We here in New Mexico have long been telling everybody that this is the best team in the nation (The Team the Pros Watch, Nov. 7), but we could get only our defeated opponents to listen and agree.
There should, however, have been some mention of our giant end, big Bob Kelly, the man who catches many of Charley Johnson's passes.
Las Cruces, N.M.
One of the best football stories I have ever read! Being an old Easterner, I had never heard of New Mexico State before.
New York City
It may be true, if one concedes that Staten Island is outside the continental limits, that New Mexico State's Charley Johnson "leads the nation" in touchdown passes with nine.
November 21, 1960
Then it is equally true that Wagner's Don Cavalli leads the world. Cavalli hurled 13 touchdown passes in his first six games.
Staten Island, N.Y.
WOMEN AT WAR
Katherine Carlson should receive some type of literary award for her article on sports, husbands and TV (Women's War to Save Sports, Nov. 7).
It is an art to make so much truth come out so amusing.
CHARLES F. BARNES
Speak for yourself, Mrs. Carlson. Try a little straightforwardness (good sportsmanship mebbe?). This will in itself create cooperation and it won't be necessary to "use dynamite." Me, I'd do the same as your husband if anyone tried to dynamite me. In fact, I'd probably send you to the game so I could enjoy the TV myself.
MARY E. KINGON
ROOM FOR TIGERS?
Congratulations for an amazingly accurate and unbiased article on the college football national rankings (Less Room at the Top, Nov. 7).
Incidentally, who is to say the nine eligible Big Ten teams couldn't be rated the top nine in the country, since the only games they've lost have been to each other?
Don't bury Ole Miss's national championship hopes yet. Formidable Big Ten teams will cut one another's throats in the homestretch, and neither Navy nor Missouri will have a picnic from here on in.
For your information, the Mizzou Tigers are heading for an undefeated season.
EMIL V. RAITHEL
LIKE MOTHER SAID
My mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper, said her house had been blown into the porpoise pool by Hurricane Donna (Mighty Leap from Ruin, Oct. 31), but I never expected to see it there! Nor did we ever dream that her little house would become a tourist attraction.
The house was built by Vic Barothy, her son-in-law, who was one of the first to go into the charter-boat and deep-sea fishing business on the Keys. Barothy moved to the Isle of Pines, Cuba, but Mother, who is 76 years old, continued to live alone on Windley Key. She visits her children in the North during the summer and was just heading back home when news of Donna came.
Everything she owns except the clothes she had with her is in your picture (above).
ELEANOR C. KNOUSE
SOME GOOD LICKS
I am 11 years old and a member of one of the "two whole generations of children that have grown up in this country not knowing what it is like to lick the paddles of an ice cream freezer," as Stanley Walker puts it (Down With Gourmets, Nov. 7).
Mr. Walker is wrong, because I for one do know. We have an ice cream freezer (and I don't mean an electric one). Licking the paddles is a very pleasing experience I can assure you.
A rousing cheer. I do wish the title had been "Down with Pseudo Gourmets," for that is obviously what Stanley Walker means. There are far too many people in this wonderful country of ours who tend to minimize our wealth of culinary blessings and to view with awe anything that sounds foreign—from vichyssoise to cha cha cha.
SUSAN B. WILSON
Down with gourmets, but more than that, down with nonsensical non-sport articles in sport magazines.
AMEN TO ZERNMOST
Ed Zern, that esthete outdoorsman from Manhattan (where the difference between a dry fly and a dry Martini is often a lunchtime conversational tour de force), is guilty of Zernmost thinking (I Loathe and Detest All Fish Tournaments, Nov. 7).
He holds up the highly respected Philip Wylie and Ernie Lyons in support of his contention that people who fish in tournaments are prone to lie, swindle, bribe, embezzle, perjure and willing to go to any length to win.
Please advise Mr. Ed Zern that Wylie has for years been a prominent official of the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament, and that Lyons is a gifted editor of the Stuart, Fla. News, which for years has supported the famous Stuart Sailfish Tournament.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
A fisherman's amen to Mr. Zern's article.