THE FEEL OF THE KICK
"Sometimes the kick looks good, but you feel no thrust. If this is so, don't worry about it. Propulsion is truly secondary" (Teach Your Child to Swim, June 27). My whole family would like to know what you do to get propulsion after you have perfected the kick.
•"The propelling force of the kick depends largely on the limpness and flexibility of the foot in the water—qualities that come with practice and more practice," says SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's swimming teacher, Matt Mann. "At first, beginners are inclined to put too much emphasis on kicking down in such a way that the foot is too stiff to offer much propulsion. You've got to feel that you're lifting the foot up, then letting it drop down, mostly from its own weight, instead of kicking it down. The whole body should be relaxed in a stretched position."—ED.
SHADE OF THE RAINBOW
We see her shadow holding back Rainbow Bridge's great buttress (19TH HOLE, June 27), but who is she—this long-armed, frowsy-haired, C-cupped maiden of the gulch?
•Who else but Rainbow Brigitte?—ED.
July 24, 1960
MR. & MRS. OWENS
As a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Owens for over 30 years, I feel your remarks about their home are very degrading (The Dalton Gang Rides Again, June 13).
Mr. and Mrs. Owens are respected members of our community. Mr. Owens has worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. Mrs. Owens has contributed much toward establishing a good home for their children.
I, for one, hope that you extend apologies to this fine couple.
•SPORTS ILLUSTRATED deeply regrets it was misinformed about Harry Owens and his wife, a hard-working and highly respected Pennsylvania couple.—ED.
Whatever became of Don Bowden (Ron and Don by the Sea, March 28)?
New York City
•Olympic hopeful Bowden was knocked out of contention in the Quantico, Va. armed forces championships by a torn Achilles' tendon.—ED.
What have you guys got against the Washington Senators (BASEBALL'S WEEK, July 11)? I note that you tell all about their defeat at the hands of Mudcat Grant of Cleveland and absolutely nothing at all about their four-game winning streak which preceded this loss. Is it a crime to print good things about our Nats? Take a chance, live a little.
Silver Spring, Md.
•As we recall it, it was a five-game winning streak.—ED.
What is wrong with you anyway? This past week, backstroke swimming star Lynn Burke of the Santa Clara Swim Club broke two world records in one meet—and what does she get for it? A PAT ON THE BACK, her picture in FACES IN THE CROWD? NO, only one little line in FOR THE RECORD (July 4). In case you didn't know—world records don't happen very often.
•For more than a line about Lynn, see page 12—ED.
Walter Bingham's article (Double M for Murder, July 4) contains the most words on Roger Maris that I've read anywhere. The former Kansas Cityite, it seems, must hit five homers a week even to get his picture in print. What is it about this guy?
I suppose the answer lies in Bingham's statement that Maris "reveals little of himself or his feelings."
Sands Point, N.Y.
•If Yankee Maris wants more publicity, he'll have to do better than that 0 for 6 in the All-Stars, but here's his picture anyway.—ED.
I have waited week after week for an article on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but every week I get a disappointment.
R. L. HUSTON
•Wait two weeks more; meanwhile take a look at Pittsburgh's Gang of Pesky Heroes, May 30.—ED.
MY NOMINATION FOR NO. 1 AMONG COACHES SHORTCHANGED WHEN IT COMES TO RECOGNITION IS LOU LINDSEY, THE NAVY CREW COACH. NEVER BEFORE DID A SCHOOL HAVE TWO CREWS IN THE EIGHT-OARED FINAL OF THE OLYMPIC TRIALS AS NAVY DID (The Old Navy Way, July 18). SO HOW IS LINDSEY HONORED? HE IS HONORED BY NOT BEING NAMED HEAD COACH OF THE U.S. ROWING TEAM, AS IS TRADITIONALLY THE CASE FOR THE COACH OF THE WINNING EIGHT.