Come on now. With Secretariat winning the Kentucky Derby in record time, the Knicks defeating the Lakers and Ernie D. having a shoot-out with the Russians, where did you find the guts to make Mark Spitz' marriage your May 14 cover story?
Rocky Hill, Conn.
Thank heaven my May 14 issue was delivered before lunch. Had it arrived after I had eaten, your cover would have been that much harder to take. How could you expose that overexposed countenance while hiding a magnificent photograph of Secretariat on pages 20-21?
New York City
Mark Spitz may be worth $5 million, but Secretariat is worth $6 million. He should have been on your cover.
Personally, I would rather look at pictures of Walt Frazier stealing the ball or Wilt Chamberlain performing his finger roll or Jerry West floating in for a layup than see Mark Spitz hugging his wife, standing in front of his glorious poster and gawking at his fabulous videotapes. Spitz has already ruined his image, and you certainly aren't helping yours.
It would seem that SI has changed its priorities in cover stories from sporting achievements to social jabberwocky. That was the poorest choice for a cover story I have ever seen. Will Bobby Orr be your June Groom when he weds Ms. Peggy Wood?
GEORGE F. HEHIR
Ever since he returned from Munich, Mark Spitz has been put in an unfair situation (On Your Mark, Get Set, Sell, May 14). When are people going to realize that Spitz is a champion swimmer—the best in the world, for that matter—and that he should be applauded as such. He is not a Hollywood actor or an intellectual. He did his thing better than anyone else, and anything extra he receives as a result can only be envied, not put down. Take him for what he is, not for what he should be.
JERRY M. BLUESTEIN
Beverly Hills, Calif.
After reading your article on the legendary and mercenary Mark Spitz, I became disappointed by his attitude of cashing in on his medals. In fact, I got so disgusted that I threw out my Schick razor and stopped drinking milk. Perhaps Mark is not at fault but merely at the mercy of his agents.
STUART C. TENTONI
I had begun to wonder if all who wrote about Mark Spitz were biased, so it was good to see that one writer has researched his material and gone into his story with an open mind. Jerry Kirshenbaum showed the reason for Spitz' arrogance toward the press: the press has done an exceedingly thorough job of ridiculing Mark. Kirshenbaum also showed that there is more substance to Spitz' character than a cursory glance reveals. Many thanks for presenting Mark as the shy, sensitive person he is.
THE OTHER MATCH
It was a heartwarming experience to see Bobby Riggs smash Mrs. Margaret Court (Mother's Day Ms. Match, May 21). Now if only Notre Dame would return to an all-male institution....
PAT KAISER '74
JAMES LEWIS '74
JAMES CLARKE '74
SCOTT GJOVIK '74
JACK ANDRYSZAK '73
Notre Dame, Ind.
Having watched the Mother's Day mismatch, I have one comment. Women's tennis is the biggest athletic joke since golf, the fat man's copout, was designated a sport.
Gallup, N. Mex.