THE WAY IT WAS
I would like to commend you and Larry Keith on the fine article about Alex Yunevich and football at Alfred University (Head Coach, Prewar Model, Oct. 21).
I was a student at Alfred last year and it was my good fortune to become acquainted with Coach Yunevich through participation in one of the golf classes that he taught. Besides being a successful coach, he is a kind, friendly and most entertaining person who is truly dedicated to Alfred and its students.
BARRY A. SCHOLNIK
It's good to read that some college coaches still have a fine sense of priorities—development of a boy's full potential first, the importance of winning second.
The article made me feel a bit guilty having cheered so lustily for my daughter's St. Lawrence 6-0 win over Alfred two weeks ago.
You failed to mention that Alfred had lost only four games in the last four years entering this season. They were awarded the Lambert Bowl two years ago. All this on a budget less than 10% of Ohio State's.
As a bodybuilder currently competing at the local level, I must congratulate you for finally recognizing bodybuilding (The Men and the Myth, Oct. 14) as a true sport, not a freak show or male beauty contest. I feel training for physique contests is the most grueling sport, as far as discipline and intensity of training goes. Nutrition, rest and painful workouts are not seasonal preparations. It's a daily grind with no letting up. Your article ably captured the dedication and drive of men like Arnold and Franco.
The bodybuilding story was fascinating, but rather repulsive. A curve is beauty, not grotesque lumps and bumps.
LYNN P. SCHROETER
Chula Vista, Calif.
Your article on bodybuilding and the pictures in it turned me off completely. I can't understand what they think they're trying to prove. I wouldn't want my man to look like that, and I think most women feel the same way.
As one of a small group of devoted snake lovers, I was shocked and surprised at a glaring error in Bil Gilbert's article on rattlers (Once Upon a Time, Oct. 21). Though it is true that warm-blooded snakes are relatively common in the wilds of Washington, D.C. and New York City, I have never heard of anyone who actually spotted a reptilian example. Snakes with scaly bodies are cold-blooded.
It must also be pointed out that anyone who attempts to treat a snakebite by sucking out the poison with his mouth should first check that he doesn't have chapped lips or skin breaks in his mouth. Venom can enter the bloodstream through either of these places.
HUGH A. MACDONALD