OF PROPHECY AND PREMONITION
The parents of your basketball expert must have had a premonition that their son would become a latter-day prophet when they named him Jeremiah. After watching his NCAA forecast (Up for Grabs at the Cow Palace, SI, March 21) turn out 100% correct at San Francisco I must say there is nothing quite so certain as death and Tax.
•Reader Simon (one of the nation's front-rank sportswriters) might be interested to know that Tax was actually named for a comic strip—an old-time favorite, now dead, called Jerry on the Job. When Tax was delivered, on a kitchen table in Easthampton, Mass. during a blizzard in January 1916, he arrived almost to the minute predicted by the doctor. "Well," said the proud papa, "he sure is Jerry on the job." Said the proud doctor, "Yes, and a good name for him that would be." Said the father, "That's just what it will be."—ED.
Being a Pete Newell fan, I could not believe offense could win over Pete New-ell's defense, but the NCAA finals disproved this decisively.
Credit Ohio State as the definite superior in the finals. Cal was definitely off, but certainly the "Big O" and Cincinnati took everything out of Cal the previous night.
Writer Tax correctly analyzed the champ, but would he still take State in a rematch, knowing Newell and his great California team?
Santa Clara, Calif.
•Yes, he would. Cal had an excellent team; Ohio State had a better one. Pete Newell didn't look for an alibi; neither should Reader Ready.—ED.
SOCIAL CONSERVATION: SUBJECT AND OBJECT
I want to congratulate you on your courageous approach to the over-all problem of human conservation (A New and Human Science, SI, March 28). We have long advocated and attempted to preach the concept that conservation of human beings is the most important social problem facing the nation today. We share your view wholeheartedly that the spiritual and moral welfare of the nation is tied in very closely as a part of man's association and understanding of his natural environment.
We feel very strongly that this human-nature concept is rapidly taking root, and it is my sincere hope that articles such as yours, together with reports and studies, will result in general understanding of the situation by the people of the country.
A. D. ALDRICH
Director, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
You have my congratulations for your excellent presentation of the problem which we face in the future. As you know, I am deeply interested in conservation and devote a good part of my time in the Senate to this subject.
FRANK E. MOSS
U.S. Senator, Utah
The article is of great interest to me as I am the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on National Water Resources. We held a great number of public hearings, in addition received reports from every state in the Union and from approximately 14 governmental agencies. Most of these point to the need for the right type of recreational development, including areas left as nearly as possible the way they were created.
Your magazine is doing a great service in this regard, and I assure you of my interest in the entire series.
ROBERT S. KERR
U.S. Senator, Oklahoma
There is a greater need to get people to think about the problems of improving the use of available resources than most of us visualize at the present time, and any articles that will stimulate thinking along these lines are to the good. I appreciate very much the fact that you are entering upon this series on the role of conservation in a changing country.
IRA N. GABRIELSON
Wildlife Management Institute
Certainly Henry Romney is correct in his conclusion that the human being is both the subject and object of conservation today. He is also correct that we shall do a decent job of solving the problem in its entirety, or we shall fail to solve any of it in the particular.
The Cape Cod shore-line proposal is a good example of the type of opportunity which still remains. A third of the way across the continent and in the Chicago "Supermetro" is the horrible example of the Indiana dunes area where the decision for action came too late. The Izaak Walton League is currently devoting its attention to the shore-line program.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is to be commended for devoting attention to this most important social problem. Unquestionably, your articles will stimulate thought and, we hope, action.
J. W. PENFOLD
The Izaak Walton League of America
I think you are doing a perfectly splendid thing, and I congratulate you heartily. I was privileged to sit in on a two-day meeting of the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission (SI, April 4) recently, and I am confident that it will be an articulate and productive group in the finest interests of conservation.
CLYDE C. HALL
National Science Foundation
Congratulations on your significant new series, which is intended to be a new, dynamic approach to the grave conservation problem facing the U.S. Henry Romney's first article served admirably to set the stage and point up this vital issue.
After some study in the area of natural resources, food supply, population growth, etc., I am convinced of one truism—the core of the "impending disaster" (at least from the naturalist's viewpoint) is quite simply a real population explosion. Population can be controlled with proper education, while most natural resources are exhaustible.
The ridicule of those who are seriously concerned with the "megalopolis specter" is most exasperating to many thinkers.
Thank you again for your new program series. I hope your readership will see the severity of the problem and respond accordingly.
J. D. DE FOREST
Assistant Professor of Economics
OF FISH AND FISHERMEN
I consider your article The Trout's Mouthpiece (SI, March 14) the most important treatise on fishing since Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler.
Every time a fishing license is sold in the U.S. a copy of this article should be passed out to the purchaser.
New York City
DOBERMAN: CONTROLLED PROTECTION
It is true the American Doberman is bred "sweeter" than his German cousin. Behind this lie some national differences in philosophy and laws, and toward personal injury. The German does not mind being bitten; the American does. The American Doberman is bred to differentiate instinctively between friend and foe and not attack unless provoked. The German dog must lunge at the judge in the show ring in order to win. The American dog loses if he displays such temperament.
Animals are bred to suit man's purposes and pleasures but like fire should be kept under control. The few misfits and mentally unbalanced should be discarded as your article implies.
But on the other side: our home is never locked and our daughters ride the wild countryside with a Doberman as their constant and vigilant companion. Would the three women vacationing in a lonely park have been brutally murdered if they had had with them a dog whose senses were seven times more acute than those of a human and an instinct to protect with all his might those that were his? Doberman owners do not think so.
BETSY R. THOMAS
THE ROCKET: HE IS A LEGEND
Many thanks for the article One Beer for The Rocket by Gilbert Rogin (SI, March 21).
To hockey fans like myself, Maurice Richard is a legend, and he'll long live in our hearts with those stars of our own national sports.
There may someday be a greater player, but he'll have to go some to beat the Rocket.
It is my opinion that Mr. Rogin has captured the spirit of this great man and expressed it with a great deal of feeling. I'm sure hockey fans here and in Canada enjoyed it and join me in saying thanks.
COLLEEN E. SWARTHOUT
GOLF: HERE ARE THE FACTS
We are in the middle of a furor at our club on a specific ruling concerning casual water. The facts are as follows: The ball lies in casual water which is in the rough just bordering a fairway. The drop closest to where the ball lies not closer to the hole happens to be on the fairway. A drop in the rough puts it somewhat farther from its lie in the casual water.
One faction insists that the ball must be dropped farther over in the rough. Another faction insists that the ball must be dropped back toward the tee along the line of flight. A third faction believes that the ball can be dropped on the fairway.
Would you please tell us what the correct ruling would be on this subject? Green matter hangs in the balance.
H. MAYNARD HENLY
•The 1960 Rules of Golf is quite specific concerning Reader Henly's problem. Rule No. 32 states: "The player may lift and drop the ball [from casual water] without penalty as near as possible to the spot where it lay, but not nearer the hole, on ground which avoids these conditions." Therefore, if the drop closest to where the ball lies not closer to the hole happens to be on the fairway the "third faction" has the right approach: the ball may be dropped on the fairway.—ED.