FITNESS (CONT.): PLANS AND IDEAS
Congratulations on your article on U.S. physical fitness.
I met recently with Billy Talbert (Captain, U.S. Davis Cup team) and the Rev. Bob Richards to formulate plans and ideas for the Junior Chamber of Commerce's national tennis and track and field program. U.S. Physical Fitness Director Shane MacCarthy heartily endorses our idea, and all concerned believe as I do that "sports encourage mental and physical perfection, and a nation based on this theory will be a strong, unified nation."
SHOOTING: SMALL DANGER
A hearty slap on the back and sincere thanks from the nation's small but enthusiastic corps of handgunners for your tremendously interesting and accurate article on the National Pistol Matches (Ready on the Firing Line, SI, Aug. 12).
Of interest to your readers might be the fact that one of the veteran shots who has cracked the 2,600 barrier is a woman, Mrs. Gertrude Backstrom, of Hoquiam, Wash., who piled up a 2,613 aggregate at the Northwest Pistol regional to become the newest member of the most exclusive club in the handgun world.
You might also have mentioned Bill McMillan, USMC, who has broken the national three-gun record three times in the past four months. His best effort to date—2,652/2,700.
Regarding the international matches, I doubt if there is any danger of civilians taking the ball from our servicemen champions. With the state legislatures and the United States Congress passing more and more restrictive legislation each day, the civilian shooter is slowly being squeezed out of the pistol shooting game by laws which only the law-abiding obey and which are ignored by those whom the laws are passed to restrict. For this reason, civilian shooters, who for the most part are not able to leave their jobs to compete in international matches, thank God for our servicemen who have done their best to uphold the honor of our country on the firing line.
ROY C. SMALL
AMATEURS: WHO IS? WHO ISN'T?
I'm sick to my stomach over the AAU and the men who are bull-headed enough to permit technicalities to destroy American athletes. Herb Flamm is allowed by the USLTA to appear on a quiz show—Lee Calhoun can't get married on TV without relinquishing his amateur status. The old men who decide who is and who isn't an amateur are the most confused people in the sports world today.
GOLF: SHORT, SHORTER, SHORTEST?
I had the pleasure last summer of playing on a hole shorter yet than Mr. Lowell Thomas' No. 3 (Flags in the Front Yard, SI, Aug. 12): the 4th at Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. This hole is 71 yards long, a figure which is misleading, since the tee, situated on the edge of a cliff, is 70 feet higher than the green.
Although I have always considered Bermuda "out of this world," I feel it does hold claim to the shortest hole in the world: the 72-yard 3rd hole at Castle Harbor.
SHIRLEY J. CHILSON
Our No. 4 hole at the University of Wisconsin's golf course is shorter than Mr. Lowell Thomas'. The 4th hole there is 52 yards.
KENNETH M. GORSHKOW