ON THE BEACH
We thoroughly enjoyed every word of your write-up of Newport Beach, Calif. (Boom Beach on the Blue Pacific, Sept. 3). But one objection we have to your TRAVEL FACTS is the glaring omission of our most favorite place to eat—namely, the Crab-cooker—where, on weekends only, you will taste the best clam chowder ever made and eat fish cooked only on charcoal. We like the clam chowder so well that whenever we can manage a trip to Newport we take at least a gallon home with us on the plane.
MRS. MORRIS KAPLAN
I am especially glad you put the gremmies and ho-dads in their place. These two groups are the ones who give us true surfers at Newport Beach the bad name. Thanks for informing the public that surfing is not as bad a sport as it may appear.
Van Nuys, Calif.
You tell of news in Newport, R.I., Newport, Ky., and Newport, Calif. and speculate on the news in Newport, Ore. (SCORE-CARD, Sept. 3). But what about the Pennsylvania Newport? Please be advised that at that time a baseball team from Newport, Pa. qualified to play against Blain, Pa. in the final series of the Perry-Juniata League playoffs.
CARROLL F. PURDY JR.
President, Perry-Juniata League
New Bloomfield, Pa.
Something was happening in Newport, Ore. and you did miss it. An airborne party of 15 press and TV representatives landed at the Newport airport to preview the new Salishan Beach development on the Oregon coast. Salishan includes a par-challenging nine-hole golf course, complete with sand traps and ocean view.
Sorry you could not be with us.
Colonel Donald Hull's warning to high schools that athletes who participate in open competition not sanctioned by the AAU "will disqualify themselves from international competition" (SCORECARD, Sept. 10) is absurd. On a jurisdictional question the international body will not suspend all the high school track athletes in the U.S., and we do not believe that Colonel Hull acting for the AAU would either.
Chief Counsel, U.S. Track and Field
John Lovesey's article concerning Jim Beatty and the Los Angeles Track Club (The Summit Chase of an Organization Miler, Sept. 3) strangely enough seems to parallel Bobby Fischer's story concerning Russian domination of world chess (The Russians Have Fixed World Chess, Aug. 20). In each case we have a contestant in an individual sport who is helped to the top by his "team," leaving other contestants without such help to win titles or records on their own.
Are we not applying a double standard, both condemning and condoning the same practice, depending on who is involved?
After reading your excellent article on Jim Beatty and his "track army," which seems to be making an assault on every record from the mile to 5,000 meters, I couldn't help thinking that perhaps all this organization and pacesetting, etc., is a waste of time in the mile. It seems that when Peter Snell set his record in the mile he did it without the help of pacesetters. I believe that Beatty would reach his greatest height if he could race against Snell, using his brain as his only pacesetter.
THE GOOD NEW DAYS
It was gratifying to me to see in Stanley Frank's article on the modern baseball scene (What Ever Happened to Baseball? Aug. 27) acknowledgment in print of the vast superiority of today's ballplayers over those of "the good old days."