It has been evident for quite a while that what the AAU needed was either a shot in the arm or a kick in the pants. By now it has become pretty obvious that it won't get a shot in the arm.
Your article is certainly extreme left wing.
MRS. MILES S. BARTON
That wasn't Antonio Abertondo swimming the Channel (Two-way Tony Goes Over and Back, Oct 2). It was that other channel man, Ernie Kovacs—just look at the picture.
Port Washington, N.Y.
If the very unsophisticated Cassius Clay ("Who Made Me—Is Me!" Sept. 25) is ever lucky enough to fight Champion Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title, his swelled head will make a perfect target for Floyd to shoot at.
Kindly inform Mr. Rogin (12 Days Before the Mast, Sept. 25) that sailing is a disease. Under no circumstances should he sail again lest he catch the bug—and begin to enjoy it.
CLIFFORD A. MCKAY JR.
Rogin's surmise that Santana's horizons were "20 miles off" is, like Mark Twain's death, surely highly exaggerated. Every sailorman worth his salt knows that the horizon is three miles away. According to Bowditch the rim of the horizon for a height-of-eye of 10 feet is 3.1 nautical miles. A climb to Santana's main truck (or about 60 feet) would push the horizon back to only 7.5 miles.
Possibly Gilbert Rogin was somewhat farther at sea than he realized.
GORDON T. HAWKE
•Because dry land seemed always just beyond it, the horizon looked farther away to Landlubber Rogin than it does to sailormen more familiar with Bow-ditch.—ED.
Thanks for Whitney Tower's accurate article on steeplechasing (The Jumpers Must Have Some Support, Sept. 25). Adding a thought to his quotation from Ambrose Clark about teaching horses to jump, any hunting man or timber rider will tell you that a horse jumps better, safer and surer over a solid fence, which demands respect. If bigger, more solid jumps are used to make a horse "stand back and fence," pace will drop off but over-all racing will improve.
Both England and Ireland have made steeplechasing tremendously popular with the great mass of racegoers. There should be no reason why America can't do the same.
J. ROBERT MCCULLOUGH