San Jacinto? Americans generally respect honesty and good faith, even in an enemy; witness the high reputation of Robert E. Lee in the North. In contrast, many of the current breed are widely held in contempt because they insist on sucking the government \(or “bloody” revolution against the giver of largess. Similarly, but in a minor vein, beard, sandals, dirt and drugs ostentatiously display nonconformity; but the wherewithal is all too often wheedled from good old conformist, middle class Mom and Dad. I submit that many Americans regard this as cowardly or, at best, weak. I suggest to Dr. Sullivan that when some of our current revolutionaries stop being parasites, their protests will sound less like whining, and perhaps they will be revered as of old. I congratulate him on voting with his feet against what he dislikes at UT, even though his articles smack of Mary Gallagher. E. K. Poole, MD, 1810 San Gabriel, Austin, Tex. 78701. Hardie, Not Heath . . . I write this letter on the basis of my experience as the leader in the fight to end de facto segregation at the University of Texas with particular reference to the tumultuous period of academic year 1960-61 and immediately thereafter. Professor Sullivan is wrong when he charges W. W. Heath with being the segregationist chairman of the board of regents. The record will show that it was Mr. Thornton Hardie of El Paso, Texas, an 16 The Texas Observer Alabamian by birth, who served as the real stumbling block. I am sure that Page Keeton and Bill Morgan, the former pastor of University Methodist Church, would join me in testifying to the fact that Ambassador Heath became a positive force for good and that during his tenure as chairman of the board, much of the nastiness disappeared and certainly the effort to take away my tenure terminated. . . . E. Ernest Goldstein, 51, Ave. des Champs Elysees, Paris 8, France. Inadequate Minus Among top departments in the country, as cited in Professor Sullivan’s account of the “1964” \(recte Cartter Report \(Texas Observer, 10 Y’All Come Austin The Observer will host a subscription party on Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m., at the Austin home of Ann and Dave Richards, 810 Red Bud Trail. Admission to the second annual Beer, Bull, and Ballad party will be by the purchase of one new or gift subscription to the paper, not a renewal; such a purchase admits an individual or a couple. Subscriptions will be sold at the door. The first such party, held last year at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Shattuck, drew a large and congenial crowd, and enriched the Observer coffers by a few hundred dollars. No decision has yet issued from the paper’s executive suites on a date for the third annual Yuletide Whiskey-Drank, which has been held at the Observer offices the last two year-ends sometime between Christmas and New Year’s. A date for this is expected to be announced in the next issue. errs in acclaiming classics as ranking 16th, philosophy 18th, but English “not . . . at all.” In this Report there are two categories, “distinguished” and “strong,” together ordered numerically, and then two lower divisions, “good” or “adequate plus,” each separately listed alphabetically. Actually, of the 52 departments worth grading in English, UT is classified as “strong,” rank 23 \(or in the upper 44th Another and more select panel of experts \(Report, departments including English \(but not the or On the other hand, with only 24 departments worth considering, classics is ranged as “good,” and here below the 16 upper-count, does somewhat better since, along with Duke, Illinois, Iowa, NYU, Pennsylvania, and Washington, it rates around the 60th percentile. So far as Professor Sullivan’s statistics go, I am inclined to rate him not even in but in a category of my own devising “inadequate minus and perverse.” William B. Todd, Dept. of English, University of Texas, Austin, Tex. Let’s Hear It! I say it’s high time Texas honor the men who serve her well! Particularly, Frank Erwin. Let’s have some JUSTICE FOR FRANK ERWIN. Stop all this hand-wringing and moaning over the trees along Waller Creek in Austin, and academic freedom. Try to understand Frank. Appreciate what he has done for Texas, singlehandedly. \(‘Bout the only Frank’s carrying on and clapping his hands during the Battle of Waller Creek was in no way related to how* he feels about the health and welfare of cypress and oak trees . . . He was concerned with just one thing during that affair: retaining his title and crown, “Champion Foot-in-Mouth-Man of the United States.” Don’t forget that Frank had won that title the hard way entering some of the toughest bouts in the country, coming up through the “Dirty Nothing” matches, the “Caroline Case,” and the “law school faculty” fracas. He was justly proud of that crown. Modest though he is, he wore it with pride. Then here comes Spiro Agnew giving himself airs and challenging the champ. Prancing out into the arena, flexing his muscles with “Effete, impudent snobs,” and “professional anarchists.” Making smashing headlines. Setting the Republican fans to preening themselves. “We’ve got a winner!” they were saying, “Look at that footwork! Ever see anything like it! First one foot, then the other, right in the mouth! Never misses!” And, “Spiro’s the one! A natural! Our Champ!” How do you think us Erwin fans felt, Frank himself felt? When the Agnew crowd started sneering, “Erwin! Minor league stuff! Stumbles around and gets a foot in his mouth accidently. Embarrasses the university administration, yes. But Spiro scores every time. Embarrasses the Nixon administration, a near-impossible feat.” Frank reacted like the champ that he is: Jumped into the fray, standing firmly on both feet, popped them into his mouth AT THE SAME TIME! Kept the crown in Texas. C’mon men, let’s hear it for Frank! John Henry Faulk, 1420 Red Bud Trail, Austin, Tex. 78746.