
Cincinnati fans must be laughing up their sleeves at how they caught the rest of the big league cities napping. Some of us, however, are not specifically Cincinnati fans, and perhaps it is not unnatural that we feel completely cheated by this travesty of an All-Star poll.