The first time I scanned through the magazine I was definitely disappointed. I had thought that there would be more pictures and less reading.
The second time through (sometime later) I began to get the idea of what your plans for the magazine were and my opinion of the first issue went up several points. To sum it up I am not wildly enthusiastic but will "wait and see" what comes up in the next month or so.
H. J. GARY
N. Robinson, O.
The new weekly magazine devoted to the Wonderful World of Sport, certainly pleases me no end, and at the same time it gives me some qualms. Sports are a great business, but along with the business-and this is what ails the world today—one has to consider the wholesome and physical needs of the people. Will your editor point the magazine so that it does good for the people reading it, or is it just a report on sports? Will it make sports desirable from the viewpoint of the individual so that he becomes a participant, or is it like TV where one lazily and effortlessly watches the world go by "without raising a finger to do anything about it?
PAUL Y. JOHNSON
•The finger will be raised.—ED.
To the diapason of praise which may be engulfing you, may we add a bit of cacophony?
Good were Jemail's hotbox and the "Spectacle" pictures. Just fair was the usually excellent "Red" Smith. As for the rest—naah. Exciting as a 12 to 2 ball game between the Orioles and the Macks.
E. C. BARSDALE
G. B. HENDERSON
Frankly, I'm a little disappointed. You devoted far more space to background and build-up than I enjoyed reading. Not enough of the up-to-the-minute stuff. Another thing, I'd like to see more pictures, although those you did publish were superb.
San Gabriel, Calif.
How do you justify a boomerang in a section called Under 21? Only big wheel boomerang man I ever heard of was Wallace and who hears of him?
I examined and read your first edition from cover to cover. I wish that I could say "congratulations" but unfortunately, I would be less than frank if I did not say that I was very much disappointed.
With the exception of Mark Kauffman's three color shots of the Marciano-Charles fight and George Bellows' three splendid paintings, I found very few of the illustrations capturing "the instants of dramatic excitement, of human and animal grace, of victory and defeat, that are what sport is made of."
C. J. PELLETIER