FOR JUNE 13, 2016
I loved Richard Hoffer's article on Muhammad Ali. He was not only a great boxer but also a great person. He stood up for what he believed in and was truly a larger-than-life character. I think Hoffer captured that perfectly.
Jack Geaneotes, age 14, Sewell, N.J.
I visited Ali's training camp before he went to Zaire for the Foreman fight. I'll never forget that after all the media left, he spent an hour and a half with some 200 kids who had been bused up from Philadelphia. There was no p.r. potential; nobody was there to report it. That's when I realized Ali was loved because he truly loved others.
H. Dyke N. Spear Jr., Farmington, Conn.
I happened to be in the San Jose airport in May 1989. There was a guy handing out leaflets with not many takers, but I recognized Ali right away. While I was not a fan of his politics—having had friends who died in Vietnam—I approached him anyway and found a man I could admire.
Dave Hoffman, Scottsdale, Ariz.
I was disappointed in your coverage of Novak Djokovic's triumph at the French Open (SCORECARD), which called his winning of the last four majors a "pseudo slam." Tiger's slam and Serena's slam weren't described as such.
Art Dlugach, Meadowlakes, Texas
Thank you for the cover-to-cover remembrance of The Greatest. As I looked over his 40 SI covers, however, I was struck by the fact that even SI did not fully commit to calling him Muhammad Ali until 1971. It is another example that Ali's bouts against Joe Frazier may have been easier than winning the love and acceptance that eventually came his way.
Photographer Bob Martin and SI were credited with saving the life of archer Jeff Fabry by shooting and publishing a photo that showed a melanoma on Fabry's neck. But credit should go to the three sharp-eyed dermatologists who recognized the malignant mole from a photo in a magazine, an incredible feat of diagnostic acumen.
Michael A. Zerivitz
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