I found the June 30 issue particularly fascinating, primarily because of Robert Boyle's splendid piece on New York Harbor (Haven Of Havens).
He did not, however, explain how Ellis Island got its name. It is named after Samuel Ellis, who once owned what he called "my Oyster Island." His will, deeding the island to the City of New York, is to be found in the archives of the Museum of the City of New York.
HENRY CLIFTON JR.
New York City
My compliments to you for your salute to Miss Liberty.
Your articles are a fine tribute to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and to our country and the many people who make it what it is.
JOHN C. LONG, M.D.
Miss Liberty...wasn't she a powerful mare who made a late challenge in the Preakness in '47? No? Now I remember, Ren� Libert�, a tiny French phenom who set the tennis world on its ear by nearly winning Wimbledon sometime in the Roaring Twenties. No? Then surely she was the sleek, black-hulled challenger that almost brought the America's Cup to Canada in the '50s. Wrong again?
Oh. Wait a minute, that Miss Liberty? You don't mean to tell me you devoted half your June 30 issue to a statue.
JOHN C. MAYO
West Hartford, Conn.
A quote in your piece on recently naturalized John Lee illustrates an attitude shared by many of this generation's immigrants (Ride 'Em, Bela!, June 30). Lee states that "becoming an American was a matter of convenience." Contrast this view to the fierce pride of earlier generations of immigrants in becoming American citizens.
EDMOND F. DI RENNA
Were my eyes deceiving me? Soccer on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED? No, it was true, but in my haste to find the article on Argentina's triumph over West Germany I flipped right past it. Four pages, and more than two of those taken up by pictures! Come on, guys, if you're able to devote more than 10 pages to a stadium in Oslo (Hot Times In A Northern dime, July 7), where currently nothing is going on that even begins to approach the magnitude of the World Cup, imagine what you could do with all of the stadiums in Mexico that were full of people witnessing the most important sporting event in the world.
Kenny Moore's article on Oslo's Bislett Stadium captures an element of sport that is often missing and usually overlooked. In these days of wavering fan support and ever bigger stadiums, it's refreshing to see that rare bond between city, facility and athlete. I especially like the photo of the boy enchanted by Sebastian Coe. That uncommon respect for the foreign athlete must help make the Bislett experience special.
Forget Larry Bird, Jack Nicklaus and Bill Shoemaker; Diego Maradona for Sportsman of the Year!