Thank you for the article on Lyme disease by Robert H. Boyle (Beware the Bug's Bite, June 20). The week I read the piece my nephew was diagnosed as having the disease. My family is finding it difficult to get information from local hospitals because little research is being done here. I hope articles like yours will show the seriousness of the problem and get the medical community to do something more about Lyme disease.
THOMAS J. ST. AMAND
I saw my first case of Lyme disease on June 14, in a child who had acquired it during a visit to his grandparents' home in Westchester County, N.Y. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED arrived the following day with an excellent account of the malady. The piece now occupies a place of high honor, among New England Journal of Medicine articles, in my file on Lyme disease.
ALLAN R. LAREAU, M.D.
Thanks for the exceptional article (Just Pray For Me, Baby, June 20) by Gary Smith. Rarely do we get such a glimpse into the psyche of a top athlete. The character of Michael Spinks reflects his recognition of the importance of remembering one's roots, of respecting God and of dealing with life's abundant challenges in a courageous manner. What an inspiration!
When an article evokes tears, admiration for the writer's craft and an hour of thought about the common fight we all wage just to survive, the writer should be applauded. Gary Smith's Just Pray For Me, Baby is a masterpiece. The writing involved the same kind of risk taking and exuded the same kind of creativity Michael Spinks has shown in the ring.
East Hampton, N.Y.
Over the past few years you have written about the cost of television rights to the 1984 Olympics as well as to other Games. You have listed the cost of the rights to the '84 Summer Games as $225 million. The figure is correct—it's what ABC paid for the rights. The only difference in comparing the '84 rights figure with others is that in '84 ABC had to provide another service. As the TV representative of the host country, ABC had to film every event and make the film available to any country wishing to broadcast that footage. This cost ABC approximately $50 million in addition to the purchase of the rights, so actually ABC paid closer to $275 million.
In other countries, the host-broadcast service is provided by the government TV station or by the country itself. We have no government stations, so ABC had to provide the host-broadcaster service for all the foreign stations.
DAVID L. WOLPER
Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad
In your article Some Say No Leica (June 20), Bob Knepper says, "I want to get on my horse and ride into tomorrow and see yesterday." I (and, I guess, thousands of other women) say, "Please do, Bob. Take your handguns, rifles and shotguns and your John Wayne ideas with you—and keep riding."
MRS. BILLIE HANSEN
(A proud member of NOW)
Thank you for Kenny Moore's POINT AFTER (June 20) on the cutting back of collegiate track and field programs. When in their infinite wisdom NCAA officials voted in the summer of 1976 to reduce track and field scholarships to 14, they believed they were increasing the competitive balance of the sport. Instead we have coast-to-coast mediocrity, with some programs deceased and others on the critical list.
When I was a high jumper for UCLA, from 1974 through 1977, before the limitation killed dual meets, our matches with USC, Oregon, Kansas, Tennessee, San Jose State and Arizona State were thrilling competitions attended by large paying crowds. Almost all events had at least one national and/or world-class performer. Now our colleges are producing fewer and fewer world-class athletes. Can it be true that after all these years America's best pole vaulters are still Mike Tully and Earl Bell? That the best U.S. miler is still Steve Scott?
Bill Dellinger's dual-meet incentive program deserves serious consideration. I'd love to see the U.S. Olympic Committee plow some of its windfall from the 1984 L.A. Games back into the nation's college track programs.
Santa Monica, Calif.