What does the fact that Bryant Gumbel is an insensitive chauvinist have to do with sports? Or his inability to relate to colleagues? Who cares if he dislikes Woody Allen films? All that matters is that he is a highly competent reporter. He is not the first person to have strained relations with his mother. He is not the first person to have difficulty in dealing with the legacy of an over-achieving parent. From what I could glean from your tabloid-type article, he does not do drugs, beat his family or advocate the overthrow of the government. If he's not breaking any laws, then his life is his business. If he's a boor, then don't invite him to your next party.
New York City
Say what you want, Bryant Gumbel is one of the brightest people in television. NBC should be darn glad it has him.
CHARLES G. ROTH
FROM A FRIEND
I remember Bryant Gumbel from De La Salle Institute in Chicago, which was run by the Christian Brothers. He sat behind me in Brother James Luke's English class. Bryant's intelligence was obvious even then. We were often required to give speeches, and both his prepared and impromptu deliveries were extremely good. Bryant was also consumed with sports. I was a mediocre player on the school basketball team, and Bryant would often tap me on the shoulder and ask how the Friday or Saturday night game had gone.
The Gumbel brothers, Greg and Bryant, distinguished themselves at De La Salle. They left looking to the future. The city of Chicago and the Roman Catholic Church were very real influences in our lives. Therefore any attempt to understand Gumbel should be made with that in mind.
I am enclosing a copy of a page from my 1966 yearbook (see above), which Bryant signed.