Going to the races has been a pleasant pastime for me for many years. The normal odds against picking a winner are high enough; but when you add another factor the problem gets hopeless.
KENNETH R. PYATT
I am about to compile my performance figures, but first must know whether the Daily Racing Form or Morning Telegraph has devised a system to designate Buty horses to the possibly unwary chart reader. A simple lower-case "b" might mean the horse was breezing, or even bewitched, bothered and bewildered—but then, a Buty horse is liable to be all four. I'm sure the brain trust at Triangle Publications could devise an elaborate symbol such as the word Butazolidin spelled vertically in the form of a hypodermic syringe.
HARRY D. SNYDER JR.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
?The Morning Telegraph lists those horses which have received Butazolidin in its charts for the previous day's racing at Arlington Park, where the drug may be legally administered. The track itself, as William Leggett pointed out in his article, lists Buty horses for the day's racing on mimeograph sheets posted at the track.—ED.
THE REST IS SILENCE
Congratulations to Jack Olsen for The Land of Silence (July 25). Those of us who have experienced the therapy and spiritual uplift of wilderness living will consider this a classic bit of writing. It is Emerson and Thoreau at their best.
Just reading about The Land of Silence was extremely restful.
West Orange, N.J.
Your story of Jerry Barber (A Barber with a Razor Edge, July 25) is a long-overdue and richly deserved tribute to a fighting, working champion.
I had the pleasure of meeting Barber when he was in Tucson for our 1960 Open. In an interview here, he was asked his height. "Oh, about 6 feet 3!" "Weight?" "Oh, about 210 pounds." And finally, "How much longer do you think you'll be on the tour?" "About another 10 or 12 years."
Those San Francisco Zoo officials could certainly do better than SOO-HOO GIVES GNU TO ZOO (PAT ON THE BACK, Aug. 1). How about NEW ZOO GNU DUE TO SOO-HOO? Whew!
Mrs. JOHN FAY
OLD MASTER OF THE SEA
Your SPECTACLE "Sun on Sails and Sea" (July 25) was a masterful job. Henry Koehler's paintings captured every moment and emotion of this great regatta.