December 20, 1987
In the Stan Delaplane article of Dec. 6 there is a descriptive error that renders it laughable to any junior high geography student. The article says, "Here in Placerville, a two-hour drive northwest of San Francisco. . . . " North west ? On my atlas that puts it somewhere distinctly offshore. JUDITH A. ANDERSON Costa Mesa
December 6, 1987
In the Stan Delaplane article of Nov. 22 there is a typographical error that renders it laughable to an aerospace engineer. The article states that the Concorde travels at mach 22. I believe you meant to say mach 2.2. The world knows of no hypersonic commercial transport at this point. RICHARD P. CARRANO Oxnard
July 12, 1987
After reading the June 21 article by Stan Delaplane, who seems to be complaining as he obviously goes around the world throwing his cigarette butts everywhere, it is too bad that more countries do not have an instant, on-the-spot fine for this disgusting habit. I would like to ask Delaplane just what does he think happens to all the millions of discarded cigarettes that are tossed aside every single day, that the rest of us have to look at or clean up. VERONICA SEWELL Woodland Hills
November 16, 1986
Stan Delaplane's prescription for traveling in luxury (Oct. 19) is totally indulgent. He relates that because he forgot his prescription at home, his emergency Paris doctor wrote him a new prescription and dictated that he use a wheelchair which he did not really need, to get him through lines and customs ahead of the mob. We recently returned from Paris. On board were four paraplegic tennis players. These young people required assistance getting on and off the airplane and getting back and forth to the restroom.
October 27, 1985
As a guy who has put the knock on Stan Delaplane often enough for his frequent inaccuracies, I feel impelled to defend him on this occasion. On Sept. 29 a reader complained that Delaplane had vilified the Finnish language. Your correspondent must be a Finn. When Delaplane contends that it seems to be a mix of Hungarian and undecipherable Mongolian, he is not original. Almost every observer, linguist or not, feels that is a fair description of that mysterious tongue. This is my only negative comment about the marvelous Finns.
September 29, 1985
In his article on Finland Sept. 1, Stan Delaplane displayed a provincial and supercilious attitude toward that country and its language and culture. In addition to the offensive tone used, the piece contains many inaccurate statements, and the one regarding the language is the most insulting. The Finnish language is not "a strangely garbled mix of Estonian and Hungarian." It is a legitimate language in its own right, with a complex but well-organized and regular system of grammar, with 14 noun cases of. Finnish is an extremely eloquent and poetic language, and if Delaplane, in his ignorance, finds it garbled, it is his loss.