I want to thank you for giving your readers the opportunity to know Budd Schulberg better. His article on "What Makes Sammy Run" was a gem ("Schulberg's 'Sammy' as a Role Model for Our Time" by Budd Schulberg, Sept. 3). In addition to showing his prowess with words, it also laid bare the "do-it-to-him-before-he-does-it-to-me" mentality prevalent today. Incredibly, Sammy Glick is no longer a despicable character--he has become a role model for the upwardly mobile.
Many years ago when we were very young indeed, I knew Budd and his family; we both grew up in Los Angeles. Therefore, I hope he catches this letter so that he will find out how much his old friends appreciate the opportunity of learning his current thoughts on Sammy's reputation and what has happened to America.
MONA K. COLMAN