As the American people know by this time, the entire southern part of Chile is in desperate need of material help of all kinds. With winter starting in the Southern Hemisphere and with winds coming directly from the antarctic, warm clothing is one of the greatest needs of these people.
In almost every American club locker room and in the athletic facilities of schools and universities there exists at the moment a rich source of potential aid for the people of southern Chile. I refer to the so-called lost-and-found department which is a fixture in almost every American athletic establishment. I would estimate that of the socks, athletic shoes, sweat shirts and sweaters which constitute the usual inventory of the average lost-and-found department, over 60% are in good condition and usable.
Let me urge that the appropriate authorities in our athletic clubs, YMCAs, schools and universities take immediate action to have this supply of clothing sorted and laundered and turned over to organizations for immediate distribution in Chile. It is almost criminal to let this supply of desperately needed clothes, most of which will never be claimed, be sitting around waiting for the rag man.
•The Church World Service (110 East 29th St., New York 16) and the Catholic Relief Services (East Chester Rd. and Haswell St., New York 61) are two organizations which are equipped to forward to Chile any clothing sent to them.—ED.
June 19, 1960
THE SLOW BOWLER SPEAKS
Regarding Huston Horn's well-meaning article on slow bowlers (No Time to Spare, June 6), I agree that dilly-dallying novices should be limited to miniature golf.
However, many league bowlers, including myself, who work hard at improving their averages, know that this cannot be achieved by rushing the game.
Does Huston Horn own shares in large bowling establishments? If not, he should after No Time to Spare.
I do not feel for the proprietors. They built huge alleys, and in order to make a profit found it absolutely necessary to fill the alleys with leagues Monday through Saturday.
Did you ever try to bowl on a weekday? If you watch the late TV movie, then amble to the alley around 12:30 a.m., you just might find a free alley.
If the slow bowler and the resulting loss of weekend profits are the proprietors' lament, then be damned to them and more power to the slow bowler.
If this is the way the bowling alley proprietors feel, maybe I should find another sport.
The picture which accompanied your article on the Phillies' mischievous pitchers (The Dalton Gang Rides Again, June 13) was captioned incorrectly. Dick Farrell is the man on the left. The man wearing the cap is rookie Catcher Clayton Dalrymple.
New York City
THE GREEKS HAD A WORD
I have been shocked and horrified to read in many of your recent articles the word "Olympiad" as if it were a synonym for the Olympic Games. It is, of course, nothing of the kind. It is the four-year interval between Olympic Games.
S. TUPPER BIGELOW
•Not exclusively. In ancient Greece, time was indeed computed by Olympiads, the four-year interval between the Games. But today Olympiad has also come to mean the Olympic festival proper.—ED.
A hearty "amen" to AI Wright's statement that "automobile racing is a sport that doesn't need bloodshed to provide its thrills" (A Practically Perfect Race at Indy, June 6). Jim Rathmann, Rodger Ward, Johnny Thomson and Tony Bettenhausen proved this convincingly on Memorial Day.
DOUGLAS W. DODGE
IF YOU ASK ME...
Your editors are bumbling, inept idiots not to see in the Cincinnati Redlegs the most exciting team in baseball with Vada Pinson, Ed Bailey, Frank Robinson, Gus Bell, Roy McMillan and Ed Kasko.
THAT'S THE WAY THEY ARE
Because I have been annoyed for years about the almost nil coverage you have given lacrosse, it would be most ungentlemanly of me not to reverse myself (temporarily, at least) and congratulate you on the excellent lacrosse article (New Scalping for Old Army, June 13). For all of us who love the game, thanks, and kudos to Ray Cave for a well-written story.
Our program for kids in Maplewood, N.J., has some 85 to 90 children from the fourth grade through high school playing each spring. Our high school kids have formed a club that beat most of the prep schools in Jersey this past year, in addition to the Rutgers Freshman B squad.
Pardon my enthusiasm, please, but that's the way lacrosse nuts are.
PAUL P. HAYNIE
The excellent reporting, photographs and diagrams describing Jim Beatty's superb mile at Modesto (An Upset on Schedule, June 6) almost redeemed your publication, which lost this charter subscriber when bridge and boudoir fashions took over.
GEORGE S. BROWN
You might call our town small and our track poorly lighted but please don't call our Dr. R. S. Osterholm who is an orthopedic surgeon an osteopathic specialist.
J. D. MEIKLE