I am truly amazed at the distorted and slanted articles by Tex Maule (The End of the AAU, Sept. 25; The Revolt Spreads, Oct. 9).
Any responsible business organization would fire an employee who acts in such an irresponsible manner!
R. M. RITTER
Treasurer, U.S. Olympic Committee
In case your readers have become confused by recent newspaper articles denying my defection from the AAU as you reported it, please let me set the record straight. Since I did not keep a carbon copy of my reply to the mimeographed questionnaire sent me by the AAU, I cannot quote exactly what I said. I think, however, that my answer to their questions made it quite obvious that I do not Favor the AAU and was only trying to be polite to them. I was quite distressed that the AAU took a few words out of context and in doing so twisted and turned my statement to sound as if I was favoring the AAU when I am, in reality, backing the USTFF.
I want my fellow athletes to know that I am not a turncoat and am solidly with them in the support of the USTFF.
As one of the few "pay-your-own-way" judges of Olympic swimming (Melbourne and Rome), I was bitterly disillusioned by the totem-pole tactics of on-the-cuffers and badge-wearers who have been repeatedly reappointed to the "official party" of the U.S. Olympic team. Instead of finding the athletes of our country at the top of the Olympic totem pole, you'll see a whole carpet-bagging bunch of officials.
Patches and Olympic pins—choice and necessary items of friendship exchange—are always in short supply to the athletes. But ask one of the badge-wearers for a souvenir. They're loaded.
BRUCE S. HOPPING
The AAU, by sponsoring good-will trips abroad such as one I was fortunate to be a member of this past summer, is doing a service for world peace. We were picked for the swimming team according to our times and places made in the Nationals at Philadelphia and not in any other way. Also our transportation and lodging were first-rate.
Congratulations for jumping so quickly and nimbly onto the 49ers' shotgun formation bandwagon (Bang Goes the Shotgun, Oct. 16). To a televiewer, at least, San Francisco and the shotgun could not possibly have looked better than they did against the Rams. I have never seen one team and one formation render the opposition so completely helpless. Maybe Sid Luckman and the Bears made the Redskins look worse in that 73-0 game, but it hardly seems possible.
WILLIAM Z. RODGERS
Whitney Tower has let his enthusiasm for Kelso run away with him (The Best Race Horse in the World, Oct. 9). He says: "In modern times only one other horse, Tom Fool, has covered a mile and a quarter at Belmont in less than 2:01." What about the 1955 and 1956 Suburbans won by Helioscope and Nashua in 2:00 3/5 and 2:00 4/5 respectively?
J. M. BERND
•Tower let his enthusiasm run at least 2/5 of a second too fast.—ED.
PINK SLIPS AND HUSBANDS
Ray Cave's article is the absolute most (Every Man a Bridge Master, Oct. 9). I am married to a "fanatic" and am trying hard to keep my equilibrium. Friends console me that it could be alcohol, other women or horses. I feel so much more resigned about the whole thing since your masterful article. Many thanks.
LOUISE M. BURKE
Long live LOLs, pink slips and husbands who can't fathom the Hazard Inverse Transfer and to whom "dump, sluff, ruff, hook, psyche and rattle" are just so many words in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.
Gung ho for card karate!
MRS. RICHARD C. DIBBLER
Salt Lake City
Sure, we duplicate players like to win. But in our local club we are a friendly bunch whose first aim is to get a big bang out of life whether we are novice or Life Master. Long faces are rare, and we have more serious players than we have casual visitors.
The list of duplicate player-athletes should include the greatest of them all: George Lott, five times a co-holder of the U.S. doubles title in tennis.
George has more than 450 master points and needs only about half a red point to become a Life Master. He is in Milwaukee this weekend trying to pick it up.
EDWARD L. GORDY
•New Life Master Lott and his partner picked up not ½ but four red points in Milwaukee.—ED.
We here at Notre Dame resent your insult that our schedule is representative of the Chicago Bears (Hope Revives in South Bend, Oct. 9). The Bears would have a tough time beating any of the teams remaining on our schedule. You just watch our dust.
Notre Dame, Ind.
HIT AND TWO-RUN
Concerning Robert J. Philbin's plan to save minor league baseball (SCORECARD, Oct. 9) by letting batters run in both directions, I have a question: With two on second—one going clockwise, one going counterclockwise—and a long hit to center, do both runners score?
S. E. WEAVER
•Unless they get put out.—ED.
I would like to see a game played.
BEN H. THOMPSON
Is Mr. Philbin serious or just plain out of his mind?
Fond du Lac, Wis.
HELLO TO SHANNON
Just thought you and your readers might like to know that there is a sequel to Barbara Heilman's story on our Indian mission's reluctant All-State basketball star (Farewell to Shannon Brown, April 3). The great Shannon has not only returned to school; he is in college. Here, incidentally, is his picture. You never printed one.
Shannon and Irene Friday are now married and have left the reservation for Northwest Wyoming Community College in Powell, Wyo., where Shannon is enrolled.
Coach Bill Strannigan tells me he has talked to them by phone and that Shannon is attending classes regularly and liking the "new life" very much.
As a direct result of your article several people have sent clothes and donations to the mission.
STEPHEN DILLON, S.J.
St. Stephen's, Wyo.