He is," Jack Twyman wrote of Maurice Stokes to Staff Writer Jerry Tax, "particularly proud of Art Shay's photo of himself standing alone. It occupies a prominent spot in his room as a constant reminder of the ultimate goal."
But Jack Twyman also felt he had to break his hard-traveling basketball itinerary to tell Tax personally of other results of A Brave Man and a Good Friend, which appeared only three weeks ago. He came from Syracuse to do it.
"Maurice has got more than 500 letters already," Twyman said. "This kind of help can't be measured. They are very dear to Maurice in his recovery. About 100 of them contained money, about $1,200 in all. I sure hope you people appreciate your readers."
Jack Twyman tends toward understatement This is how he sincerely regards the circumstances by which he became the guardian of his encephalitis-stricken teammate on the Cincinnati Royals: "Anybody would have done the same thing."
The Sportsmanship Brotherhood doesn't agree with him. On March 15th at New York's Hotel Astor it will give Twyman its annual award.
One letter which Maurice Stokes has not yet seen came to Managing Editor Sidney L. James from Joseph C. Flynn, the principal of School 37, Buffalo:
"Enclosed find check. Please send as promptly as you can 50 copies of your February 1 edition to be placed in our classrooms. I would like them for our Brotherhood Week activities.
"By the way, our faculty plays our varsity on February 11. We shall forward the proceeds to the Stokes-Twyman Fund. The proceeds perhaps won't be much, as ours is an elementary school."
Readers inclined as Mr. Flynn may also write—to Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, or to any of us here.