UP IN THE VALLEY
It was exhilarating to read the accolades extended to the Memphis State Tigers in your issue of Feb. 26 (Dr. K, Big Cat and Little Tubby). Since the article was written, the Tigers have indeed wrapped up the Missouri Valley championship.
One omission should be noted: there was no mention of Bill Laurie, who, in the opinion of some, is the best of them all. One minor correction: Memphis State did not lose the conference title to Louisville in the 1972 playoff. MSU and Louisville were co-champions. The object of the playoff was to decide who would go to the NCAAs.
LEON M. STEVENSON
I heartily congratulate you for the article on the fine basketball team at Memphis State. We Tiger fans hope to see Larry Finch, Larry Kenon & Co. go far in this year's NCAA tournament. Bring on UCLA!
New Haven, Conn.
Many thanks to Barry McDermott for his fine article on the Bulls' Norm Van Lier (You Can't Keep a Wild Man Down, Feb. 26). Norm is the personification of the hustling, unselfish type of basketball that makes the Chicago Bulls an exciting—and winning—team. Even though Van Lier was passed over in the All-Star selections this year, he is No. 1 among Bulls fans. His recognition is long overdue.
Winthrop Harbor, Ill.
The Norm Van Lier I remember while an undergrad at St. Francis College was an individual who gave everything 100%. Your article, though accurate, failed to give a complete picture of the man and gentleman behind the player. Norm is one of the most inspiring persons I have ever known. If we all had the motivation and joie de vivre he has, there would be no losers in this country.
Thanks anyway for an enjoyable story on the best player, inch for inch, in basketball.
Drexel Hill, Pa.
Barry McDermott's article on Norm Van Lier was a sensitive and honest look at an outspoken athlete battling the giants of court and country. A worthy profile.
It was with surprise and enjoyment that I read the article Tennis in a Royal Selling in your Feb. 19 edition. For many years Bill Sweeney was the club professional at the Bronxville Field Club, of which I was a member during my youth. Through his patience, skill and kindness, I and many other children learned much about tennis and character. Visitors to the Acapulco Princess Hotel will not only be able to stay in what appears to be a tropical Shangri-La, but they will also, if they take some time out to play a little tennis, meet a great teacher and personable individual in Bill Sweeney.
I was extremely impressed with Walter Bingham's article and fascinated with how immaculate the courts looked. But it hurts to have all this right in front of me as I do my income tax.
Van Nuys, Calif.