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September 24, 2001
Do You Believe in Magic? Magic Johnson remains my favorite NBA player (Life After Death, Aug. 20). His love of life is evident in all he does. Most of us Kentuckians appreciate good basketball, but my appreciation of Magic goes beyond that to include the uplifting and determined way he has dealt with his life since Nov. 7, 1991. Good luck, Magic, and God bless you, Cookie and your children.Vickie Ragan Duff, Versailles, Ky.
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September 24, 2001

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Do You Believe in Magic?
Magic Johnson remains my favorite NBA player (Life After Death, Aug. 20). His love of life is evident in all he does. Most of us Kentuckians appreciate good basketball, but my appreciation of Magic goes beyond that to include the uplifting and determined way he has dealt with his life since Nov. 7, 1991. Good luck, Magic, and God bless you, Cookie and your children.
Vickie Ragan Duff, Versailles, Ky.

As a common businessman in a common business world, I have read and listened to the magic words of Lou Holtz, Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar. None of the I-can-do-it tapes and books these guys have produced have inspired me as much as the article about Magic.
Matt McGraw, Wilmington, N.C.

As a female, I couldn't help but wonder about the quality of life for Mr. Johnson's past partners who may have been exposed to or infected with HIV. I'm sure things continue to be horrible for those women who, because of their indiscretions with him, must live with the fear that they too may die. Unlike Magic, many of them may not be able to afford state-of-the-art medical treatment. Yes, they were consenting adults, but they are human beings first. For Magic to make no mention of being remorseful for his behavior or give no indication that he has tried to compensate his past partners is selfish and sad.
Anne Linton, Pennsauken, N.J.

Your depiction of Johnson as some sort of hero is disturbing. In reality, he is a man dealing with the consequences of unwise and selfish decisions. He also happens to be blessed with the resources to mitigate the results of such behavior. Sympathy and admiration are hardly feelings that should be directed at him.
Ken Merritt, Orlando

While Magic and his wife may find some solace in the belief that God chose him to get the disease, the fact is that he made the decision to live a promiscuous lifestyle. The A in AIDS stands for Acquired, not Appointed.
Talmadge Rucker Jr. Bridgeport, Conn.

Here's a guy who has a $500 million empire and could make a significant contribution to fighting what is arguably the deadliest disease that has ever hit our planet, but all he seems concerned with is how much popcorn he sells at his movie theaters. It seems that Magic has taken his selfish ways to a new level.
Lloyd Burbidge, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Drive Time
Steve Rushin's article on driving for pleasure had me laughing and grimacing the whole time (AIR AND SPACE, Aug. 20). In the same vein, I'd like to inform my fellow drivers of a mechanical innovation that is available in foreign and domestic vehicles. Many drivers rarely use it, and fewer still use it correctly: the turn signal.
Philip M. White, Hillcrest, NY.

A month ago I quit a job for which I had to drive an hour into New York City each day and deal with lots of traffic and bad driving. Now I go a half hour in the other direction with no traffic. Thank you, Mr. Rushin, for reminding me why I switched.
Nash Birnholz, West Babylon, N.Y.

What was under the hood of Rushin's Grand Am? I've driven the same route between Philadelphia and the Lincoln Tunnel. Can you tell me how to do it in 54 minutes in late afternoon? It's approximately 90 miles, so he had to average nearly 100 mph.
Leonard Linch, Warrington, Pa.

Back to the Wall
I was overwhelmed by the response (LETTERS, Aug. 27) to your article about Bob Kalsu. My family and I have just returned from a visit to Washington, D.C., and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Before we left, I asked my two children, ages 19 and 16, to read the article. I wanted them to have an idea what type of person was behind the name etched into the granite. The first thing my kids did upon getting to the wall was find Kalsu's name. Someone had left the cover of SI with him at a nearby panel, and my son moved it to the panel that contains Kalsu's name. As I looked at my kids—with tears in my eyes—I realized how lucky I was to have had others serve our great country and regretted I never got the chance to say thank you.
Bill Geyer, Antioch, Ill.

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