Donald Chase seemed rather upset that at a recent rodeo a child asked "What's Cowboys and Indians?" when the clown in the show made reference to that venerable/venerated "all-American" game (" 'Young Guns' Aridin' Thisaway," May 22).
Maybe Chase should have talked to some Indians--Native Americans--before recounting that anecdote. Just possibly, the Indians are very happy to know that the populist game of "Anglo-cowboys-as-heroes-sneaky-Redskins-as-villains" has gone thataway and bitten the dust.
Incidentally, if screenwriter John Fusco really wants to revive the Western as a popular movie form, let him profit from the mistakes of Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado" and not try for an epic full of two-dozen undeveloped plots.
So many characters came and went in that one--and so much footage obviously wound up on the cutting-room floor--that the result was an unholy mess audiences couldn't even begin to decipher.
DAVID R. MOSS