After citing (SCORECARD, Oct. 31) the recent success of Los Angeles's sports teams, you couldn't resist one last shot of New York-based jealousy: "Enjoy it while it lasts, L.A." We do, thanks. In the 1980s, Los Angeles teams have won five NBA championships, two World Series and one Super Bowl. And L.A.'s contribution to the Olympics is not limited to having twice hosted the Games. In Seoul, 25 gold medals were won by current or former athletes from Los Angeles-area colleges, including 17 from UCLA, four from Pepperdine and two from USC. Over the years, UCLA and USC have won 129 NCAA team titles.
Santa Monica, Calif.
The new City of Champions may well be Los Angeles, but you're living in the past if you believe Wayne Gretzky is still the greatest player in hockey. The new Great One lives in Pittsburgh, the past City of Champions, and his name is Mario Lemieux.
BRIAN J. HULEK
I recently began my first year of junior college basketball and was looking for a way to improve my play. I thought, as many other struggling athletes have, that anabolic steroids were the answer. I had already made arrangements to purchase the steroids when The Nightmare of Steroids appeared in your Oct. 24 issue. Not only did Tommy Chaikin's story convince me that steroids are not the answer, but it also may have saved my life. Thanks.
Your story on the use of anabolic steroids came to my attention when my 15-year-old son asked, "Dad, will I have to take drugs to be competitive as a college athlete?" What is the honest answer to that question?
GEORGE R. LANOUE
Indiana has made it a felony for physicians to prescribe anabolic steroids for the purpose of athletic enhancement. I hope that the other 49 states will soon adopt similar laws.
RICHARD SCHMITT (Pharmacist)
?Ten other states—Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia—-have adopted regulatory or legislative measures to control the use, distribution and possession of anabolic steroids, though a violation isn't a felony in all cases. Similar bills are pending in the legislatures of Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.—ED.
Courage at West Point (PERSPECTIVE, Oct. 3) describes how two cadets overcame cancer. One had Hodgkin's disease, the other testicular cancer. My husband read the story, and because of it (he had previously noticed a change in one of his testicles but had not been alarmed by it), he made an appointment with his doctor. The day after his examination he had a cancerous testicle removed. The doctors told him that the article in your magazine saved his life. The ordeal is not yet over for us, but the future is a lot brighter than it might have been. Words will never explain how grateful I am.
Los Gatos, Calif.
I enjoyed your Focus (Oct. 24) on the growing popularity of statues of sports figures. Readers might be interested to know that Mark Lundeen isn't the only member of his family to create a bronze of a sports hero. Mark's older brother, George, is also a well-known sculptor and accomplished athlete (he can outdrive most of the golfers in this area). George has done a terrific life-size bronze (below) of Gene Sarazen for the Atlanta National Golf Club. It is comforting to know that Sarazen will grace those historic links for many years to come.