So Floyd Patterson just can't understand why the public was not behind him (SCORECARD, Aug. 1)? Let him turn to page 50 of the same issue and read that his manager is negotiating for a fight with one Henry Cooper of England. Who in the world is Henry Cooper? I admit that he is probably as worthy a foe as was Pete Rademacher, Roy Harris, Brian London, Hurricane Jackson, but come now, what about Liston, Machen or Folley? Could it be that Mr. D'Amato chooses a worthy contender by the improbability of the contender dethroning our Floyd?
Floyd, if you run out of contenders let me know, 'cause there's a popular tomboy down the street who is the bully of the neighborhood. Just think of the gate you'd draw.
New York City
Floyd Patterson should not feel that his fellow Americans were not behind him when he regained his championship. I not only believed he could, but hoped very much that he would.
We felt that, win or lose, Patterson is a credit to his sport and his country. No one hears him bragging about his "left."
FRANCES TYSEN NUTT
New York City
In his excellent article (Heavyweight in Waiting, Aug. 1) Gilbert Rogin wondered what Sonny Liston would do if he had to give ground or, in other words, if he got hit himself. Having seen Sonny fight many times, I can answer that. Sonny has been hit by some of the best punchers in the game, like Nino Valdes, Cleveland Williams, Mike DeJohn, Billy Hunter and Zora Folley who himself had 29 kayos to his credit. Sonny shook them all off and dispatched them all with his own size 14 fists.
FINALLY THIS SUMMER
For years my favorite beach sport (second to girl watching) has been the standing broad jump. Finally—this year—I measured one of my best jumps and found it to be 8 feet 2 inches. Now I want to know what's been done in this event.
?Nothing extraordinary has happened since Aug. 29, 1904, when Ray Ewry of St. Louis jumped 11 feet 4[7/8] inches in St. Louis.—ED.
Please explain what a "salad of rugola" is, which Fred Smith mentions in The Byways of Capri (May 25).
A. J. MRUGALA
?Rugola, says Fred Smith, shown above nibbling at his desk, is a watercress-shaped salad green that adds a piquant flavor to a tossed green salad. It can also be served alone with vinegar and oil dressing. Known as arugola, rucola, ruccoli or rocket salad, it can be found at some Italian greengrocers in Boston.—ED.
I was astonished to read William Leggett's article about this thing they call Butazolidin (Mysterious Buty Treatment, Aug. 1).