Islands in the Sun
Kostya Kennedy missed the boat in his analysis of the Alexei Yashin trade (INSIDE THE NHL, July 2-July 9). For the first time in years the Islanders have a bona fide No. 1 center and a player the fans will come to watch, and they got him without giving up any offense. More important, while they may not win the Stanley Cup next year, the franchise is back on the map in the NHL.
MARC NICOLS, Farmingdale, N.Y.
A True Original
Your cover story on the "original" 1972 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders overlooked the first Cowboys cheerleading squad, in '61, of which I was a member (front row, second from right). It was called the Cow Belles and included the head cheerleader from each high school in Dallas. We may not have been as glamorous as subsequent Cowboys Cheerleaders, but with free tickets to Cowboys games at the Cotton Bowl and Neiman Marcus-designed uniforms (which weren't ready in time for our squad picture), we sure had fun.
PATTY SAUNDERS TAGUE, Oklahoma City