Possibly the best player in the U.S. was not at the tournament. Houshang Bozorgzadeh, an Iranian student at the State College of Iowa, could not attend the Open because of lack of funds.
Houshang has at times beaten all of America's best. He showed his table tennis prowess at the 1961 men's National Team Tournament in Detroit, where he had a perfect record of 10 wins and no losses to lead the individual competition. Recently, at the Great Plains Open in St. Louis, he beat the U.S. seventh-and ninth-ranking players in spite of the fact that he had not touched a racket in four months.
Iowa City, Iowa
As a longtime supporter of the game, I was happy to read Barbara La Fontaine's informative summary of table tennis in the U.S. It might be even more helpful for enthusiasts of the sport if you published the address of the Table Tennis Association and some details on how to become a member of this organization.
VICTOR A. SNIECKUS
?Write USTTA Membership Chairman Graham B. Steenhoven, 5319 Cadieux Road, Detroit 24, Mich.—ED.
This may be a belated comment on your article Who Says You Can't Win 'Em All? (April 13), but unfortunately your prediction was a bit premature.
I have just witnessed the most humiliating defeat of a U.S. basketball team ever to play on foreign soil and, of all places, in Moscow! The team consisted mainly of members of the AAU and called themselves the U.S. National Team. Five members of this team will be on the Olympic team. The Moscow scores were 82-65 and 79-60. One Moscow newspaper ran a headline on the games that read: WE KNEW WE WOULD WIN BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW IT WOULD BE SO EASY!
JACQUE D. KINKADE