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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
April 10, 1972
MESSAGES FROM THE PRESIDENTSirs:In an article in the Feb. 21 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED called The Go-Go Girls of Sapporo you reported that Anne Henning and Dianne Holum received congratulatory wires from President Nixon which baffled the two recipients. The article implied that the two wires were poorly researched and haphazardly conceived.
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April 10, 1972

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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MESSAGES FROM THE PRESIDENT
Sirs:
In an article in the Feb. 21 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED called The Go-Go Girls of Sapporo you reported that Anne Henning and Dianne Holum received congratulatory wires from President Nixon which baffled the two recipients. The article implied that the two wires were poorly researched and haphazardly conceived.

The State Department has checked the texts of these two transmissions, and I have been assured that the two wires were sent from the United States Consul in Sapporo to the Olympic Village identical in language to the way they left the White House.

Knowing your desire to provide your readers with accurate material, I have enclosed copies of the two messages the President sent to Anne Henning and Dianne Holum which I hope will find their way into a future issue and correct the previous error.
HERBERT G. KLEIN
Director of Communications for the Executive Branch
The White House
Washington

MISS DIANNE HOLUM
U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM
C/O AMERICAN EMBASSY
TOKYO, JAPAN

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SPLENDID VICTORY. ALL AMERICANS SHARE MY PRIDE IN YOUR WINNING PERFORMANCE. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND ANNE HENNING IN THE 1,000 METER EVENT.
RICHARD NIXON

MISS ANNE HENNING
U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM
C/O AMERICAN EMBASSY
TOKYO, JAPAN

CONGRATULATIONS ARE DOUBLY EARNED FOR YOUR RECORD BREAKING GOLD MEDAL TRIUMPH IN THE 500 METER EVENT AS I UNDERSTAND YOU WON IT TWICE. AMERICANS EVERYWHERE JOIN ME IN WISHING YOU AND YOUR OLYMPIC TEAMMATES CONTINUED GOOD LUCK.
RICHARD NIXON

?Mr. Klein is partially misinformed. Two incorrect or garbled messages were received by Misses Henning and Holum, as we reported in our issue of Feb. 21. Subsequently, two corrected messages (above) were received by the athletes in question.—ED.

WAGE-PRICE STANDOFF
Sirs:
Ron Reid's article Vida Blue Stars in the Great Bathroom Farce (March 27) clearly illustrates the situation confronting major league club owners today. Here is a second-year man ( Vida Blue) asking for a ridiculous $92,500 salary (part of which will go to his attorney, Robert J. Gerst) and threatening to quit the game for good if his demands are not met. This type of action is an injustice to the club owners, the fans and the game itself. The current trend of today's players demanding astronomical salaries can only end up one way, in disaster!

Who is going to pay the price? The fans, of course! But if the current rise in salaries continues, the average fan will not be able to afford to take his family to a ball game. When most workers are asked to hold the salary line to a 5.5% increase, one wonders how today's ballplayers get away with this type of economic neologism.

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