Congratulations on the fine article on skiing in the West in your December 3 issue. But I do feel that we must present you with a few facts on Dodge Ridge. Although Mr. Bowen apparently does not consider us a major resort, we like to think that we are and can assure you that a great many skiers do. Last year we spent approximately $250,000 on a completely new ski-bowl development and 3,300-foot-long Riblet double chair lift. In fact, we have a pretty sizable capital investment, with 15 lifts, including two double chair lifts, two Poma lifts, two Alpine platter lifts and nine rope tows; paved parking facilities for more than 2,000 automobiles; and a complete ski-center operation, exclusive of lodging facilities.
Ezra Bowen states that "only Aspen among major U.S. ski resorts has ever paid a dividend to its stockholders." Dodge Ridge started operation in November 1950. It has been a profitable enterprise continuously since that date. Several seasons ago it was rated as one of the top money-makers in the U.S. It has paid a dividend to its stockholders for the past three years.
San Mateo, Calif.
As you know, skiing has just recently become a big industry here. Your fine article will certainly go a long way toward helping this industry continue to grow.
Director, Department of Development
Santa Fe, N. Mex.
I would like to comment about the forthcoming bowl situation. Penn State, which quite possibly has the best team in the country, is being denied a chance to prove itself against a top-ranking team.
I always thought the purpose of a bowl game was to bring together outstanding teams from different sections of the country (one reason for the Rose Bowl's perennial success) but down there in Sugar and Cotton Bowl land we have the Southeastern and Southwest conference all stuck together like glue.
Arkansas, which didn't even win the Southwest Conference, gets to go to the Sugar Bowl, while also-ran LSU goes to the Cotton Bowl. These contests might intrigue the fans down there, but for nationally televised games I don't think they hold much interest.
I suggest they put aside their sibling rivalry and prove to the rest of the country just how good they are.
ROBERT P. HUNDLEY
BEAR AT THE BALL
Hurrah for Bear Bryant, and for your astute editors (A Rough Day for the Bear, Nov. 26). It certainly was nice of the Bear to order his team to play a good, clean football game against Georgia Tech. I am sure the fact that a record number of photographers (25) was present had nothing to do with the Bear's reformation. For you to give him credit for changing his style in one game out of the hundreds he has coached, and under those conditions, is like praising Sonny Liston for behaving himself at the policemen's ball. The Bear sure pulled the wool over your eyes. From now on you ought to call him the Fox.
Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
I respectfully submit that you lay off Coach Bryant. He is the best in the country, so let's admit it. He is also a perfect gentleman and has the respect of his players.
MRS. L. C. HARDY JR.
When you round up your hockey scores each week in FOR THE RECORD please try and refrain from those snide remarks about the Boston Bruins at the tail end of the hockey standings!