EAST OF EDEN
You dirty dogs! Having spent the greater part of November in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora-Bora and, finally, having suppressed my Polynesia-mania to the point where it only hurts when I smile, what am I confronted with but a 10-page spread on paradise in the January 15 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Paradise on a Precipice). In glorious color, no less! And this is not to mention Coles Phinizy's great article on Erwin Christian, who graciously showed us the splendors in the lagoon in Bora-Bora.
Now I ask you, is that any way to run a magazine?
Chevy Chase, Md.
Regarding your January 15 issue featuring Band-Aid bathing suits, don't you feel a sense of responsibility to the moral development of your impressionable young readers? Just what kind of sports are you people illustrating, anyway?
Mrs. JOHN J. HERB
I strongly object to your sending covers like this into my home.
Mrs. F. R. FUNK
La Crosse, Wis.
What next? Goren's bridge page with a naked queen of hearts? The Celtics take a shower? C'mon. With six curious offspring about, I wish you'd have more overclad goalies and fewer underclad girlies.
My steady girl threatens to cancel my SI subscription if there are any more covers like that.
When my sons chide me, a grandfather, for having a girlie magazine in my den and my wife, after seeing me reading the many issues of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, suddenly asks what kind of a new magazine I received that date, I have had it.
When my subscription to your magazine expires, I do not know. But we will both know whenever it is because that is the final issue as far as I am concerned.
JOSEPH NAGY Jr.
Stop, stop, you heartless, impious fiends! Every year in the depth of winter and, invariably, during a cold snap when the mercury is approaching 50° below and the pines are splitting apart and the furnace oil is sludging in the fuel lines, you bring out an issue featuring the latest in swimwear, modeled on some lush Caribbean or South Pacific isle with crystal-clear blue waters lapping at glistening white sand beaches. Here the ice has been on the lake for three months and will remain for another four.
Besides your cruel reminder of better days and elsewhere, I must object on moral grounds to your full-page pictures of tropical cuties in swimming suits so small and/or transparent as to be difficult to see. After all, if God had wanted girls to run around nude, they'd have been born that way.
JOEL T. DEWEESE
Paradise should be left to literature and the imagination, not coldly assayed by journalists. Nevertheless, the story was quite good; and, oddly enough, it is seemingly misplaced articles like this that make SPORTS ILLUSTRATED the excellent publication it is.
I wish to set the record straight about your SCORECARD item "Fine-weather Friends" (Jan. 15). You stated that back in October almost every politician supported the building of a new stadium in Boston. This was a false generalization, for only the politicians from the Greater Boston area took such stands. The representatives from central and western Massachusetts were the ones who voted the proposed stadium down. The idea that we should pay for a stadium to be built more than 100 miles from here is absurd. We who will get little use from it should not be forced to bear the burden of its construction. The Boston people want it, and let them have it.
As for Massachusetts' right to have a big league baseball club, take a look at this year's attendance figures and see what state deserves a ball club more than ours. We led the American League in attendance in 1967. Wise up next time and get all the facts before you write such a misleading article.
JAMES C. O'CONNELL
Your editorial stand on the Boston stadium is well taken. The state legislature has again failed the sports fan and the business community. To say, however, that Massachusetts does not deserve the joys (and sorrows) of her teams is ridiculous. Boston is major league in sports. Let no one doubt it.
The stadium's failure is a question of priorities. Massachusetts and Boston have crushing problems with which to deal. If anyone thinks Fenway Park is outdated, he ought to see Boston schools. Boston sports facilities are second class; but this state's mental-health facilities are 10th class.
We have things to do in Boston and Massachusetts. The enjoyment we get from our teams makes our jobs easier. But we cannot sacrifice those jobs for the sake of commercialism in sports. We will have our stadium some day. Until then someone must sacrifice.
GEORGE H. WARREN
As a subscriber of your magazine for several years now, I must say that I have always agreed with your choice for Sportsman of the Year. And once again I agree with you wholeheartedly. Many times I have also disagreed with letters in the 19TH HOLE, but I have never read a "masterpiece" like James T. Kelly's comment on Carl Yastrzemski in the January 15 issue. If Mr. Kelly had seen even one Red Sox game this year, he would have to say that Carl gave 100% effort to his team, if not more. If he had heard Yastrzemski speak, it would be obvious to him that Yaz has plenty of respect for other ballplayers in the league and realizes that they also are valuable. I don't think that any objective baseball fan could honestly say that Yastrzemski was "out to reap the benefits of personal glory."
New York City
HOT STOVE BOWL
With all of the letters in the 19TH HOLE (Jan. 15) on hot-chili cooking and freezing football games, perhaps some enterprising group could schedule a "Chili Bowl" in Green Bay on the coldest day of the year. The shivering fans could sample and judge the chili during the first half of the game, and, at halftime, the losing team would be allowed to partake of the hottest winning concoction! This could be a new medical breakthrough in warding off frostbite. I can see the headlines now: PACKERS PEPPERED BY SOUPED-UP FOUR-ALARM FOE IN CHILI BOWL.