I don't believe it! In a week in which Johnny Miller wins an unheard-of triple on the golf tour and UCLA has an 88-game winning streak brought to an end, you have the nerve to put an article concerning bathing suits on the cover (Palmy Future for a Balmy Resort, Jan. 28). I'm not weird or anything (I can see more on the covers of at least three other magazines that I receive), but your priorities are a little mixed up.
Why shock your readers with pictures of half-nude dames when you should have put Notre Dame on the cover as No. 1? We don't need pictures of girls in swimsuits (if you can call them suits) to get over "the midwinter blahs" when there are so many sports to be illustrated.
FR. PHILODORE LEMAY, M.S.
When friends told me that SI had not featured our Bruin-beating Irish on the cover of your Jan. 28 issue, I was outraged. However, when I examined your coverage of such divine shapes as Cheryl Tiegs', I cheered just as loudly as I did when John Shumate brought down his last rebound on the most recent Catholic holy day, Jan. 19. Color coverage seems almost wasted on mortal athletes when compared with the article on heavenly swimsuits.
Notre Dame, Ind.
Nothing brightens up a drab January day better than your annual bathing-suit issue. I enjoyed all of the photographs—except the one of Esteban Padilla.
PAUL J. MAGUIRE
I would just like to know why a good magazine has to turn into a girlie magazine. My teen-age children read it. Two of my friends called and asked what I did. I told them that my husband took the magazine apart and removed the offensive pages; my friends destroyed their copies. You can terminate my subscription if it happens again.
MRS. GEORGE BRENNAN
Our school has been subscribing to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for three years, and we have found it very helpful in our reading program. However, this week we will be unable to use your magazine. If this format continues we will have to cancel our subscription. This type of picture in the classroom causes so much disturbance there is no reading done.
Paden City Grade School
Paden City, W. Va.
I know you'll get the usual deluge of letters from outraged mothers and narrow-minded people about your article. The only thing I can say is that if my son gets to be 13 or 14 years old and doesn't look, I'll take him to a psychologist. If my husband stops looking, I'll know he is dead.
On one of the rare occasions when you decide to dedicate eight pages and your cover to women, you once again blow it by not depicting women participating in sports or by interviewing a woman athlete. What do you show instead? Women modeling swimsuits. That's some sport! It seems that we go through this same display every year, and it is beginning to get ridiculous.
Funny, but "the sight of a pretty girl in a swimsuit against a backdrop of sun, sand and surf" doesn't do a thing for my "midwinter blahs." Do you plan a sequel featuring men in bikinis?
I wonder if all those parents who respond to your annual bathing-suit issue by canceling the subscriptions of their innocent children to save them from the sight of such vulgar seminudity will forbid their children to go to the local beach or swimming pool this summer lest they see more of the same thing in person.
JOHN W. INGRAHAM
New York City