I can't think of a richer accolade for any piece of writing than to say it resonates with an intimacy, a literacy and a sense of scene-painting evocative of Frank Deford at his steady best.
Please send my heartfelt thanks to Gary Smith for his article on jockey Julie Krone (She Who Laughs Last..., May 22) and for keeping the flame bright.
DONALD S. ALTSCHUL
Congratulations on a great cover story. When Julie Krone visited the White House with other champion female athletes in celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, she stole the show. Her intense energy and spirit are remarkable.
While Krone is unique, I disagree with Linda McBurney's claim that Krone's success has not helped other women jockeys. With Karen Rogers and Diane Nelson riding with some success at Aqueduct and Belmont racetracks, it seems that the reluctance to use female jockeys has begun to break down. Rogers's successful comeback after nearly five years away from the track may have been aided by this shift in attitudes.
DEBORAH SLANER ANDERSON
Women's Sports Foundation
New York City
I'm sure the clothing engineers who created aerodynamic racing silks winced at your picture of Julie Krone on page 86 of the May 22 issue. All their good work has been negated by somebody's inability to tailor a beltline that fits her and that doesn't act like an air scoop for a hot rod. Maybe the folks who define waistlines so well in your swimsuit issue could recommend a designer with the right pattern, It should be a cinch.
DENIS R. HARRIS
GEIBERGER AND JACKSON
Thanks to Sarah Ballard for her fine article on Al Geiberger (Building a New Life, May 15). I suffered from the same kind of colon disease as Geiberger and also had to undergo ileostomy surgery. It was only after I heard about people like Geiberger and Rolf Benirschke, and organizations like the United Ostomy Association, that I realized I could return to a normal, active life.
Accepting the fact that one must wear an external pouch is difficult, and going public with the fact is even more difficult. Geiberger has a lot of courage. He has helped more people than he will ever know.
Recently a 10-year-old boy came to my office for an examination for Tourette syndrome because he had read Curry Kirkpatrick's article (Can't Hold This Tiger, Feb. 20) about LSU basketball player Chris Jackson, who suffers from Tourette's. The boy had diagnosed himself from the description of Jackson's symptoms. I had little to add, but I was impressed by the way this young man had been encouraged by the article. He has been started on medication and is improving control of his tic movements—and he's playing baseball and basketball.
Your story on Jackson was more important than any medication, because it clearly defined the problem for the boy and helped him to accept and cope with Tourette syndrome. It has given him hope for a normal life.
ANDREW W. ZIMMERMAN, M.D.
In reply to SCORECARD (May 8):