At a time when we are reminded all too often of the vulnerability of young athletes and of their failures and tragedies, it is refreshing to read an article like Jill Lieber's on Los Angeles Raider running back Marcus Allen (On Top Of The Heap, As Always, Sept. 1). The story gives us a compassionate look into this extraordinary young man's life, and it also abounds with principles and ideals that have helped make this country great: courage, dedication and belief in self, God and family. I am not a Raider fan and never will be, but because of Lieber's special insights, I am now an Allen fan.
WILLIAM M. BALLANCE, D.D.S.
I can't help but admire Marcus Allen for his achievements. He is a young man who truly has it all, and yet he is unaffected by his status. I am touched by his example, and I hope that he will never change. He is one in a million.
I have one gripe. Granted, Allen is one of the premier running backs in the game today, and he is also quite versatile. But, the most versatile? No way! Lieber forgot about the soft-spoken giant who toils for a world champion team in the Windy City, Walter Payton.
ANTHONY V. CORRARO
New Haven, Conn.
Walter Payton's accomplishments have come with some of the worst teams in football. Maybe it's just my Chicago bias, but to me nobody does it better than Payton. And by the way, he has a $175,000 Lamborghini.
Park Ridge, Ill.
Where's the car? After the graphic description of Marcus Allen's "Testaroni," I've just got to see this machine.
?Take a look below.—ED.
Frank Deford mentioned (Doing Just Fine, My Man, Aug. 18) that the new custom sports car Chamberlain Searcher I is being designed by Peter Bohanna. Please, my man, equal credit should go to Richard Paul of Latham Superchargers, who is building the engine. Thanks.
As an avid San Francisco sports fan, I enjoyed Ron Fimrite's piece on Candlestick Park (Gone With The Wind?, Sept. 1). However, he failed to mention one of Candlestick's historic occasions: On Aug. 29, 1966, the Stick was the site of the last public concert by the Beatles. How was the weather that day? Was the Hawk one of the 25,000 who attended that performance?
Council Bluffs, Iowa
?According to Dave Craig, who handles group ticket sales at Candlestick and who was at the stadium the night of the concert, it was a pleasant evening, in the 70s, a little windy toward the end, but the Hawk didn't show. Let It Be.—ED.
I am a Giants fan, and I agree with those who believe that Candlestick is substandard. It is always too cold, too sunny, too windy or a combination of the above. If a new home isn't found for the Giants in the Bay Area, I think we can kiss those "kids" goodbye.